ABANDON(ware) Capital excess routine

by Marcello Mercado


Marcello Mercado
ABANDON(ware) Capital excess routine, 2014
1-channel video installation,
11 min. 44 sec.
stereo 16:9 colour


ABANDON(ware) Capital excess routine by Marcello Mercado

Vimeo - PASSWORD: m1663




ABANDON(ware) Capital excess routine, 2014

Mediated intimacy description of digital culture. Clouds and hard disks as memory prosthesis. The boundaries between people and technology are blurring. Old software, irony, and interactive games as "affective" elements.

It is the conjugation of filmic narratives, video art and interactive games with the user's melancholy by the disused or discontinued software (abandonware): The outdated/obsolete technology. From television in the first person - video art - to the interaction with algorithmic beings. From cinema to the television iconography. From electronic images to personalised digital technologies.



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Direction: Marcello Mercado
Music: Marcello Mercado
Animation: Marcello Mercado
Production: Marcello Mercado
Idea/ Concept: Marcello Mercado



1 Beamer,
1 Videoplayer
2 Loudspeakers
1 Room with black walls, 8m x 8m
1 bench or similar
Screen size aprox: 580 cm x 326 cm







Marcello Mercado

Born in Argentine (1963). German citizen. He  lives and works in Köln, Germany.

2014 Grant from the Digital Synesthesia Group, Department of Digital Art, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
2013 Grant for Media Art from the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art
2012 Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica in Interactive Art;
2009 His work “Das Kapital” was selected in the exhibition “40 Years Videoart Germany” by Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Technologie. Karlsruhe. Germany;
2001 La Biennale di Venezia, Special Projects: Bunker Poético, curated by Marco Rotelli
         Post-Production Residence in Centre International du Creation Vidéo Pierre Schaeffer Montbéliard Belfort France;
         Wie mann sieht…Museum Ludwig, Cologne; curated by Siegfried Zielinski and Jürgen Klauke
         The First Prize Videobrasil;
1999 Grand Prix de La Création Vidéo. Vidéoformes, Clermont-Ferrand. France;
1999-2001 Fellow at The Academy of Media Arts Köln. Germany;
1998 and 2001 The First Prize Videobrasil;
1997 Achievement Award. Melbourne International Film & Video Festival, Australial;
1996 Fellow at The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and The Lampadia Foundation;
1995 Main Prize 22nd EKOTOPFILM’95. Bratislava. Slovak Republic;
1994 The Main Prize Videofest Berlin
      Grand Prix de Toutes Categories. 4a Mondial de la Video. Bruxelles, Belgium
1993 Grant at Fundación Antorchas and The Rockefeller Foundation and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,
He exhibited nationally and internationally  at  ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement, Geneva; Biennale di Venezia 2001; The Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Taipei. Taiwan; II Biennial of Mercosul, ArtCologne, Cologne; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Tent Gallery. Rotterdam; Berkeley Art Museum. Pacific Film Archive; Museo del Banco de la República, Bogota, etc