Marcellvs L. | 0720 & 9493


On the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2012, carlier gebauer is pleased to present Marcellvs L.‘s most recent works continuing his ongoing project VideoRhizome which started in 2002. Based on Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari‘s notion of rhizome delineated their philosophical essay Mille Plateaux, an open ever-growing network that forms momentary alliances with other networks and like a root, a rhizome is a map of multiplicities. For the VideoRhizome series, the artist determines specific criteria that both the production and the distribution follow. The title of each work consists of 4-digit numbers determined by rolling dice, a random process that is re-enforced by their method of distribution to numerically corresponding adresses extracted from the local telephone book. A coincidental community is thereby created and becomes a self-expanding structure. Unscripted and often edited during shooting, the videos allow for chance relationships among the circumstances captured in their visual and auditive eventuality. 

While 9493, filmed during the day, focuses on a child playing in a tent in which the wind is heard blowing loudly, 0720 captures snow falling at night under the light of a street lamp. Despite the common movement of the wind of these two works and their very dull presence by the sound – paradoxically played loud -, the images produced and captured are almost static and make the whole installation out of time, an abstract piece which cannot be situated in reality, bringing us back to our own perception of time. As with Deleuze and Guattari‘s rhizome, Marcellvs‘s VideoRhizome is without “beginning or end; always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo”, resisting progression and chronology.

Installation Views

  • Marcellvs L., 0720 & 9493, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, Berlin, 2012