Marcellvs L.

Belo Horizonte, 1980; lives between Berlin, Germany, and Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Marcellvs L. has been developing his work in video since the early 2000s, using recordings of commonplace situations to make compositions that reinvent reality while creating a unique temporality. According to the artist, the possibilities opened by his images allow us “to discern the inaudible power of ordinary, everyday things, normally stifled by our haste.” His work reflects on time, on the power of chance and unforeseeable encounters, and on the political and ethical urgency implied by artistic production. His choice of video is due to its portability, ensuring independence in the making, editing and distribution of his works. These conditions allow him to proceed randomly and often solitarily to find the scenes that serve as the raw material of his videos and video installations.

The video 0314 (2002) belongs to one of his most well-known series, ongoing for many years: the VideoRizomas [VideoRhizomes]. The word “rhizome” was appropriated from botany by philosophers Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995) and Félix Guattari (1930–1992) to address the idea of branchings of thought based on connections and associations, that can be broken at any point and be resumed from one of its branches. Marcellvs L.’s videos approach this concept insofar as they do not follow a narrative, but rather function as fragments of a story whose complexity alludes to life itself. Each of the titles of the videos is likewise random, defined by a numeric combination given by a throw of dice. In 0314, we initially seem to be watching the projection of a scratched filmstrip, a graphic sequence of scratches and white points. Gradually, we hear an increasingly loud sound of raindrops, and we recognize that the high-contrast video image is actually a close-up shot of rain falling on a rooftop.

Cecília Rocha