Alessandro Mercuri, born in 1973, studied philosophy in France and cinema in the United States at Calarts (M.F.A. in live action). He lives and works in Paris.
He directed the documentary Alien American (2001), portrait of a woman claiming to come from outer space. Film critic Holly Willis wrote in L.A. Weekly : «Mercuri likes to assert that the video is neither a “fake documentary nor a real fiction”, which neatly summarizes the project’s unsettling view of the dichotomy between the real world and its multiple representations.»
He published in 2008 at the Editions Léo Scheer a literary essay, entitled Kafka Cola, sans pitié ni sucre ajouté (without pity nor added sugar).French novellist Philippe Sollers wrote in the press: Who is Alessandro Mercuri ? I do not know. Nevertheless, he just wrote a sparkling little book. Kafka Cola, variations inspired by the famous sentence of former boss of TF1 (French TV channel): “What we sell to Coca-Cola is available human brain time” . What is this new brain substance and where will it lead us ? You’ll see.
Alessandro Mercuri had some texts published in the French and American journals for literature L’infini (Éditions Gallimard, 2010), Rouge-Déclic (2010) and Revolving Floor (2009).
Mondo kawaii @..@, an essay on the cartoon series Happy Tree Friends was published in Écrivains en Série, saison 2
(Éditions Léo Scheer, collection Laureli, 2010).
His new essay, a counter-cultural studies piece, entitled Peeping Tom has been published in June 2011 (Éditions Léo Scheer).
Since December 2011, Alessandro Mercuri runs the e-journal Paris Like.
His new work, entitled Le dossier Alvin (The Alvin File), was published in September 2014 by art&fiction, collection Re:Pacific, Switzerland.
Le dossier Alvin (art & fiction, Switzerland, September 2014)
Available in English
Born during the Cold War, Alvin, or, more precisely, Alvin DSV-2, is a submersible of the U.S. Navy. The craft completed nearly 5,000 underwater dives off the coasts of mysterious and paradisiacal islands in a sea of coral and azure, into the darkest, most hellish and icy depths. Some of these missions, classified as “military secret”, changed the course of the history of mankind and fish. As George W. Bush used to put it: “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” Nothing could be less sure.
Combining historical documents, nuclear paranoia and scientific research, Alessandro Mercuri steers us through murky waters. The Alvin File is an immersion into the delirious, tragic, magic and zany universe of… underwater fiction.
Alessandro Mercuri builds up The Alvin File by following the dive log of the submersible which was used during underwater secret missions commissioned by American intelligence agencies. Handling diversion in the same way spies manipulate information, he creates a “poetico-fictional Wikileak” based on declassified archives, various documents and photographs: a diffracted narrative in the Internet era, in which are interwoven, without distinction, scientific discourse and conspiracy theories, myths and mythomania, real and imaginary creatures, murky and salty waters.
Kafka Cola, sans pitié ni sucre ajouté (Éditions Leo Scheer, 140 p.)
Kafka Cola is a literary essay, a “pop art” vision of our modernity, of French society and contemporary American mythology.
Kafka Cola is a variation on a main theme inspired by the famous sentence of former boss of TF1 (French TV channel) :“What we sell to Coca-Cola is available human brain time”.
Even more refreshing, more invigorating, more exhilarating than just energy drink or any other substance more or less legal, Kafka Cola immerses the reader in an imaginary world, baroque and cruel where utopia and reality collide. More anarcho-psychedelic than altermondialist, Kafka Cola interrogates our modernity and deploys a comic and hallucinatory vision of the society of communication. Endangering intellectual good manners, praising the absurd, the misappropriation, the deception and the trangression, Kafka Cola offers an immersion in a delusional world : ours.
Frightened virgins of good conscience, refrain!
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