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Pablo Mercado studied Fine Arts at the Universidad de Sevilla ( Spain ) and the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci di Perugia (Italy). Then he completed the Master of Arts creation and research at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).
He has had numerous international exhibitions in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico and Taiwan. And it has been selected to participate in residency programs such as residency for artists in the Contemporary Art Museum MAC Gas Natural Fenosa in La Coruña, Spain or Soulangh Artists Residency in Taiwan, Taiwan. And also granted by the Mexican Government to do a research project in Merida, Yucatan. Since 2010 lives and works in Berlin where he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions.
The primary focus of his practice is human memory and in particular how the brain processes
and recall the information to create memories. The memory of a complete experience consists of fragments of information that are stored in different regions of the brain. These bits of information are then reunited by the hippocampus from the separated areas. Till recently it was believed that memories remain static until the holder was damaged. Recent studies in neuroscience suggest that when we remember an event a new consolidation of the memory occurs. This is not a generation of a new memory but a restructuring or reconstruction of a memory prior. When the brain remembers something, that memory is reconstructed and updated. This phenomenon means that when something is recalled not the original event is remembered but only the last update. In this recovery, the brain reinterprets and modifies the information. The more an event is recalled the great the difference in between the recollection and the original event would be.
In this endeavor, he has come to an interesting observation. He becomes aware of this during the production of a recent work. He began to see the whole untouched television as the original experience from which memories arises.
張嘉珍 CHIA-CHEN CHANG
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