Línea de producción por excedente, 2014

Surplus Production Line, 2014

Adrian Melis created a private company in Amsterdam in 2014. In various media he published a job offer aimed at Spaniards, involving working two hours a day five days a week for a month. The job consisted of printing the 2,700 CVs received from those applying for the post and then destroying them in a shredding machine. The resulting shredded CVs along with a projection showing the process of its destruction.

The cracks in the system of capitalist production are Melis’s working material. In this piece, he transforms the job prospects and life expectations of the applicants into raw material for shredding. The work is a sarcastic reference to the maxim of liberal economist Joseph Schumpeter, who argued that capitalism creates wealth by destroying existing economic and social structures.

Technical details

Original title:
Línea de producción por excedente
Registration number:
Melis, Adrian
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Media installation
Shred paper and single-channel video, colour, sound, 10 min
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Private long-term loan
© Adrian Melis
It has accessibility resources:

Accessibility resources
High-relief image
Tactile reproductions
Texts in braille

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