Open House Divided Estates

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Shot on location in Mexico City, Open House | Divided Estates takes as its starting point the intimate spaces of Casa Barragán, the former home of architect Luis Barragán, and his idiosyncratic collection of vinyl records. Shelves of vinyl, record turntables and speaker systems are installed in almost every room in Barragán’s house, including hidden speakers in the garden. The film reanimates the architect's extensive record collection through playback, choreographed camera moves and lip synch.

Open House | Divided Estates attempts to open out the public domain territory of Barragán’s record collection while exploring the grey zone of the building's image rights. The film explores both the complex web of propriety rights locked within the vinyl collection and images of the house in relation to their legal position and public access.

The soundtrack to Open House | Divided Estates is created entirely from copyright-expired recordings and fair use samples taken from the extensive and idiosyncratic record collection. For MK Gallery a new version of Open House | Divided Estates has been assembled for European distribution in 2014. The film and its soundtrack are distributed under a copyleft license (cc by-sa 3.0).

A film by Eileen Simpson and Ben White shot on location at Casa Luis Barragan, Mexico City

first shown at:

En vivo. Performance and Performativity
curated by de_sitio

Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola - Bosque de Chapultepec
Mexico City

13 June - 4 August 2013

A new version of Open House | Divided Estates assembled for public domain distribution in Europe launching in 2014