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Simply

Pablo Curto

A voyeuristic observation explores Casa Levene, designed by Eduardo Arroyo.


In this totally black and white live footage, Pablo Curto immerses the audience in a continuous loop of voyeuristic observation of the intimacy within Eduardo Arroyo's Casa Levene (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, España).

Inspired by the atmospheres and perspectives of Michael Hanneke's "Caché" ("Hidden") film, as the author himself admits, "Simply" subverts the perspectives of the viewers, giving one the feeling of being hidden somewhere inside the house, spying on two parallel, separate stories, inside and outside the everyday domestic routine. Thanks to its location, Casa Levene was chosen as the perfect setting for shooting within these frames which, in a way, resemble the perspective of security cameras.

The keen lines and geometries of the house also suit the graphic attitude and the almost complete absence of action of the video as an alternative narrative, which involves the audience in a game of switching perspectives. Half-way between a fashion film and a piece of video-art, the short movie was conceived as a video installation to be displayed on a loop during Simply #3's issue launch party in Madrid in April 2014.

Authors icon Credits

Mentioned project: Casa Levene (2002-2005)
Project location: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Production: Simplyprorsum

Spain 2014
Duration: 2'56''

Selected for HAUNTED HOUSES (Rome; September 2014), a public talk and architectural video screening curated by Image for MAXXI.