short film The Practice of Living 8 min
A young man follows the step - by - step process of illegally squatting a property through the use of an instructional audio CD which details the confrontation between the ideas of squatting culture and the ideas of land ownership.
The burst of the United States housing bubble in 2008 cast thousands of Americans out of
their homes and fractured the supposed stability of the global financial system. With
little to no connection to activist squatting culture, hundreds of U.S. citizens took it upon
themselves to take shelter in the surplus of vacated houses suddenly available. The
character presented in the film follows the logistical steps required to squat an abandoned
property but his motivations lack either the desperation of homelessness or the militance
of activism. In the absence of any apparent crisis this squatter brings a carefree
ambivalence to the reality of his situation. As he follows the step-by-step instructions to
squatting, what remains are the mundane actions required to inhabit a space outside the
imagination of land ownership and private property.
starring Joe Haege
(currently in festival circulation video soon)