Pedro Jiménez

Bare feet walk on sand and rocks. We are by the sea shore. The camera is behind the person whose feet they are. We now see the feet in a wider shot, so we notice the trousers rolled up to the knees –so as to avoid getting wet-.

An everyday, repetitive, automatic action is repeated: walking. A walk on the sea shore, nothing more than this, that offers us enjoyment and reflection. Echoes from far away –or not so far away-, are seen, of work by Kiarostami, Erice or Val del Omar. The video is reminiscent of maestros of the contemplative moving image, of experimental film.

The image is impregnated with a melancholy tone by the blueish grey hue of the images, by the absence of any other colour. Together with the calm rhythm –albeit not slow- of the walking, this takes us to another shore, a metaphoric one: that of the poetic experience.

Piéces is Jiménez’s first videographic work. By filming the steps of those feet in their walk, the artist enters two cinematic fields well trodden by the above mentioned maestros (and many other filmmakers): the capture of (real/narrative/filmic) time and the questioning of “the real”: What is the story behind this walk? Where are these two feet going? Where do they come from? How long have they been walking for?...

At the end of the video the act of walking becomes a collective gesture: we see, always from the back, three pairs of feet, six piéces walking away from the camera.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Piéces
  • Direction: Pedro Jiménez
  • Production: Pedro Jiménez. 2001.
  • Team:

    Edition: Juan Jiménez
    Art Team: Beatriz Rodríguez, Javier Martín, Rocío Expósito
    Music: Malasmañanas de HSS – voluble.net

  • Duration: 00:04:30
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Creative Commons