Kim Pieters is an Abstract painter. She has for many years also produced photographs, improvisational film and music, from her Dunedin studios. Her audiovisual films initially developed as an intuitive merging of her interest in the moving photographic image and abstract sound and remain within that domain.
The films generally place a discrete sound image and an autonomous visual image beside each other. Sometimes a third term is introduced. (eg text as in ‘Stray’). The usual cinematic action/reaction relationship is absent between the terms. This does not mean that a relationship does not exist but its qualities are particular and are not predetermined. This creates a base that can be put into play (sensually or intellectually or both) by anyone that may give attention.
Pieters orchestrates the project editing her visual contribution to invited participants independent sound or word images, as the case maybe. The pace has a tendency to be very slow and the resulting effect is contemplative, often very beautiful.
SHE SAID THE FILM OFFERED A CLEARING TO WHOMEVER PAID ATTENTION. SHE SAID YOU NEED NOT PAY ATTENTION. CLEARINGS WERE NOT FOR EVERYBODY. SHE SAID. SHE SAID IF YOU WERE BORED THEN CERTAINLY YOU WERE NOT PAYING ANY ATTENTION AND WERE NO WHERE NEAR NO CLEARING. HE SAID IT WAS NOT A FILM IT WAS AN AUDIOVISUAL
Read an article by Abby Cunnane, There is Time for Waking Slowly - Kim Pieters’ The Golden Fields here.
CIRCUIT CAST interview with Kim Pieters can be found here.