"Walking is a form of architecture; conscious and unconscious delineation and shaping of space through presence and movement; boundaries; axes; paths. Natural environments physically respond to the pressure of bodies and feet and our movements leave trails – natural lines derived from physical repetitive action; footsteps in snow, sand or grass, or a worn forest path. Urban environments are designed to resist marking by the physical presence of the body.” (Pete Gomes ‘Notes on Walking’ for Futuresonic Festival 2004)
With the camera positioned very low to the ground we see material, surface and boundary close up. A walking pace appears to be as fast as a car. Some materials appear familiar whilst others viewed at speed become elusive and make us dream.
Pete Gomes is a filmmaker and artist and working in London. His work encompasses film, video and performance practice with a particular interest cinema and location.
He has collaborated widely including Michael Nyman, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Jocelyn Pook, Scanner and Errolyn Wallen, screening works at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Institute of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery, Architectural Association, Architecture Foundation, Gimpel Fils, Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture, Stedelijk Museum, Vienna Museum of Contemporary Art, Leeds International Film Festival, Sonar and others.
He previously taught filmmaking and locative media at the Architectural Association in London and is currently teaching and working on a feature length project in London. His recent works involve directing actors in devised performance.