aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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an evening with the gates
Posted by dav at 2005 March 13 04:44 PM
File under: Art

My friend Thomas in NYC participated in a recent walking tour of Christo's The Gates in Central Park. The participants downloaded music to their ipods (or whatever), met at the designated spot and synched to the same music before proceeding. Thomas writes:

It's difficult to articulate what "The Gates" really are. (I'm sure they're something different for every person…). For me the evening was almost cinematic (maybe it was the soundtrack…). The Gates seemed to focus my experience of the world around me. It was almost as if they created rooms and corridors in an outdoor space. The park at night was extraordinary. Around every bend was a new thing to see and experience. There were breathtaking and magical scenes that were brought into sharper focus by the darkness.

Beautiful. Maybe it seemed cinematic also because Thomas was video taping the night and has released a gorgeous video with a sample of the walk's soundtrack. Go to his site to read more and download the video: Trebsworld: The Gates. This was the first time I felt the power of this incredibly hyped art project! Thanks Thomas, it was well worth the 33 meg download :)


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