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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Posted by dav at 2007 December 16 09:12 PM
File under: Art

A few months ago I bought a toy $40 digital 200x microscope called the Eyeclops. It outputs HD video directly to an RCA input on a TV or A/D converter. Today I used it to make a music video for Colours by Hot Chip.

My canvas for this piece was a printing of Salvador Dali's The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. I chose this one partially because I've been reading a book that corrects the myriad misconceptions most of us have about the native Americans before and after the arrival of Columbus, and partially because it depicted a pretty good face of just about the right size.

The video isn't quite what I'd hoped for. It was a bit hard getting it just right as I wanted to do it all in one take and it's difficult to manipulate the microscope lens just right. Plus the song itself moves a little too slowly. But overall I'm fairly pleased with this one.

Comments:

Wicked cool! Did you do all that in one take? A very clever use of a very cool tool...

Posted by: Thomas on December 18, 2007 12:37 PM

Thanks!

Yeah, all one take. Although it took me about 7 takes to get that one, and I still wasn't very happy with it but I was getting tired of doing takes :)

Posted by: dav on December 18, 2007 12:40 PM

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