Walks: pond, pass, peak / kiva, temple, pyramid

1974-1975, 10:50 min, color, sound

After initiating The Walk Series (1973-74) in San Francisco, d'Agostino produced pond/pass/peak as video "documentation/performances" while backpacking in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts inaugural video fellowship program in 1974.

Parallel to the natural environments of a pond, a mountain pass and a peak, the "kiva/temple/pyramid" walks were later performed in key historic cultural spaces of North America: Chaco Canyon's Great Kiva, the Sun Temple at Mesa Verde and Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal, Mexico.

These early walks were the beginning of a process of exploring natural and cultural environments that has continued to evolve as the World-Wide-Walks over the past four decades.

Peter d'Agostino writes: "This work was inspired by my studies with two seminal visual anthropologists, John Adair and John Collier, who fueled my interest in the Native American Cultures. Adair's project, Through Navajo Eyess: Navajos Film Themselves", was an especially significant influence on my work at that time."

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2012, 63:53 min, color and b&w, sound