Two extremes of human artistry

I love watching people exhibit the best parts of humanity, especially because it provides such a welcome respite from all the worst parts we read about in our daily news. Here are two such exhibitions, hailing from opposite ends of the technological spectrum.

When I watched this first video yesterday, it had 301 views. As of this morning it has almost 875,000. And deservedly so: it’s an astonishing demonstration of the artistic possibilities on a new medium that has been stereotyped as a device solely for consumption, not for creation.

But when you take an artist’s finger, an iPad Air, an app called Procreate, and 285,000 brush strokes, you end up with a photorealistic portrait of Morgan Freeman. It’s over 200 hours of work condensed into three minutes, and for a person like me who finds stick figures an artistic challenge, it’s practically miraculous.

At the other end of the spectrum is classical music, performed the old-fashioned way on physical instruments. But the venue of this performance from Carmina Burana is a bit different — it’s at Wein Westbahnhof, the Austrian starting point of the West Railway. The video is a year and a half old, but this sort of thing never loses its shine.

Imagine being a kid in the station for a performance like this. What magic!

(If all you know of Carmina Burana is the thunderous “O Fortuna,” don’t worry, it’ll get there. The arrival of the kettledrums will be your cue.)

Flash mob video via TYWKIWDBI.

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Two extremes of human artistry

  1. xenatuba says:

    Both of those are just incredible…

  2. Cathy White says:

    Ok, the iPad art is amazing, but the flash mob gives me chills, when they start to sing it makes me wish I was there.

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