If you haven't seen anything incredible yet today, check out this astounding video from the winner of this year's "Ukraine's got talent."
Ever the analyst, I've been trying to break down just why this is so good. For starters it's obvious that it's an original, atmospheric piece of skill performed live by a beautiful heroine. Like many great pieces of creativity, however, it also has several tensions at its heart:
- Everyday, inorganic sand becomes something magical and alive
- A serious tragedy is brought to life on throwaway reality TV
- Destruction becomes beautiful
Personally, the serious nature of the film makes me hope that she doesn't sell out to an advertiser just yet. A sand doodle iPhone app, though... Now THAT would be cool.