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Title: Just amazing
Post by: Martin Daughton on March 09, 2010, 08:55:44 PM
and - despite myself - deeply moving...

This video shows the winner of 2009?s "Ukraine?s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about $75,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman?s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman?s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine , resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

One art critic said:
"I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there?s surely no bigger compliment."

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vOhf3OvRXKg#t=00 (http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vOhf3OvRXKg#t=00)
Title: Re: Just amazing
Post by: Mike Morgan on March 09, 2010, 10:39:24 PM
Brilliant post, thanks.

Only downside for me (and it may be my PC) is that the vid kept stopping to upload or whatever the term is.  Nevertheless an outstanding watch.

Me I can't even get a sand and cement mix right to grout my patio.
three : one,  sand : cement is it?
Title: Re: Just amazing
Post by: Pete T on March 09, 2010, 10:45:46 PM
Me I can't even get a sand and cement mix right to grout my patio.
three : one,  sand : cement is it?
..that's a bit strong 5:1 or 6:1 should be fine, use as a dry mix, and brush into the cracks..
Title: Re: Just amazing
Post by: Nick Nation on March 09, 2010, 11:10:03 PM
...and brush into the cracks..
Title: Re: Just amazing
Post by: John Bannon on March 09, 2010, 11:18:58 PM
and - despite myself - deeply moving...

This video shows the winner of 2009?s "Ukraine?s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about $75,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman?s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman?s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine , resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

One art critic said:
"I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there?s surely no bigger compliment."

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vOhf3OvRXKg#t=00 (http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vOhf3OvRXKg#t=00)
Martin Thanks for this, some people have incredible talent, I remember somebody putting up a musian that played the guitar on his lap I think it might have been on the old Man Board, that was just jaw dropping stuff...could whoever put it up do it again....make an old man happy.....no more pictures of Kate my heart can't take it...
Title: Re: Just amazing
Post by: Tim W on March 09, 2010, 11:40:52 PM
Erik Mongrain.

Airtap (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbndgwfG22k&feature=related)

Fusions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDGXs3wuaPQ&feature=related)

PercusionFa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUQzXQhAgvw&feature=related)

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UK October dates (http://www.erikmongrain.com/Concerts.asp)... another one touring Yorkshire and other outlying distrricts.
Title: Re: Just amazing
Post by: John Bannon on March 10, 2010, 12:14:31 AM
Thanks Tim, Just superb.....
Title: Re: Just amazing
Post by: Mark Davies on March 10, 2010, 01:14:21 AM
Erik Mongrain.

Airtap (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbndgwfG22k&feature=related)

Fusions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDGXs3wuaPQ&feature=related)

PercusionFa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUQzXQhAgvw&feature=related)

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UK October dates (http://www.erikmongrain.com/Concerts.asp)... another one touring Yorkshire and other outlying distrricts.

Bar 1:22, Hudddersfield :) Oct 15th - clashes with Hudds Beer Festival :( However, when I was last there recently, the sound quality was crap.
Title: Re: Just amazing
Post by: Martin Daughton on March 10, 2010, 07:02:09 PM
Erik Mongrain.

Very similar sound to Michael Hedges who was also very two hands on...