Originally posted on TED Blog:
In his TED Talk, “The shared experience of absurdity,” Charlie Todd shared the hilarity he creates for his fellow New Yorkers through flashmobs like the No Pants Subway Ride. The flashmob idea has, of course, spread widely. In the video above, watch one coordinated by the organizers of TEDxAden, a spontaneous musical performance in the elevator bank of their local mall. Complete with coordinated dancing, this flashmob brought smiles to the crowd that gathered around.
Also raising chuckles this week: Wayne White, sharing his playful images at TEDxKC. White turns the kind of landscapes you’d find on a motel wall into palettes for messages like “Luv Hurts” and “Good Looking People Having Fun Without You.” He’s been making paintings like these for 13 years. “People say, ‘Wayne, how do you choose the letters — is it some kind of conceptual link?’ No, whatever fits,” he says. “Never, ever discount anything in the studio, no matter how spontaneous or goofy or jokey it is. There’s gold in those moments.”