Monday, October 11, 2010

Guggenheim Museum's YouTube Contest


The Guggenheim Museum announced “YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video” in June. This video contest “aims to discover and showcase the most exceptional talent working in the ever-expanding realm of online video.” “YouTube Play” was developed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation along with YouTube and HP.

Out of 23,000 submissions from 91 countries, the Guggenheim’s curatorial team selected 125 videos for the shortlist. These videos will be reviewed by the “YouTube Play” jury, and the final jury selection (up to 20 videos) will be shown at the Guggenheim on October 21. Among the 125 is a submission by Josh Bienko, whose appearance in the 2008 MFA show at GMOA, especially his Christian Louboutin heels painted on the distinctive red soles (below) with work by Jeff Koons, was quite a hit.

Nancy Spector, the deputy director and chief curator of the Guggenheim foundation, comments on the shortlist:

The shortlist presents a rich sampling of the best creative video found on YouTube and is representative of the various stylistic and conceptual genres specific to this broad, ever-expanding platform. The selection is diverse in technique, subject matter, geography, and professional status, which reflects the increasing accessibility of new media technologies around the world. We believe the shortlist reveals the abundance of creative energy this project evoked.

Click here to go to the “YouTube Play” site.

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