Guggenheim Announces Shortlist for ‘YouTube Play’ Video Biennial

youtube play.jpgA group that includes students, video artists, filmmakers, a Swedish rock band, and an American chess champion is that much closer to having their work exhibited at the Guggenheim. That diverse bunch is a just sampling of the creators behind the videos shortlisted for YouTube Play, the HP- and Intel-sponsored “biennial of creative video” launched in June to discover and showcase the most exceptional talent working in the realm of online video. Somehow, the Guggenheim’s curatorial team culled the more than 23,000 submissions from 91 countries into a particularly promising 125 (watch them here) that have been presented to that incredible jury, which includes Stefan Sagmeister, artists Marilyn Minter and Takashi Murakami, and filmmakers Darren Aronofsky and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. “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,” said jury chairperson Nancy Spector, deputy director and chief curator of the Guggenheim Foundation. “The selection is diverse in technique, subject matter, geography, and professional status….We believe the shortlist reveals the abundance of creative energy this project evoked.” Up to 20 of the jury’s top choices (our fingers are crossed for Strindberg and Helium!) will be revealed and presented at a special YouTube Play event at the Guggenheim in New York City on October 21. The final videos selected by the jury will be on view to the public from October 22 through 24 in the museum’s Tower 2 gallery and viewable on the YouTube Play channel.