25 finalists in Guggenheim-YouTube creative video biennial

Oct 22, 2010 by Paola Messana

Twenty-five clips from around the world were selected for the first creative video biennial run by the Guggenheim Museum and the YouTube video sharing site, highlighting online video as a popular art form.

The finalists of the " Play, a Biennial of Creative Video" event range from South African rap to Brazilian animation, and were chosen from more than 23,000 submitted entries. They can also be seen on YouTube's website at youtube.com/play.

The famous white facade of the museum, located on New York's Fifth Avenue in front of Central Park, was transformed into a giant screen late Thursday where the finalist videos were shown.

The videos will be broadcast again after sundown Friday, inside the museum and at the museum's affiliates in Bilbao, Berlin and Venice through October 24.

The event is "the first biennial of online video to be organized by a major museum of contemporary art," said Guggenheim Museum Director Richard Armstrong.

"In the last two decades, the moving image has been fully absorbed into critical contemporary-art practices," he said.

A senior official at YouTube, Ed Sanders, said that the project "was conceived as an effort to surface the video gems that lie at the intersection of creativity and technology."

The 25 videos "represent the breadth of genres and techniques specific to online video today, and tip their hat to YouTube's global reach and diversity," Sanders said.

The themes among the work of the finalists vary widely.

A video clip titled "Auspice," by American Bryce Kretschmann, includes a collage of faces of US television news broadcasters from major networks with horror-film music in the background.

Another video, "Bear Untitled" from Christen Bach from Denmark, is a short animation about a hunter and a bear. "Birds on the Wires" by Brazilian Jarbas Agnelli shows birds landing on electricity cables to the tune of musical notes.

The authors are often young professionals, but there are also students, musicians, and even a chess champion.

The youngest include Nick Bertke, an Australian resident born in 1988 in South Africa, and Frenchman Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prezeau, born in 1986 and a resident of Paris.

"In making their selection, the jury was looking for a broad range of genres specific to online , including, but not limited to, non-narrative, experimental works; mashups; animations; stop-motion graphics; remakes; music videos; and narrative short films," the organizers said.

A jury of 25 prominent artists helped choose the finalists, including filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, landmark musical group Animal Collective and visual artist Takashi Murakami.

The Guggenheim's chief curator Nancy Spector served as jury chairperson.

Videos were submitted from nations including Chile, the Czech Republic, Japan, Northern Ireland, South Korea and the United States.

Explore further: WEF unveils 'crowdsourcing' push on how to run the Web

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

YouTube adds online video editing tool

Jun 17, 2010

YouTube users can now edit their own videos online. The Google-owned video-sharing site added an online editing tool this week that allows YouTube users to combine multiple videos, shorten a video or add soundtracks ...

YouTube Limits Cookie Tracking on White House Website

Jan 23, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- With the launch of President Obama's White House website, three days ago, there has been extensive use of YouTube videos on the site. As we all know Google now owns YouTube and tracks every vi ...

Recommended for you

WEF unveils 'crowdsourcing' push on how to run the Web

9 hours ago

The World Economic Forum unveiled a project on Thursday aimed at connecting governments, businesses, academia, technicians and civil society worldwide to brainstorm the best ways to govern the Internet.

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

Aug 26, 2014

People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

US warns shops to watch for customer data hacking

Aug 23, 2014

The US Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned businesses to watch for hackers targeting customer data with malicious computer code like that used against retail giant Target.

Fitbit to Schumer: We don't sell personal data

Aug 22, 2014

The maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices says it has never sold personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Should you be worried about paid editors on Wikipedia?

Aug 22, 2014

Whether you trust it or ignore it, Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world and accessed by millions of people every day. So would you trust it any more (or even less) if you knew people ...

User comments : 0