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Juror Focus: Marilyn Minter

On Monday, September 20, the shortlist for YouTube Play was announced. These 125 videos will now be viewed by the jury, whose top 20 selections will be presented at the museum on October 21 and 22. In the following interview, we sat down with artist and juror Marilyn Minter to get her thoughts on art, life, advertising on TV, and kittens on YouTube.

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The Vasulkas: Video as a Pure Signal

In an earlier post, Hanne Mugaas described the near-mythical arrival in New York of the Sony Portapak. That same year, 1965, Steina and Woody Vasulka also came to roost in the Big Apple. Their presence would prove equally crucial to the development of the city’s media art scene—not only through their own work, but through their founding of experimental venue the Kitchen, which is basically where the non-CBGBs part of the '70s happened.

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YouTube Play Shortlist Unveiled

The shortlist for Youtube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video was announced today. We received a wide range of videos, from experimental or abstract work and mashups, to animations, music videos, and narrative short films. The shortlisted videos include submissions from students, video artists, photographers, filmmakers, composers, video game programmers, a comedy improv group, an American Women’s Chess Champion, a Swedish rock band, a South African hip-hop group, and an Australian electronic music producer, among many others.

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My Three Favorite YouTube Videos

"Miss Teen USA 2007 – South Carolina Answers a Question":

"I personally believe that, US Americans, Like everyone born after such dates beyond last, yet after 2001, might have recycled such past lives fast enough to show evidence of conjugated frontal memory exchange: As in, such abilities needed but not had: Must be applied were as to interpret ideological compression of such US American based Groups." This Quote, which was potentially said by Miss Teen South Carolina, written for her by an ambient agent, is fairly successful and I strongly agree with the gist of this statement. Which I understand to mean; Memory is contagious, Momentum is worthy, and if we don't learn how to curate and customize personal flow... we might just Digi-Loop Humanity into something language will wear as an accessory. Which might be cute: As a stepping stone. Either way Intelligence is in the air: Total Recall and then Edit.

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Screening Play

As a media platform, some of YouTube’s best qualities are its anarchic, associative character, its inherent eclecticism, and its easy accessibility. A user may flit from a fan-subbed anime clip to a homemade mashup of evangelical churchgoers (seemingly) headbanging to heavy metal band Slayer, from POV snowboarding footage to a clip from a Buster Keaton movie. As MoMA’s Kathy Halbreich pointed out in a recent issue of Artforum, a lot of people who do not identify themselves as artists are doing wonderfully creative things on YouTube.

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