YouTube Play: Top Videos Announced

Yesterday at an event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the top videos for YouTube Play were announced. The videos comprise the ultimate YouTube playlist: a selection of the most unique, innovative, groundbreaking video work being created and distributed online during the past two years.

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YouTube Play: Live from the Guggenheim

On October 21, the top videos selected by the YouTube Play jury will be revealed and celebrated at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The videos will be presented at the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao, Berlin, and Venice from October 22 to 24, 2010. The videos will also be on view on and

Curating Play, Part II

With the theoretical issues I raised in my previous post in mind, I’m going to present some suggestions that might begin to address the practical concerns that they raise. To wit: one way of offering insight while enhancing the visitor’s experience (both online and at the various Guggenheim museums) would be to have YouTube Play’s jurors, curators, and artists provide commentary tracks for the pieces, which could be selected or ignored, much in the manner of more conventional exhibition audio-guides or DVD extras. Another way would be to invite both Play participants and viewers to remix or re-curate each other’s work. This would not only speak to the user-generated capacities of the material’s origins, but also provide new associations with—and provocative juxtapositions of—the works on display.

Curating Play, Part I

In my first post, I said that YouTube Play offered a unique opportunity for the museum to investigate the shifting sands of our visual culture. I want to follow up on that idea by talking about how the museum might take up the curatorial challenge presented by Play.

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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