YouTube Play Shortlist Announced

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The Guggenheim and YouTube, in collaboration with HP and Intel, have announced the shortlist for YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video. The biennial, which was inaugurated in June, aims to discover and showcase the most exceptional talent working in the ever-expanding realm of online video, regardless of genre, technique, background, or budget. After more than 23,000 submissions from 91 countries, the 125 shortlisted videos can now be seen on the YouTube Play channel, as well as kiosks at the Guggenheim museums in New York City, Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice.

The shortlisted videos feature wide-ranging submissions from students, video artists, photographers, filmmakers, composers, video game programmers, an American Women’s Chess Champion, a Chilean collector of diecast cars, a Swedish rock band, a South African hip-hop group, and an Australian electronic music producer. Regarding the submissions, Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Foundation, said, “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.”

The jury will select their top 20 choices from the shortlist to be revealed and presented at a special YouTube Play event at the Guggenheim Museum on October 21. The 20 final videos will be on view to the public from October 22 through 24 in Annex Level 2 of the museum, and available to a worldwide audience on