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Guggenheim and YouTube Unveil 'Biennial of Creative Video'

On Thursday night, the Guggenheim museum and YouTube will unveil 20 winners of an online video contest. The winning videos will be projected from 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. inside the museum, and from sundown until 10:30 P.M. on its facade.

Guggenheim and YouTube chose the winners from more than 23,000 submissions from 91 countries, as part of the "Biennial of Creative Video" at Guggenheim branches in New York, Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice. The submissions came from a diverse group—students, video artists, photographers, filmmakers, composers, video game programmers, an American Women’s Chess Champion, a comedy improv group, a Swedish rock band, a South African hip-hop group, and an Australian electronic music producer. A jury of mulitimedia artists chose the winners, which Nancy Spector, deputy director and chief curator of the Guggenheim Foundation, said were “representative of the various stylistic and conceptual genres specific to this broad, ever-expanding platform." The contest judges include musician Laurie Anderson, the band Animal Collective, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, and artists Douglas Gordon and Takashi Murakami.

Murakami says that online videos are now part of the cultural fabric of our society: “These innovations have brought with them drastic changes in both the form and dissemination of artistic expression," adding that the online video sharing has created a revolution. "Not a day passes without me watching something on YouTube," Murakami said.

If you miss the show of winning videos tonight, you can see them projected on Friday from sun down until 10:30 P.M. at the Guggenheim or check out the YouTube Play channel, youtube.com/play. We've also selected some of our favorites below.

"Seaweed," submittted by tellno1ne

"Noteboek," submitted by evelienlohbeck

"Bear Untitled, D.O. Edit," submitted by Christenbach

"Synesthesia," submitted by territimely1