Guggenheim and YouTube Unveil 'Biennial of Creative Video'

Thursday, October 21, 2010

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, 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


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Specify Others from New York, NY


BIG SCREEN PROJECT, 6th Avenue and 29th Street, New York City, 25th October 2010, 4:30-9 pm

WHITE BOX, 329 Broome Street, New York City, 26th October 2010, 6-10 pm

SanctionedArray roundtable discussion at WHITE BOX, 26th October 2010, 7 pm

SanctionedArray is an online database of video art conceived in response to the restrictions of artists' submissions to The Guggenheim Museum's and YouTube's video biennial, Play ( Artists' submissions to Play were limited by OFAC sanctions ( - citizens or residents of Belarus, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Myanmar/Burma and Zimbabwe were not eligible to submit their work. We maintain that the application of OFAC sanctions to virtual transmissions of video art perpetuates the conditions that led to the imposition of these sanctions. In protest to the continuity of such restrictions, artists of any origin - including those from the sanctioned countries – were invited to submit their work to SanctionedArray.

One hundred of the most notable and varied video entries will be selected for the SanctionedArray online database and announced on October 25th on
A playlist of 50 videos curated by SpecifyOthers will be presented to the public on October 25th, from 4:30 to 9 pm at BIG SCREEN PROJECT, 6th Avenue and 29th Street, New York City. An interactive screening of all 100 SanctionedArray’s selected entries will be held on October 26th from 6 to 10 pm at WHITE BOX, 329 Broome Street, New York City, with a roundtable at 7 pm, including Wafaa Bilal, artist; Hamid Dabashi, author and professor, Columbia University; Shayana Kadidal, attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights; and Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, artist; moderated by SpecifyOthers.

At SanctionedArray, we look forward to having "everybody play."

Conceived and organized by SpecifyOthers, New York City & United Arab Emirates ( in collaboration with WHITE BOX, New York ( and co-presented by ArteEast (www.arteeast,org).

Oct. 22 2010 01:40 PM

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