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In 2008 the Guggenheim Museum teamed up with YouTube in an attempt to better connect with the public and “reach the widest possible audience”. The result was YouTube Play – a showcase of exceptional talent working in the ever-expanding realm of online video. Anyone could submit creative video for the contest and would stand a chance of having their work displayed in the hallowed halls of New York’s Guggenheim museum. The creative video biennial finally came to an end on the 21st of October 2010 after accepting 23 358 video submissions. Originally it was decided that the submissions would be whittled down to 20, yet the quality of the work led the jury to eventually choose 25.
The top 25 videos were announced at a special event on the 21st of October at the Guggenheim Museum where they will be played in special kiosks as part of the biennial exhibit. The winning videos were created by 39 artists from 14 countries: Australia (1), Brazil (1), Canada (2), Chile (1), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (1), England (2), France (1), Japan (1), The Netherlands (1), Northern Ireland (1), South Africa (2), South Korea (1), USA (9). Videos were chosen from a number of genres including non-narrative, experimental works; mashups; animations; stop-motion graphics; remakes; music videos; and narrative short films.
Featured below are the top 25 selections, along with the details of the people who created them.
The entire shortlist of 125 videos can be found on the biennial channel.
Bryce Kretschmann, born 1974 in California, USA, lives in Newark, NJ, USA.
Bear untitled – D.O. Edit
Christen Bach, born 1978 in Kolding, Denmark, lives in Berlin, Germany.
Keith Loutit, born 1973 in Melbourne, Australia, lives in Coogee, Australia.
Birds on the Wires
Jarbas Agnelli, born 1963 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he still lives.
Birdy Nam Nam ‘The Parachute Ending’
Steve Scott (Director), b. 1970 in Plymouth, UK, lives in London, UK.
Will Sweeney (Art Director and Illustration) born 1973 in London, UK, where he still lives.
Monica Cook, born 1974 in Dalton, Georgia, USA, lives in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Die Antwoord – Zef Side
Sean Metelerkamp, born 1984 in Knysna, South Africa, lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Pogo (Nick Bertke), born 1988 in Capetown, South Africa, lives in Perth, Australia.
I Met the Walrus
Josh Raskin (Director and Animator), b. 1980 in Toronto, Canada, where he still lives.
James Braithwaite (Drawings), born 1978 in Edmonton, Canada, lives in Montreal, Canada.
Alex Kurina (Computer illustration), born 1981 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, lives in Toronto, Canada.
Jerry Levitan (story and voice), born 1954 in Toronto, Canada, where he still lives.
JAkino Kondoh, born 1980 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, lives in New York, USA.
Le Syndrome du Timide
Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prézeau, born 1986 in Nalliers (Vendée), France, lives in Paris, France.
Joaquín Cociña, born 1980 in Concepción, Chile, lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Cristóbal León, born 1980 in Santiago, Chile, lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Niles Atallah, born 1978 in Sacramento, California, USA, lives in Santiago, Chile.
Man with a Movie Camera: The Global Remake
Perry Bard, born 1944 in Quebec City, Canada, lives in New York, USA.
Martin Kohout, born 1984 in Prague, Czech Republic, lives in Berlin, Germany.
Evelien Lohbeck, born 1983 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, lives in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Post Newtonianism (War Footage/Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Footage)
Josh Bricker, born 1980 in Torrance, CA, USA, lives in New York, USA.
Jillian Mayer, born 1984 in Florida, USA, where she still lives.
Remi Weekes and Luke White, both born 1987 in London, UK, where they still live.
Strindberg and Helium at the Beach
Eun-Ha Paek (Director, Animator and Artist), born 1974 in Seoul, South Korea, lives in New York, USA.
Erin Perkins (Writer and Voice of Helium), born 1977 in Duluth, MN, USA, lives in Oakland, CA, USA.
James Bewley (Voice of Strindberg), born 1975 in West Chester, PA, USA, lives in New York, USA.
Terri Timely (Corey Creasey and Ian Kibbey)
Corey Creasey: born 1979 in Long Beach, CA, USA, lives in Oakland, USA.
Ian Kibbey: born 1980 in Berkeley CA, USA, lives in Oakland, USA.
Taxi III Stand Up and Cry Like a Man
Lisa Byrne, born 1973 in Town – Newry, Northern Ireland, lives in London, UK.
The Huber Experiments
Erik Huber, born 1984 in Atlanta, USA, where he still lives.
Matthew Huber, born 1973 in Atlanta, USA, lives in New York, USA.
This Aborted Earth: The Quest Begins
Michael Banowetz, born 1955 in Wichita, KS, USA, lives in Denver, CO, USA.
Noah Sodano, born 1981 in Denver, CO, USA, lives in Denver, CO, USA.
Lindsay Scoggins, born 1985 in Gainesville Florida, USA, lives in Tampa, USA.
Everynone (Will Hoffman, Daniel Mercadante, and Julius Metoyer III)
Will Hoffman: born 1985 on Staten Island, New York, USA, lives in New York, USA.
Daniel Mercadante: born 1984 in Farmington, Connecticut, USA, lives in New York, USA.
Julius Metoyer III: born 1985 in Los Angeles, USA, where he still lives.