Monday, October 18, 2010

YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video

Go take a look at some of the 125 videos that have been shortlisted for "YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video." They've been selected from more than 23,000 submissions from 91 countries.

A jury, which includes performance artist Laurie Anderson and film director Darren Aronofsky, will now select their top 20 choices to be revealed at a special event at the Guggenheim Museums (in New York, Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice) on October 21, and on view to the public and on through October 24.

What sort of videos?

...innovative, original, and surprising videos from around the world, regardless of genre, technique, background, or budget. This global online initiative is not a search for what’s “now,” but a search for what’s next... The end result will hopefully be the ultimate YouTube playlist: a selection of the most unique, innovative, groundbreaking video work being created and distributed online during the past two years.

We received a wide range of videos, from experimental or abstract work and mashups, to animations, music videos, and narrative short films. They include submissions from students, video artists, photographers, filmmakers, composers, video game programmers, a comedy improv group, an American women’s chess champion, a Swedish rock band, a South African hip-hop group, and an Australian electronic music producer, among many others.

In short, not much videojournalism, but probably plenty to inspire videojournalists... and amuse video aficionados of all stripes... Watch here.

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