New York’s Guggenheim Museum has announced the jury for its international YouTube Play competition.

YouTube Play is billed as “the world’s most inclusive biennial of creative online video”. The jury for this year’s edition includes Animal Collective, whose first foray into film-making, ODDSAC, was released earlier this year to considerable acclaim [the above picture is a still from it], multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, photographer Ryan McGinley, movie director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Pi, Requiem For A Dream) and visual artist Douglas Gordon. Marilyn Minter, Takashi Murakami, Shirin Neshat, Stefan Sagmeister and Apichatpong Weerasethakul are also judges. The jury is chaired by Guggenheim Chief Curator and Deputy Director Nancy Spector.

According to a press release, more than 6,600 videos have been submitted from around the world since YouTube Play launched last month, with more than 2.6 million viewers visiting the YouTube Play channel. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2010.

Nancy Spector says: “We will be looking for work that will test, elevate, and experiment with video as it is manifest online. We are less interested in what’s ‘now’ than in what’s next.”

YouTube Play is open to students and amateur video makers, artists, and creative professionals; submissions may include animation, motion graphics, narrative, nonnarrative, documentary, and music videos.

The jury will review a shortlist of up to 200 video works pre-screened by the Guggenheim, and select up to 20 that they consider to be “the most creative and inspiring, regardless of genre, technique, or budget.” The short-listed videos will appear on the YouTube Play channel in September 2010.

More information here.



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