Friday, October 22, 2010

Let's Guess Which Famous Jury Member Championed Which of YouTube Play's 25 Winners

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Guggenheim YouTube Play finalists
Last night, in a live webcast from the New York Guggenheim, the 25 jury-picked winners of the museum's inaugural biennial online crowd-sourced video art competition YouTube Play were announced—not to be confused with the 125 shortlisted videos announced last month. The celebrity jury—which included Ryan McGinley, Takashi Murakami, Animal Collective, Laurie Anderson, Shirin Neshat and more—made a few surprising choices, and some expected ones. Now let's try to figure out which jury member championed what short video, with a little arbitrary retroactive aesthetic match-making.

Laurie Anderson's style of song and storytelling approach, but never quite reach, the level of audio collage in Nick Bertke's superb experimental music-doc "Gardyn"

A member of Animal Collective is stage-named Panda Bear, and a bear stars in Christen Bach's unbelievably sad 8-bit short "Bear untitled," which is full of likewise AC-reminiscent nostalgia.

Darren Aronofsky made Pi, of which "Moonwalk" by Martin Kohout is basically the YouTube-era remake.

Douglas Gordon's photographs with cut-out eyes haunt our dreams, as will, it seems, the superimposed newscaster faces in Bryce Kretschmmann's short "auspice."

Marilyn Minter totally chose "Deuce" by Monica Cook, for all its uncanny textures and drippy details.

Ryan McGinley photographs beautiful young people who alternately look awkwardly self-conscious and transcendent, just like the figures in Akino Kondoh's "Ladybird's Requiem"

Takashi Murakami designed the character Helium in Eun-Ha Paek and Erin Perkins's hilarious short "Strindberg and Helium at the Beach," right?

Shirin Neshat's beautiful video art often follows a woman's journey through an enclosed landscape from a very intimate distance, much like Jillian Mayer's "Scenic Jogging."

World-renowned designer Stefan Sagmeister probably identified with creatively connected and arrayed clips in Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadan's "Words."

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's short and feature films have an intense textural quality that seems akin to Niles Atallah, Cristobal Leon and Joaquin Cociña's interior dreamscape "Luis."

Nancy Spector, the Guggenheim's deputy director and chief curator, seems to have a thing for sparse, visually striking exhibitions, so Erik and Matthew Huber's "The Huber Experiments-Vol 1" likely appealed to her aesthetic sensibilities.

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