A juried selection of 25 YouTube videos that represent "the most unique, innovative, groundbreaking video work" online in the past two years debuted this week at four Guggenheim museums and on YouTube.
The selected videos were among tens of thousands submitted in the global contest, YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video, a collaborative effort between YouTube and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to highlight talent from the digital realm, "regardless of genre, technique, background, or budget," to create the "ultimate YouTube playlist."
Selected by an 11-person panel of big-name artists, including director Darren Aronofsky, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and indie-rock band Animal Collective, the winning submissions come from across the globe, including South Africa, Australia and Brazil, though the majority come from North America and Europe.
The selections represent a vast array of storytelling forms and digital mediums, from "deuce," a stop-motion animation that portrays an awkward encounter between a man and a woman, to an Academy Award-nominated animated short that uses an interview with John Lennon as the soundtrack called "I Met the Walrus."
The top videos, which were revealed Thursday at the Guggenheim Museum in New York , can be viewed on YouTube.com/play. They also will be shown at the Guggenheim museums in New York; Bilbao, Spain; Berlin, Germany; and Venice, Italy, through Sunday.