Thanks to Youtube we can broadcast almost anything from our bedrooms, bigots now have a central location to talk shop and office hours are now punctuated with four year olds shredding Guitar Hero, punch ups at Russian Weddings, people getting hit in the groin and animals being ridiculously cute. That’s not always a good thing of course, but there’s greatness lurking there too, if you look for it. Amidst the auto-tuned everything and bewildered Japanese game show contestants there are some Youtube videos which remind us why human beings are so wonderful. The beauty of our bonds, our creativity, our stories, our lives. All of that good shit. It’s the same kind of wonder celebrated by YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video – a joint initiative between Youtube and the Guggenheim Museum which honours “a selection of the most unique, innovative, groundbreaking video work being created and distributed online during the past two years”.
It works like this. After sorting through over 32,000 video submissions, 125 were shortlisted by a jury of creative luminaries such as Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Darren Aronofsky, Ryan McGinley, Takashi Murakami and Stefan Sagmeister. The top 25 were then unveiled last week in New York including two videos from Australia – “Bathtub IV” by Sydney based tilt-shift/time-lapse pioneer Keith Loutit and “Gardyn” by Perth based VJ/musician Pogo.
The entire playlist is worth watching here but we’d start with the Aussies below, congratulations chaps.
YouTube Play: the Jury Selection
Keith Loutit – Bathtub IV
Pogo – Gardyn