Thursday evening, the normally stark, white walls of the Guggenheim in New York City pulsed with the images of Alice in Wonderland's neon purple cheshire cat, a hot pink balloon tormenting Strindberg, a maze of arms, and more.
Nancy Spector, Marilyn Minter, Stefan Sagmeister, and the musicians of OK Go were among those who turned out for the packed and star-studded unveiling of YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video, an interactive exhibit of 25 videos that will be on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City through Sunday, October 24.
Anyone with access to the Internet was invited to submit an artwork for consideration in the exhibit, and the top 25 were chosen from over 23,000 online videos that were submitted to a YouTube site by creators from 91 countries. The goal of YouTube Play is "to reach the widest possible audience," explained Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Guggenheim at the event. A jury of 13 people, including Laurie Anderson, Takashi Murakami, and the band Animal Collective, helped choose the videos. Spector noted that the intention had been to select 20 videos, but that "they jury was so moved by the quality of work submitted that we decided to honor a final list of 25."
See the top 25 videos in the slideshow below.