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Shortlist Announced for YouTube Play, the Video Art Search With the Guggenheim

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The shortlist for YouTube Play, the joint venture by the Guggenheim and YouTube to create a "biennial" of amateur video art, has been announced. We're not sure, though, what criteria the museum used to pick the 125 videos from the over 23,000 submitted, or how the distinguished panel of judges will narrow those 125 down to the 20 designated for exhibition at the Guggenheim's various outposts.

Novelty and obscurity were obviously not deciding factors, as both OK Go's 'This Too Shall Pass' and Rymdreglage's viral '8-Bit Trip' from last year seem to have made the shortlist. (It's not as though we were expecting this project to discover the next Kenneth Anger or Maya Deren, but we were a little surprised to see the kings of indie rock listed among the unknowns.) Check out a hyped-up video about the shortlist after the break, or see all of the shortlisted entries here.

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