Guggenheim Foundation and YouTube Seek Budding Video Artists

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Bill Viola pioneered the video art form nearly 30 years ago, when hardly anybody was experimenting with it. He likes to combine Buddhism and Zen concepts in his videography. This image is taken from his 1996 video "The Crossing," a super-slow-moving video of a man walking. He's just walking, on a life-sized projector, through fire and rain. It's mesmerizing.

New
York, New York – For artists, being included in a museum exhibition
generally
means first having to penetrate the well-guarded gates of a prestigious
art
gallery. But now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and YouTube are
aiming to short-circuit that
exclusionary art-world system, at least briefly, in much the same way
that other
hierarchical systems have been blown apart in the Internet age.
Beginning Monday
anyone with access to a video camera and a computer will have an
opportunity to
catch the eye of a Guggenheim curator and vie for a place in a video-art

exhibition in October at all of the foundation’s museums: the Solomon R.

Guggenheim in New York, the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, the
Guggenheim Bilbao
in Spain and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.