The Guggenheim as of this past Monday has begun accepting submissions for a video art exhibition in October that will be at all of the foundationâ€™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.
The catch is they want all submissions via Youtube.
The plan titled “YouTube Play” is planned on being a Â biennial event to discoverÂ innovativeÂ work outside of the contemporary art track. Deadline for submissions is July 31st and will go before the Guggenheim curatorial staff. Submissions will be trimed to 200 from which 20 will be chosen via a jury of diverse disciplines.
The final 20 will then go on simultaneous view at all the Guggenheim museums. The 200 will be promoted on the YouTube Play channel.
All in all this will help bump the visability of Â the Guggenheim, give Youtube some cultural cachet and remotely possible, court the Guggenheim some atypical advertisers which are becoming more and more sought after players.
There is concern from various sections that this type of potpourri art that is only good for a short time and then tossed out, doesn’t build a common voice in the greater art discussion, doesn’t build artists andÂ allowÂ them to grow and doesn’t give institutions any foundation for future work. As much as I am more egalitarianÂ on this subject then many I whole heartedly agree that it’s just junk food.
I agree with the Guggenheim’s response that if this was the only thing they did it would be an issue but it isn’t and honestly this is better then a motorcycle exhibit potentially in the long term.
I still think largely the issue that is the elephant in the room is the general populace is caring less and less and the numbers on multiple fronts reflect that and even pandering doesn’t work.
This Youtube Play is little more then a American Idol, Art/Design Star attempt on a zero budget and maybe something good will come out of it? I am still interested more so to see what MOCA will produce in the months to come. I feel that is the most intelligent and serious test case for this debate in play.
I don’t see institutions solving this problem, nor more focus on curatorial practicesÂ sadly. We are at a back to basics issue in my mind and the first group of banded artists that can properly create remotely unified work that speaks to the general public on a regional level while having some teeth and is smartly marketed will be the spark that can get things rolling again on a mass level.
I almost caught a glimpse of that in 2008 with the election, the general public seemed toÂ rememberÂ the power of the visual image and joyfully get caught up in it. I would love for something other then politics or sex to do that but it’s still interesting.