Vid Picks of the Week: The YouTube Play Biennial, Part 2

What makes an online video exceptional? How is an online gallery different from one with four walls? These were certainly questions of interest to YouTube and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (and Art Attack). Yesterday, we started counting down our top 10 favorite videos from the YouTube/Guggenheim joint biennial YouTube Play. Today, we give you the best of the best.

Check out the top five after the jump.

5. Luis Luis is the second short video of the series "Lucía, Luis y el lobo" from the Chilean audiovisual art collaborative Diluvio (Cristóbal León, Joaquin Cociña, Niles Atallah). The video was shot frame-by-frame with a digital photo camera. Materials include charcoal, dirt, flowers, found objects and cardboard.


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4. I Met the Walrus In 1969, 14-year-old Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. I Met the Walrus was nominated for a 2008 Academy Award in the animated-short category. (It's also a big hit on YouTube.)


3. Home An old woman (Winnie MacIsaac) with arthritis tries to maintain her dignity while eating tomato soup. The two-minute video will haunt you despite no visual effects, tricky plot twists or horrifying images--just simple reality at its poetic best.


2. ILLEGAL DRUGS Three guys in spandex take a wild world tour that's simply inexplicable. Enter your email here - to get more ILLEGAL DRUGS!


1. Walter, A Dialogue With the Imagination Everything about this video is first-rate, including its description:

"Walter is a metaphor for a design process that's being visualised through an animation. The central point of this animation is the realisation of a creative concept that in the end will start living its own life. This of course is approached from the point of view of the imagination."

Learn more about the artist at

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