Strategic Partnerships II

October 26, 2010

Back in June, I wrote about an amazing partnership between YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum called YouTube: Play (read original post). It allowed artists to submit videos via YouTube with the possibility of exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York. More than 23,000 submissions later, the videos were narrowed down to the final 25. Last week I had the pleasure of watching part of the live streaming multimedia event that took place at the Guggenheim in New York.

Thanks to the help of technology, the live streaming event looked beautiful on my large computer monitor. I don’t want to say it was better than being in the museum (this is nearly impossible considering the Guggenheim’s amazing architecture), but I was very comfortable. And inspired. I found the event incredibly entertaining and inspiring as I watched musical performances and interviews with the filmmakers. This event, in my mind, ties in really nicely with my recent reading of Steven Pressfield’s War of Art because the filmmakers truly went pro as they completed their films. Weather you’re a writer, dancer, musician or painter, you’ll feel a huge sense of joy, motivation and appreciation as you watch these short films.

You can view all 25 of the final videos on YouTube. Here’s one film from the final 25 called “Words” and I find it highly entertaining…

I also invite you to watch the Guggenheim event, which is available for viewing on YouTube. Grab your favorite beverage and view the event highlights here or the entire program here.

1 Lance October 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I remember you sharing about the Play project earlier this year – and I loved the concept. So, today seeing some of what has come from this – so awesome!! And this is great – the video you’ve shared here!

2 Lori October 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Hey, thanks for the links, Tim. Like Lance, I remember that post, too, and thought it very awesome. This is great! Yes, it ties in well with The War of Art, big time!
Thanks for sharing this. I’m inspired! I’m inspired! Whoo hoo!

3 Tim October 27, 2010 at 7:18 am

Hi Lance: I’m glad you enjoyed the video…I could have easily included many different ones including one that’s Beatles-related. I’m glad I wasn’t a judge! So much talent involved in this project- it makes me grateful of this partnership between the Guggenheim and YouTube. Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Lori: I’ve got to tell you I was really moved watching the live stream of the event last week. It reminded me of my visit to the Guggenheim two years ago, which was a great experience. It was also a huge celebration of the arts, which I love. I’m glad you read War of Art and found this inspiring, too. I think a big part of the creative process is to see what other people are doing. Ultimately, I think it elevates our game and makes us more well-rounded and ready to create something brilliant of our own. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

4 J.D. Meier October 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm

It looks like a match made in Heaven.

War of Art is one of those little books I’m so glad I read … well, absorbed and internalized is probably a better way to put it.

5 Tim November 1, 2010 at 7:32 am

Hi J.D.: Yeah, IMHO it’s one of those partnerships that we all benefit from, so that’s a good thing whether we’re appreciating the art or creating it. As far as War of Art goes, good to hear you enjoyed the book, too. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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