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Going Deep in Guggenheim YouTube Play and WCOOP September 25, 2010

Posted by Jennifer in : art,chess,feminism,hooping,poker , trackback

I’m happy to report here that Hulachess has been shortlisted for the 1st Guggenheim YouTube Play biennial! 125 videos made the cut out of over 23,000 entries from 91 countries. Browse the shortlist at YouTube.com/Play and find hulachess either by my username (Superjenium) or in the “Non-Narrative” Category. Now an art and filmstar jury including Shirn Neshat and Takashi Murakami will whittle the field down to 20 videos to be installed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (as well as the Bilbao, Venice and Berlin institutions) from October 21-24.

Because I play in so many Multi-table poker tournaments (MTTs) I have a good sense of the luck and skill required to go deep in a field with thousands of contestants. Funnily enough, the day prior to the shortlist announcement I made the money at a NL Hold Em World Championship of Online Poker event (WCOOP) on pokerstars. I grinded the Sunday away, sadly missing a South Philly street fair outside my house, with drinks, dancing, sausage sandwiches and lemonade and carnival games. But when the bubble burst, I was happy to be indoors on a gorgeous day. Out of almost 10,000 players I ended in 514th place for a decent cash. Still, the 280K first prize was many dreams and coinflips away.

If only the Guggenheim gallery morphed into a cardroom to determine the YouTube Play finalists! I could I face my artist, musician and game designer opponents in either six max Sit and Gos (the winner of each six person poker tournament would advance to the top 20), a regular Multi-Table satellite or even a Heads-up Knockout. To be honest, I don’t think the Guggenheim jury intends to decide it heads-up, since they only picked 125 videos, and the round one heads-up brackets would need 128 artists. Well… a few videos, such as hulachess, could be seeded into round two :)

See a few of my other favorites below. In other words, I hope these aren’t seated to my left.

Congrats also to co-creator Daniel Meirom, dancer & choreographer Gabrielle Revlock and Director of Photography Blake Eichenseer. For more press on the 1st Guggenheim YouTube Play Biennial, see mashable, flavorwire, the Huffington Post, and Alexandra Kosteniuk’s chessblog.com. Also thanks to Samara O’Shea for letting me and Daniel know about the contest, and for a nice post about hulachess on letterlover.net.


1. Ted - September 27, 2010

I love your writing

2. Eric Kirk - September 28, 2010

Ms. Shahade, do you know where I can find the score of the Duchamp game depicted in the video?

3. Jennifer - September 29, 2010

Hi Erik,
Thanks for your post! You can find the game here on chessgames.com. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1579967 However, the video art depicts a deviation starting on move 24. I analyze the whole game and this deviation in Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess. http://artofchess.org/ Cheers, Jennifer

4. Eric Kirk - September 29, 2010

While I’m at it let me compliment you on your book Chess Bitch. My wife bought a copy for me some time back and I just started it. Once I’ve finished I’ll save it for my daughter. She’s six now and I just started teaching her the game.

My head was spinning while reading your first chapter where Ms. Polgar and others discussed special strategies and openings for menstruation. Did they also suggest special strategies and openings when for the common cold, trouble at work, or a romantic breakup? The one male player said he has to try not to be distracted by thoughts of sex. Probably after a long morning game, I’d also have to worry about the distraction of thoughts about lunch. Do you have any special openings for that?

Anyway, I’m through your second chapter and I appreciate the history of Vera Menchik whom I was familiar with and Sonya Graff whom I was thinking maybe I’d heard of but decided I was confusing her with the tennis player of the same last name.

Great book, and I look forward to continuing with it tonight.

5. Eric Kirk - September 29, 2010

Oops, I thought I had typed “thank you” at the beginning of the post. Well, thank you for the information.

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