Artist-filmmaker, moving-image researcher and video editor, Guli Silberstein is a British citizen born (1969) and raised in Israel. Based in London UK since 2010, he received his BA in Film from Tel-Aviv University in 1997 and a MA in Media Studies from The New School University, New York City, where he studied and lived in 1997-2002. Since 2000, he creates work involving personal recordings, found footage, and mixes of both, processed digitally by noise, glitch and other disruptions of “clean” image, dealing with perception of reality and social-political issues. His work is widely shown and winning awards worldwide and in the UK.
My work has two strands: the first one deals with political images of violence, war and protest. Works from 2001 to 2014, dealing with Israeli-Palestinian context, are now collated to one project - 'The Schizophrenic State Project'. Appropriating mass media footage, it’s critique of news images, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images.
The second strand of videos are more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues.
Both strands experiment with video form as poetic expression. Often involving close family and travel footage, a common theme is addressing the fine line between tranquillity and chaos, and fragility of existence, aiming to extract humaneness from digital video code. The works explore uncertainty and its political implications, in a world bombarded with images, superfluous contradicting information and a growing realisation of falsity of perception.
The works incorporate personal recordings, footage found online, and mixes of both, processed digitally, and composed as montages or as developing single shots. Noise, glitch and other disruptions of “clean” image are used. Images become substance, are re-contextualised, and turn into sensory experience.
Guli Silberstein Artist-filmmaker, moving-image researcher and video editor, London-based