Guli Silberstein London based artist, filmmaker, video editor
Artist-filmmaker, video editor and lecturer Guli Silberstein is based in London
UK since 2010, a British citizen born in Israel (1969). He received his BA in
Film from Tel Aviv University and a MA in Media Studies from The New
School University, New York City, where he lived in 1997-2002. Since 2001,
he creates work shown and winning awards in festivals and art venues in the
UK and worldwide, works at the media industry and has been teaching post-
production & filmmaking in colleges & universities.
My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. Works from 2001 to 2014 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, especially in the context of childhood, 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. The video material is 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.