Guli Silberstein London based artist, filmmaker, video editor
Artist, filmmaker and video editor 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, including London Short Film Festival, Alchemy Moving Image Festival Scotland, Transmediale Berlin, Go Short the Netherlands, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival Germany, JIDFF Jihlava Czech Republic, Montreal Underground Film Festival Canada, the National Centre of Contemporary Art Moscow, and hundreds more.
My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, 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 explores uncertainty and its political implications, in a world bombarded with images, superfluous contradicting information and 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.
New forms are created, offering challenging perspectives on the original footage, exploring social, political and psychological affects of these images mediated to us via electronic means.