Guli Silberstein London-Based Video Artist
2015, UK, 4'02''
A symbiosis of human and nature forms, by direct manipulation of video code, purposely damaging it in ‘glitch’ process, creating rich explosions of colour and form. The images, a little girl in a flower field, Earth from space and bits of satellites, become vibrant substance, where the girl and the environment interact in a constant process of mutual consumption, reflecting poetic perception of existence.
“The machinic phylum is materiality, natural or artificial, both simultaneously; it is matter in movement, in flux, in variation”.
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, "A Thousand Plateaus".
LAYERS OF COGNITION
2005, UK/THE NETHERLNADS, 5'12''
The video depicts a dark and obscure world of perception, trying to capture the intangible, breaking away from the concrete notion of sight and sound, and creating an amplitude of cognitions, where attention is diverted to unexpected places: ‘As we move from the more conscious aspects of interpreting messages toward the more unconscious processes of perception we seem to be shifting our levels of abstraction from the more concrete towards the more abstract’ (Gregory Bateson).
STUFF AS DREAMS
2016, UK, 5'52''
Panicked news reports from scenes of terror that may or may not have happened, and family and travelling images that might have been a dream or maybe not, are intertwined into a painterly collage breaking-up and collapsing into itself, exploring both personal and public perceptions of an increasingly fractured world.
Best experimental film, Short Movie Club, Minsk Belarus, 23.7.17
Best experimental film, New York Film Week, 11.7.17
Best experimental film, Sydney World Film Festival, 26.6.17
3rd place award, International Videoart Festival of Camaguey, Cuba 9.4.17
SOME VIDEO WORKS:
2012, UK, 3'25''
A young woman is blocking two armed soldiers from firing at protesters in a Palestinian village. The image, picked up from a TV news report found online, is digitally processed and slowed down, and the soundtrack is replaced with lyrical music. The scene is turned to a peculiar dance, almost romantic, highlighting the magical and rare human connection created in the heroic act, captured and transmitted by digital technology.
2014, UK, 4'19''
Radiant, raging freedom fighter, 11 year old Ahed Tamimi, is punching the empty space in front of her. A computer algorithm roughly cuts her out her surroundings, struggling to contain her, with her enemies rubbed off the frame. Gradually, more fragments of the scene are revealed, and the context is made clearer. The processing of a 2012 video found on YouYube, highlights the documented scene as an image, both of a fight for freedom and a media event.
Screenings and Awards:
Best experimental film, 15th Un Festival Trop Court ! Nice, France, 2015, Best experimental film award at BornShorts festival, Denmark 2014, Jihlava IDFF Czech Republic 2014, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival 2014, Germany, FIVA Video Art Festival, Buenos Aires 2015, Argentina, Go Short festival, European competition, Nijmegen The Netherlands 2015, Festival Internacional de Video Experimental, Procesor de Error, Chile 2015, Alchemy Moving Image and Film Festival Scotland 2015, Edinburgh Artists' Moving Image Festival Scotland 2015, Festival of (In)Appropriation USA 2016
2008, Israel, 4'35''
One excerpt from a flow of Internet video news: a family is hiding behind a wall in a neighborhood that turned into a warzone. The compressed video is slowed down, enlarged, and accompanied by a new soundscape, revealing additional dimensions in the scene. The image is transformed into a psychedelic landscape, creating a troubling contrast between imagery and content, questioning video as medium, leading to an uneasy affect: anxiety deconstructed into pixels.