Guli Silberstein                           London-Based Video Artist


ARTIST STATEMENT
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, highlghting the human body's gestures and postures, and track down patterns in nature as perceived by camera and mind. 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.


CV
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hNXhLNIUkiGhbqcflj0FrPv7IZ-erFnn




AWARDS AND NOTABLE SCREENINGS & PUBLICATIONS

- Best experimental film, Short Movie Club, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Minsk Belarus, 24.7.17
- Best experimental film, New York Film Week, 11.7.17
- Best Experimental Film - Sydney World Film Festival, Sydney Australia, 26.6.17
- 3rd place award - 7th International Videoart Festival of Camaguey, Cuba, April 4-9 2017
- DAFilms.com online portal publication event of 6 works and an interview, January 2017
- Swedenborg Film Festival March 2016 award nomination, curated by Gareth Evans and Nora Foster
- London Short Film Festival 2016 award nomination
- Best experimental film award for 'Cut Out' in Compétition Expérience - Un festival c'est trop court ! In Nice, France, October 2015
- 'Unprotected Zone', Museum on the Seam, Jersusalem, 2015, alongside Artur Zmijevsky, Bruce Nauman, Mounir Fatmi, Yael Bartana, Michal Rovner and more. Invitiation by curator Raphie Etgar
- Whitechapel Gallery Open Screenings event, curated by Gareth Evans, London, 2015
- Best experimental film award for 'Cut Out', Bornshorts Film Festival, Denmark, September 2014
- Solo show - 'Disturbdance', Video Room, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki. Curator: Kaarina Ormio, 2014
- Winner of an open call for a guest artist-curator exhibition for Salisbury Arts Centre, UK. Curating the exhibition 'Freedom of Others', and participating. October 2012
- ‘Human Frames’ travelling exhibition, section: fear, curated and presented by Lowave (Paris) in partnership with The Substation (Singapore), KIT-Kunst-im-Tunnel (Germany), and supported by the Asia Europe Foundation, 2011
- ‘Home Less Home’, curated by Raphie Etgar, Museum on the Seam. Showing with artists Yael Bartana, Anselm Kiefer, Michelangelo Pistoletto and more, 2009, Invitiation by curator Raphie Etgar
- Solo show - ‘Logistics of Perception’, Tel-Aviv Artists House, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2009
- Solo show - '3 works', Tel Aviv Artists House, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2008
- ‘In Transition Russia 2008’ exhibition, curated by Sheila Pinkel, Helene Black and Alisa Prudnikova: The Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, and The National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2008
- ‘Heartquake’ exhibtion, curated by Raphie Etgar, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem. Other participants include: Anselm Kiefer, Alfredo Jaar, Douglas Gordon, Yael Bartana, 2008
- Special mention in Signes de Nuit festival in Paris, for the video 'Re:Commandments', April 2008
- ‘Visions in the Nunnery’, curated by Tessa Garland and Cinzia Cremona, the Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, London 2007 & 2016
- Centre Pompidou cinem Paris, screening by Signes de Nuit, curated by Dieter Wieczorek, February 2007
- ‘Signal channel’ exhibition. participating artists include: Nam June Paik, Peter Campus, Tony Oursler and Gary Hill, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and South Bend Regional Museum of Art in South Bend Indiana, Omaha, NE USA, 2006
- Champ Libre, ‘CITÉ INVISIBLE/INVISIBLE CITY’ – 7E Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Électronique, Montréal (Participating artists include: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Gabriel Periot) 2006
- Transmediale 2004 - selected for best videos compilation screening tour (along with Harun Farocki, Bjørn Melhus, The Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun, Anjalika Sagar, LIU Wei)
- Best political work award, ‘Mixed Messages’, the New School University, media art students competition 2001


FULL FILMOGRAPHY

- Impressure, 4'35'', 2017, UK

- Cry Havoc, 5:40'', 2017, UK

- Stuff As Dreams, 5'52'', 2016, UK

- Moving Across Opposite Directions, 6'15'', 2016, UK

- Machinic Phylum, 4'05'', 2015, UK
- Nour (light), 4'41'', 2015, UK
- Object, 4'15'', 2015, UK
- Cut Out, 4'19'', 2014, UK
- Video Work, 3'50'', 2014, UK
- System Error, 4'16'', 2013, UK
- Disturbdance, 3’25’’, 2012, UK
- Reform, 4’18’’, 2011, UK
- Staring into Infinity, 4’44’’, 2010, UK
- Being Shot, 5’00’’, 2010, UK
- Excerpt, 4’35’’, 2008, Israel
- Re:Commandments, 5’00’’, 2007, Israel
- Beach, 4’55’’, 2006, Israel
- Layers of Cognition, 5’07’’, 2005, Netherlands/Israel
- Schizophrenic State (version #2), 6’00’’, 2003, USA/Israel