Guli Silberstein

My work deals with social, political and ecological unrest by processing personal recordings, found footage, and mixes of both. Often involving close family and travel footage, and dealing with war, violence and protest, a common theme is addressing the fine line between tranquillity and chaos, and fragility of existence, aiming to extract humaneness from digital video code. 

Noise, glitch and other disruptions of “clean” image are used. Images become substance, are re-contextualised, and turn into sensory experience. Video materiality is studied, as well as cognitive implications of moving image consumption. Video form as poetic expression is explored, highlighting human body's gestures and postures, processing landscape and tracking down patterns in nature as perceived by camera and mind. 

The works address uncertainty and its political implications, in a world bombarded with false images and fake news, superfluous contradicting information and a growing realisation of falsity of perception. I see my work as messages of call for action, from a humanistic and positive perspective. Putting the human in the centre, I try to highlight empathy in images processing, and experiment with audio-visual media to create new forms of expression.



- 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
- 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


- Field of Infinity, 5'22'', 2018, UK

​- Never Twice the Same Color, 16'14'', 2018, UK

- 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