GULI SILBERSTEIN DIGITAL VIDEO ART
2014, UK, 4'19''
Radiant, raging 11 year old Ahed Tamimi is punching the empty space in front of her. A computer algorithm roughly cuts her out of the 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 the 2012 video found on YouTube 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.
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.
FIELD OF INFINITY (teaser)
2018, UK, 5'22''
Inspired by both Italian renaissance paintings and contemporary news broadcasts from Gaza protests at the border with Israel - the work processes human gestures and figures in landscape into a dark and colourful scramble. Following Deleuze and Guattari's concept of 'Plane of immanence', the work aims to open up an array of reflections, including concerns about the political image, image of the political, the politics of the image, and the image of image.
FILE Festival Rio de Janeiro Brasil. WRO Biennale Poland, Experiments in Cinema,
Oodaaq Festival France, Museum on the Seam, Revolutions per Minute Festival,
Festival Tous Courts, Alternative Film/Video, FIVA Festival, Buenos Aires / Argentina
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, The Unseen Festival, Denver CO, USA
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).
SOME VIDEO WORKS RELEASED ONLINE:
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".
2017, UK, 4'35''
"Impressure: a mark made by pressure" (Merriam-Webster). Family trips in British landscape softly explode and diffuse on screen, creating smears of vibrant colours and merging moving forms. The work wonders about the connection between humans and nature, and the use of technology in perception of the natural world.
Austrian Independent Film Festival, Best Experimental Film
Screenings so far (2017-2018):
Festival Images Contre Nature, Marseille, France
Asolo Art Film Festival in Asolo Italy
Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Delete TV, UK: ONKO TV Germany, Best of Delete TV screening, Vitruvian Thing, Thessaloniki Greece
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