GULI SILBERSTEIN                               DIGITAL VIDEO ART              

SOMEWHERE WE LIVE IN LITTLE LOOPS - SPECIAL EDITION

2020, UK, 5'00''

​A limited edition on Sedition Art

A machine-learning based video-prediction technology learns and then re-creates a string of nature scenes and human life images. Woven together in a rhythmic, hypnotic pace, visual snippets and motion patterns appear, reborn and fall apart. The video segments begin "normally" and are then being continued by the computing process to become a "new normal". The result is surprising, eerie and poetic, raising both concerns and wonder regarding human-machine relationships, and future effects. Full edition is included in - World premiere: Ars Electronica .ART Global Gallery, 9 September — 1 October 2020.
- Included in the AI art online gallery 2020 curated by Luba Elliott, for NeurIPS Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design.

Awards:
Best experimental film - Calcutta International Short Film Festival 21.12.20
Best experimental film, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 26.6.20
Grand Prize - Festival international Signes de Nuit, the Italian version in Urbino Italy 30.11.19
Best experimental film a - Venice Film Week 3.9.19

MATTER & LIGHT

2020, UK, 7'00''

Made using a video glitch technique which paints in pixels over the screen, Matter & Light is a hybrid composition of images of seascapes, plants, humans and animals, flowing together propelled by dream-logic, Reflecting contemporary environmental issues in our overflowing, falling-apart world. The work is inspired by the painter Turner and by French Impressionism, with most images filmed in Margate in the UK and at the Bay of the Somme in France. 

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.


Awards:
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


WORK SELECTION:


DISTURBDANCE

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.

CUT OUT

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.

- Best experimental film award - 15th Un festival c'est trop court ! In Nice, France




EXCERPT

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.

MACHINIC PHYLUM

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).

FIELD OF INFINITY

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.