Guli Silberstein is a London-based artist creating digital works since 2001, following his graduation from the MA in Media Studies program in The New School University, New York, USA. His artwork is characterized by processing personal recordings, found footage, and mixes of both, by digital technologies such as ‘glitch’, and lately focusing on the exciting possibilities inherent in Artificial Intelligence.
His work has won awards and been shown in numerous festivals, art venues and online platforms worldwide including WRO Media Art Biennale (Poland), Transmediale festival Berlin, Ars Electronica (Austria), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts USA, London Short Film Festival, The French Cinematheque Paris online channel, the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) Moscow and Sedition Art London.
Inspired by dreams, visions, and memories, his works experiment with video form as poetic expression, and tell visual stories, developing thematic inquiries often involving both public and personal footage. It’s a continuous practical research, tracking down peculiar usages of computer processes, to produce moving image assemblies that are forms of new aesthetics.
“In Silberstein’s works, the image error or glitch is always representative, a phantasmagoric presence of sorts, evoking the spiritual, the political, the intimate, the human: it’s the activity of mankind at its most critical, involved in war, conflict, acts of resistance, but also in the intimate, the tender and its relation with nature."
(José Sarmiento-Hinojosa, Found Footage Magazine #6, March 2020)
Guli Silberstein | select exhibitions
Festival ECRÃ Rio Brazil | Debut experimental feature film Image of Perception
On the Border of the Gaza Strip DAfilms.com | Schizophrenic State
Computer Vision Art Gallery exhibition, CVPR 2021 | The Body is a Gesture
Ars Electronica .ART Global Gallery | Somewhere We Live in Little Loops
SSA | VAS OPEN 2020 | the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh | Field of Infinity
Guli Silberstein | select works
Somewhere We Live in Little Loops |2020
A collaboration with a machine-learning based AI technology of next-frame prediction. The computerized synthesis of images by a neural network learns video clips and then guesses how they will continue, recreating them in the process. The reborn video images are then woven together into an audio-visual poem, revealing both computer and human cognition processes and raising reflections regarding the implications and future of this new technology.
Field of Infinity | 2020
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 colorful scramble. 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.
Stuff As Dreams | 2016
Family and nature images that may have been a dream or maybe not, and panicked news reports from scenes of terror that may or may not had taken place, are intertwined in a painterly collage, breaking-up and collapsing into itself, exploring both personal and public perceptions of what seems an increasingly fractured world of 'fake news' and 'post truth’.
Cut Out | 2014
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.