Avant-garde film maker and curator


Happy 2018!!

DizzyMess will be presented in an experimental program :
“Le Cabinet de Curiosités” at Toulouse Cinémathèque
20th feb 2018 at 7 pm

DizzyMess will be shown as an installation in the lobby of the Cinémathèque of Toulouse during the duration of the Festival Traverse video

DizzyMess in Moscow ! at Now & After International Video Art Festival in between 7th & 16th of feb 2018

More soon…..



Vivian Ostrovsky

Vivian Ostrovsky

Manhattan, New York was where I happened to be born. After 6 months of stress, I boarded the first plane to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to meet my parents and sister. My primary and secondary school was not too far from Copacabana Beach.

My university years were spent in Paris, suffering in the Institute of Psychology (Institut de Psychologie). To make life less tedious, I ended up seeing more films near by rather than attending classes. After my B.A. in Psychology I enrolled in Film Studies at Paris 3-Sorbonne, at the Institut d’Art et Archeologie (Eric Rohmer’s classes) and at the Cinematheque Française (Henri Langlois’ classes).

In the early 1970s I travelled throughout Europe in a rundown Renault pick-up truck, organizing women’s film festivals and distributing films made by women (the distribution company was called Cine-Femmes International). My debut as an experimental filmmaker came in 1980, when I co-directed CAROLYN 2 with Martine Rousset (starring choreographer/dancer Carolyn Carlson). It was an expanded cinema /slide installation. Many films came afterwards, mostly shot in super-8 then blown-up to 16mm. Today I shoot mainly on mini-DV but still use super-8 whenever possible.

These films have been shown in festivals worldwide (Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, Tribeca, Viennale and others), in cinematheques and in art fairs such as the São Paulo Biennale and Arco, Madrid. Other venues have also screened them, such as: M.O.M.A., NY, Lincoln Center, NY, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Anthology Film Archives, NY, Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, US.

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Arret sur nuage, 16.04.2006

(co-directed with François Scullier), commissioned as part of a series of programs reflecting on the twentieth anniversary of the Tchernobyl catastrophe, by the ‘Atelier de Création Radiophonique’ , a program of the French radio station France Culture  and first aired on April 16th, 2006.

Telegramme, 08.01.2006

“Atelier de Création Radiophonique” , a program of the French radio station France Culture 1/60éme




16mm film installation by Vivian Ostrovsky and Silvi Simon.
Artistic collaboration and production: Ruti Gadish
Production: Jet Lag Productions

SPLASH!, a 16mm film installation, is a collaboration by artist-filmmakers Silvi Simon and Vivian Ostrovsky. Created from film projections screened upon or through Silvi’s optical sculptures (Filmatrucs) or seaside ready-made objects, the images evoke a dream-like ocean environment. Ostrovsky and Simon’s film loops are projected onto devices that fracture and manipulate them, creating a mosaic of deconstructed images that evoke evanescent seaside memories.
The elements of SPLASH! use the sea to connote the gulf that separates the analog world from the digital.
The core of this installation refers to the nascent days of early motion picture projections and to the first, personal cinema cameras – super 8 and 16 mm.
SPLASH! is an ode to film-stretching and researching its material qualities, proposing playful and inventive interpretations for viewing and experiencing it.

SPLASH! was presented at: Warehouse 2, Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv, 10 – 28 October 2013, Production: Jet Lag Productions /The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. cca.org.il/en
OCEAN BAZAR – The precursor of SPLASH! was presented at: Les Voûtes, Paris, 15 September 2012, Scratch Expanded, Light Cone lightcone.org/en . Solar, Cinematic Art Gallery, Vila do Conde, Portugal, 9-17 July 2011. Production: Jet Lag Productions / Curtas Metragens CRL/ Vila do Conde – International Film Festival curtas.pt/solar/




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Haaretz, 01.10.13
The Washington Post, 20-04-1995
Voice Choices, 7-13 June, 2006
Chicago Tribune, 12-04-1991
New City, 11-04-1991
Libération, 17-11-2005
O Globo Online, 16-6-2007
O Estado de São Paulo, 7-11-1989



– “L’Art du Mouvement”, National Museum of Modern Art,
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1999.
– “Bref”, nO56, Paris, 2003, pp 54-55, “Le Cinéma Nomade de Vivian Ostrovsky”
by Raphaël Bassan.
– “Cinéma Expérimental, Abécédaire pour une contre culture”, Editions Yellow Now, Belgium, 2014, pp 222-224, interview by Raphael Bassan.
– “Experimental Eating”, Black Dog Publishing Ltd., London, 2014, pp 140-141, interview by Thomas Howells.
– “Images/Discours”, AFEA Editions, Avignon, 2006, pp 47-61, by Rose Lowder.
– “Poussière D’Image”, Edition Paris Expérimental, Paris, 1998,
in ‘Cinéma-je ou cinéma-jeu by Yann Beauvais.
Master’s thesis
– “Mode de remploi dans les films de Vivian Ostrovsky”, a Master’s thesis by Claire Lenfant-Preus, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 2011.
– “Cinexpérimentaux” nO3, Re:Voir , Paris, 2001, video interview by Frédérique Devaux and Michel Amarger.

AFEA Editions
(Entretiens avec: Nicholas Rey, Vivian Ostrovsky,
William English, Yannick Koller)

Collection Sine Qua Non
Cinema -je ou cinéma-jeu par Yann Beauvais
Edition Paris Experimental




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