Avant-garde film maker and curator

NEWS

Losing the Thread will be shown at the 40 th Open Air festival in Weiterstadt, Germany.

11-15 th of August 2016 – Film screens at 5pm on August 12 th .

 

But Elsewhere Is Always Better – dedicated to Chantal Akerman, will be shown at Taiwan’s International

Women Make Waves Film Festival as part of the Chantal Akerman retrospective.

Fest takes place from 13-23 of October.

Lisbon will be hosting the annual video art festival FUSO (August 23 rd to 29 th )

Vivian Ostrovsky will curate a one hour program titled DizzyMess around the

theme of dizziness. This summer event will take place on Aug. 25 th, in the evening.

Ostrovsky and her collaborator, Ruti Gadish, will also present an immersive

moving image and soundscape installation at the Palacio Pombal on Aug 26 th .

This will be an ephemeral event, showing only one day.

 

BIOGRAPHY

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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SOUNDS

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

 

INSTALLATIONS

SPLASH!

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/

http://vimeo.com/35262103

 

PRESS

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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

 

Bibliography

- “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.
Video
– “Cinexpérimentaux” nO3, Re:Voir , Paris, 2001, video interview by Frédérique Devaux and Michel Amarger.

AFEA Editions
2006
IMAGES/ DISCOURS
(Entretiens avec: Nicholas Rey, Vivian Ostrovsky,
William English, Yannick Koller)

POUSSIÈRE D’IMAGE
1998
Collection Sine Qua Non
Cinema -je ou cinéma-jeu par Yann Beauvais
Edition Paris Experimental

CONTACT

info@vivianostrovsky.com

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