CILAVS: Vivian Ostrovsky’s Brazilian connection February 4th 2017

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, CILAVS, and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, BIMI, present:

Vivian Ostrovsky’s Brazilian connection

Vivian Ostrovsky’s avant-garde work has been shown at major film festivals (Berlin, Rotterdam, Tribeca) and is part of international collections, including MOMA, Centre Pompidou and Deutschen Kinemathek. The screening of her films connected to Brazil below will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker chaired by Laura Mulvey.


1.30 – 1.45pm – Registration
1.45 – 2.00pm – Introduction
2.00 – 3.00pm – Screenings:

P.W. – Pincéis e Painéis (P.W. – Paintbrushes and Panels)(2010, 15’51, dig)

This video was made for an exhibition on the muralist Paulo Werneck, who was the first to introduce mosaics in Brazilian Modernist architecture.

CORrespondência e REcorDAÇoes (2013, 10’48, dig)

Based on a correspondence between artist Ione Saldanha and the filmmaker, this portrait on the artist’s life and work was made for an exhibition at MAM in Rio de Janeiro.

ICE/SEA (2005, 31 Min, 16mm)

Playful collage of sea, sun and ice. A beach extravaganza starring suicidal skiers, soaking tigers, plunging mermaids and much more.

3.00 – 3.20pm Discussion
3.20 – 3.35pm – Break
3.35 – 4.25pm – Screenings:

Nikita Kino (2002, 40 Min, 16mm)

‘In 1960 my family lived in Brazil when my father discovered that his sister and brother in Moscow, who he hadn’t seen for 40 years, were still alive. […] At the time I had my 8mm camera then later a super 8 with which I filmed the family, our outings, picnics, markets and their homes.’
This material was mixed with Soviet found-footage and music of the same period.

Copacabana Beach (1983, 14 10 Min, 16mm)

A humorous glimpse at what happens every morning on the wavy sidewalks of Copacabana beach. Physical fitness Brazilian style, with a dash of soccer and hints of Carmen Miranda.

4.25 – 5.00pm – Discussion

Attendance is free but booking is necessary

This event has been curated by Diane Gabrysiak and Luciana Martins.

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Vacancy – Three BIMI Internships: deadline 2nd Sept 16


Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) is a response to the growing interest in film and the moving image across the College. Through public events and academic research initiatives, BIMI addresses a wide variety of contemporary issues, particularly those relevant to its interdisciplinary structure.  Working closely with the Birkbeck Cinema, BIMI programmes public screenings and special seasons, making use of 35 mm film in addition to the Cinema’s high quality DVD projection. We run a busy calendar of events from research seminars to film screenings.

We wish to appoint three interns for next the academic year to work closely with BIMI academic staff and the BIMI administrator. In particular, the intern would be involved in:

  • The organisation, promotion and hosting of academic and cultural events, symposia, workshops, screenings and master classes, including the annual BIMI/University of Pittsburgh Lecture and all other collaborative events.
  • To assist with the organisation and promotion of the Birkbeck Essay Film Festival
  • To coordinate documentation and recording of events, audience surveys and follow up, social media practices and development, to participate in and contribute to BIMI Steering Group meetings and liaise across the Schools and College on behalf of BIMI.
  • To assist with the organisation and promotion of the third annual Birkbeck Essay Film Festival

We welcome applications from current Birkbeck students with a variety of interests and expertise but ask that applicants are able to demonstrate a passion for the moving image and screen culture.

There are three positions available split across the three terms. For the winter 2016 and summer 2017 terms the successful candidate will work 40 hours per term, or one day a week. In the spring the role requires 80 hours per term, or two days a week. The exact working days can be discussed but we require our intern to work on the night of each event which tends to fall on a Friday or Saturday. Please note that a typical shift will last 4 hours. Please note that the successful candidate will be paid £16.51 per hour.

Application deadline: 10.00am Friday September 2nd

To apply please send a CV and statement of interest to

Applicant Requirements: Applicant must be a current Birkbeck student (MA/MPhil/PhD) in either the Schools of Law, SSHP, BEI, Arts or Science.

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BIMI Funding to present in Pittsburgh – deadline end of July

Opportunity to present research at Pittsburgh Graduate Student Conference 30 September-1 October 2016

As part of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image’s collaboration with University of Pittsburgh, we are proposing for the second year running to help fund two Birkbeck research students who would like to present their research at the Pittsburgh Film Studies Graduate Student Conference, 30 September-1 October 2016.

The theme of this year’s conference is “All in the Family: Theorizing Incest and/as Media Erotics” – see attached call for papers. Please note that the deadline for Birkbeck students proposing papers is the end of July (not 10 July as stated in the document).

Although the conference is run by Film Studies research students at Pitt, they are very open to film and media related proposals coming from any field or discipline. So please feel free to put your project forward, regardless of the department or school in which you study at Birkbeck.

If your paper is chosen for the conference, BIMI will subsidise your travel up to £500. Once you are in Pittsburgh, the Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO) will undertake to look after you during your stay.

The call for papers asks you to submit your proposal directly to this address: – however, we would be grateful if you could copy your proposal to this address:

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