Antoine Viviani

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OccupationFilmmaker and artist
AwardsDoclab Award

Antoine Viviani is a French filmmaker and artist.


Antoine Viviani started working with the contemporary artist Pierre Huyghe in Paris [1] in 2008. In 2011, he directed In Situ, a documentary essay about artistic interventions in the urban space in Europe, featuring artists and activists Pamelia Kurstin, Irmela Mensah Schramm, Alain Damasio, Paul Ardenne, Zevs (artist), Johan Lorbeer, Jean Luc Courcoult and Royal de Luxe, Llorenç Barber[2]. It received the Doclab Award at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in Amsterdam in 2011 and the Best Film Award at London Open City Documentary Festival in 2012 and got selected in major documentary film festivals around the world [3] [4] .

In 2015, he produced and directed In Limbo, a documentary essay telling the story of a spirit, performed by the French-Canadian writer Nancy Huston, waking up in the maze of data centers all over the world and dissolving into the memory of the Internet.[5]. The film stages Internet founding fathers and visionaries Gordon Bell, Brewster Kahle, Cathal Gurrin, and Ray Kurzweil [6]among many others, filmed as ghosts talking to themselves forever, using a special volumetric depth camera [7][8]. An interactive online shortened version, In Limbo Interactive, was released by Arte and the National Film Board of Canada on a specific web-platform, where one could connect its own data[9]. The film premiered in Nov. 2015 as part of the international competition of CPH:DOX in Copenhagen and has been selected in major international documentary film festivals around the world.

In 2019, Antoine Viviani created with Pierre Alain Giraud a location-based immersive art installation called Solastalgia. Wearing a specific AR equipment, a group of 10 people explores a 400 square meter landscape of a deserted, post apocalyptic future where the last generations have decided to transform into ghosts, thanks to a machine, repeating the same gestures over and over again, haunting the planet forever [10]. Antoine Viviani has said to have been largely inspired by Adolfo Bioy Casares’ The Morel Invention to write the experience[11]. Icelandic visual artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, composer Valgeir Sigurðsson and choreographer Erna Omarsdottir collaborated on the piece [12]. Solastalgia got selected in the 2020 New Frontier selection of the Sundance Film Festival[13] and was presented at The National Gallery of Iceland in June 2020[14].



  • 2009: Little Blue Nothing, co-directed with Vincent Moon (50 min)
  • 2011: In Situ (83 min)
  • 2015: In Limbo (86 min)

Awards and distinctions

  • 2012: Doclab Award, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam for In Situ
  • 2012: Time Out Best City Film, London Open City Documentary Festival, for In Situ
  • 2016: Best Emerging Filmmaker Award, London Open City Docs Festival, for In Limbo
  • 2016: Prix de la création, Festival Traces de vie, for In Limbo


  • 2019: Solastalgia, co-directed with Pierre-Alain Giraud


  1. Canada, Service (2015-02-12). "Antoine Viviani's In Limbo, a personalized interactive film that reveals the traces we leave on the Internet, launches today". gcnws. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  2., Oberon Amsterdam, Insitu | IDFA, retrieved 2020-12-08
  3. "Insitu". MIT - Docubase. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  4. "Providences Films". Providences. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  5. In Limbo (2015), retrieved 2020-02-08
  6. "The Internet, our most mysterious colossus". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  7. "IN LIMBO". MIT - Docubase. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  8. "Les Primeurs du Blog documentaire #8 : "Dans les limbes" - Antoine Viviani". Le Blog documentaire (in français). 2016-11-19. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  9. Pangburn, D. J. (2015-02-13). "Your Personal Data Forms the Basis of This Interactive Doc". Vice. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  10. Silverstone, Sophie (2020-01-28). "New Frontier Central at Sundance 2020 Catalytic Pick #1: Solastalgia". Catalyst Magazine. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  11. Silverstone, Sophie (2020-01-28). "New Frontier Central at Sundance 2020 Catalytic Pick #1: Solastalgia". Catalyst Magazine. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  12. "Solastalgia". Reykjavik Arts Festival. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  13. "solastalgia". Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  14. "From Iceland — It's Possible To See What The Earth Will Look Like After The End Of Humanity". The Reykjavik Grapevine. 2020-07-06. Retrieved 2020-12-08.

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