“Sensurious” video-poem short-listed for Red Room Co New Shoots Prize

Created by The Red Room Company, New Shoots, is a poetic partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park and Bundanon Trust. The project celebrates and cultivates poems inspired by plants and place. Sensurious, my video-poem featuring drawings by Judy Morris, was short-listed for the New Shoots Poetry prize, 2016. Click here to download the PDF of  New Shoots Anthology: Poems Inspired by Plants.  The text for Sensurious is on p. 32.

 

sensurious from Ian Gibbins on Vimeo.

video works, published, performed or exhibited

Click here to see all Ian’s videos on Vimeo. Click on titles to watch on Vimeo.

2017

The Inexplicable Hardness of Things  (dur: 2:25). Video poem with text in Verity La (June, 2017).

canine (dur: 2:29). Video poem, official selection for the 2017 Juteback Poetry Film Festival (Colarado, USA, 2017).

42nds. Public art projection video loop for WORD! (dur: 0:45). Commissioned by Adelaide City Council and Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT); projected nightly in Rundle Street, Adelaide, May – July 2017.

2016

Situs Inversus Viscerum Totalis (with sound track; dur: 6:11) and catclaws (dur: 4:19). Video poems selected for 5th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens, 2016.

Sensurious. Video poem featuring drawings by Judy Morris (dur: 4:39). Short listed for Red Room Company New Shoots Poetry Prize (2016; text published, 2017).

acccidentals (recalculated) Video poem (dur: 4:05) short-listed for 2016 Carbon Culture Poetry Film Contest (USA).

Situs Inversus. Commissioned video projection onto glass window (dur: 3:18). Part of Body of Evidence installation, curated by Carollyn Kavanagh, Adelaide Convention Centre, June 2016.

Situs Inversus Viscerum Totalis. Commissioned video for large scale LED display (dur: 6:11). Part of Body of Evidence installation, curated by Carollyn Kavanagh, Adelaide Convention Centre, June 2016.

open home. Video poem (dur: 3:04) in Uneven Floor (2016). Performed and shown at Adelaide Fringe Festival, Tuxedo Cat, Adelaide, March, 2014, and Queensland Poetry Festival 2014, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, August, 2014.

Game Over: Grand Final Edition. Animated GIF and video poem (dur: 3:15) published in otoliths 40.

2015

Looking and Seeing. Documentary (dur: 16 min) as part of Floribunda, a collaborative exhibition featuring drawings by Judy Morris and text by Ian Gibbins. Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, South Australia, 13 June – 26 July, 2015.

SPSS. Video poem (dur: 3:35) published in Cordite 50, No Theme IV.

cataplexy. Text with video poem (dur: 3:39) published in e•ratio 21. Performed and shown at Adelaide Fringe Festival, Tuxedo Cat, Adelaide, March, 2014, and Queensland Poetry Festival 2014, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, August, 2014.

2014            

Paroxysm Showcase. Five video poems (total dur: 15:00) performed at Adelaide Fringe Festival. Tuxedo Cat, Adelaide, March, 2014.

Conditions of Use (dur: 1:31), True Crime (dur: 4:32) and Lifelines 1.1 (dur: 3:30) shown as part of How to Write, Poet-in-Residence project at Adelaide City Library, Adelaide, March, 2014.

The Interference Effect, Parts 1 and 2. Nine video poems performed in two sequences (dur: 15:00 each) at Queensland Poetry Festival 2014. Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, August, 2014.

Page Turning (dur: 63:00) and JEOL JSM-35C (dur: 26:00). Video loop installations as parts of The Microscope Project, an art-science collaboration with Catherine Truman, Deb Jones, Angela Valamanesh and Nicholas Folland, curated by Fiona Salmon and Madeline Reece. Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, 26th July – 21st September, 2014.

editor’s selection. Video poem (dur: 1:29) published in Overland: photonic.

Bayside Reporter. Video poem (dur: 4:08) published in Australian Poetry Members Anthology 3.

2013

Rearrangements. Video poem version (dur: 10:00) of stage projection (dur: 50:48) that formed part of Arrangements, poetry and music performed with Tracey Korsten, Kerryn Tredrea and Cindy Macdonald, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival. The Wordbox, Adelaide, May and June, 2013. The text of Rearrangement 1 won the 2014 Satura Prize.

2010

Anatomy and Imagination. Two video poems, Abbess Chiara, Montefalco, 1308 (dur: 3:00) and The Boy With Two Bodies (dur: 7:34), performed in Anatomy and Imagination, a public lecture at The Royal Institution, Australia, Adelaide, May, 2010.

2009

With My Eyes Closed. Three video loop installations (dur: 25:00 each) as parts of Not Absolute, an art-science collaboration with Catherine Truman, Judy Morris, Gabriella Besetto, Vicki Clifton and Rachel Burgess, curated by Janice Lally. Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, 24th July – 27th September, 2009.

bluescreen (dur: 4:16), girl talk (dur: 1:35), and greater than (dur: 2:01) from With My Eyes Closed, selected and screened in the Moving Image Program, South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA), Adelaide, September, 2009.

Street video art

My video poem 42nds is now being projected onto the eastern wall of the Target building in Rundle Street, Adelaide, as part of a project funded by the Adelaide City Council and the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) along with 3 other vids by by Caroline Daish and Stewart Daish; John Denlay and David Chapple; and Jessica Lumb. If you can’t make it to the city, you can see it on the small screen, with sound, here.

42nds from Ian Gibbins on Vimeo.

Body of Evidence

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Body of Evidence was a multi-medium exhibition inspired by the impact of Art on Health held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 30 May – 1 July, 2016 featuring John Blines, Gina Czarnecki & The Australian Dance Theatre, Meg Cowell, Ian Gibbins, Naomi Hunter, Cheryl Hutchens, Hans Kreiner, Kerryn Levy, Deborah Prior, Damien Shen, Angela Valamanesh & Thomas Yeend. Curated by Carollyn Kavanagh.

I contributed an installation piece called Syntaxin: Kiss and Run, and two videos called Situs Inversus, one for an internal LED screen (which you can see here, with audio), and one, a special projection project (watch it here), on a huge window of the SW corner of the Convention Centre, along with one by Meg Cowell. 

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Body of Evidence

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Body of Evidence is a multi-medium exhibition inspired by the impact of Art on Health held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 30 May – 1 July, 2016 featuring John Blines, Gina Czarnecki & The Australian Dance Theatre, Meg Cowell, Ian Gibbins, Naomi Hunter, Cheryl Hutchens, Hans Kreiner, Kerryn Levy, Deborah Prior, Damien Shen, Angela Valamanesh & Thomas Yeend. Curated by Carollyn Kavanagh.

I contributed an installation piece and two videos, one for an internal LED screen running through the exhibition, and one, a special projection project, on a huge window of the SW corner of the Convention Centre, along with one by Meg Cowell, during the nights of 22-25 June 2016.


Syntaxin: Kiss and Run

2016. Timber, steel, brass, glass, digital prints, magnetic-optical disks, magnetic tape, plate glass, found objects. Dimensions: 182cm W x 41cm D x 165cm H (approx).

‘Syntaxin’ is a protein with a vital role in the molecular mechanism, called ‘Kiss and Run’, that controls the release of chemical messengers from the ends of nerve cells (synapses). The relevant structures can only be seen by specialised microscopes. This work uses Ian’s own electron microscope images of synapses, obsolete data storage devices containing those images, and found objects to illustrate the mystery of ‘Kiss and Run’. The texts come from recent scientific publications on the matter.  Click here to read them.

Postcards including images of synapses with text taken from papers about syntaxin:

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Here are some images of the installation itself:

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Situs Inversus

2016. Digital HD video window projection. 6200 x 1080 pixels, approx. 3 minutes duration.

‘Situs Inversus’ is rare birth abnormality in which the positions of the internal organs are reversed. Sometimes, the internal organs are duplicated in mirror image, which is fatal. This video takes those ideas to generate images which are mirror symmetrical and can be read equally from both sides of the window. The underlying images are derived from Ian’s videos of living cells, his body, and the Adelaide Convention Centre, including the projection window itself.
Here is the projection video:

and here is a pic of the projection itself on opening night, viewed from North Terrace:

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Situs Inversus Viscerum Totalis

2016. Digital HD video LED display. 1920 x 1080 pixels, approx. 6 minutes duration.

This version of video used the same underlying images as those in the projection piece, but sequences them in new ways with different text.

Here is a version of the video with audio. The backing track is made from sounds recorded at the Convention Centre itself.

Tramstop 6: Way to Go

In 2015, Cathy Brooks  and Mike Ladd designed and coordinated a public art installation at Stop 6 of the Glenelg Tram, where the line passes over South Road. Supported by the City of Marion, the installation consists of signs and a mural containing texts by Jude Aqulina, Cathy Brooks, Indigo Eli, Alison Flett, Simon Hanson, Kerry Harte, Mike Hopkins, Jules Leigh Koch, Mike Ladd, Cecilia White and me. The day of the launch was freezing, and the pix in the gallery have been processed just a bit to reflect that…

 

 

Here is the text of my piece, which uses kind of double reverse palindromes…

 

stopspots
smugums
oohshoo

deepspeed
sleekeels
pupilslipup

tidedit
glenelg
tramart

heartsong

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heartsong was a combined video / performance / installation held at Flinders Medical Centre and RiAus in 2009. Coordinated by Sally Francis, FMC Arts in Health, it was produced and written by Cheryl Pickering, with music by Richard Chew and Ian Dixon, sculpture and installation by Dwani Oak, video and animation by Dan Monceaux and Emma Stirling, and poetry by Ian Gibbins.

The show followed the journey of a heart attack patient in a live performance of improvised music, video, animation, visual art and text.

The images above show one of Ian’s poems, heart attack, displayed on the LED ribbon outside RiAus.

The poem featured in the installation was ecg, which you can read below. It is published in urban biology.

 

ecg

light hearted
heavy hearted
soft hearted
broken hearted
heartache

open hearted
cold hearted
empty hearted
kind hearted
heart of gold

goodness of your heart
bottom of my heart
heartfelt
heartless
change of heart

lion hearted
stout hearted
heart like an ox
your heart’s desire
learnt by heart

hale and hearty
his hearty laugh
her hearty broth
heartburn
your heart on your sleeve

down hearted
faint hearted
bleeding heart
heartened to hear
the heart of the matter

sweet heart
this heartland
this heart of the country
this heartbeat
this heart to heart

 

Here is an industrial mix of ecg