Gigs in February!

I’m doing a bunch of gigs with some truly fabulous performers in and around the Adelaide Fringe Festival during February! It would be great to see you there. Each one will be different!!

Friday 8th February, 7:00 – 10:30pm @ Red Rhino Room, Hilton

with singer-songwriters Khristian Mizzi and Fergus Maximus… I’m doing an extended set of poems. Click here for more info and tickets.

Sunday 10th February, 1:00 – 4pm @ Arty Records HQ, Christies Beach

In case you miss the previous event, or want some more, again with singer-songwriters Khristian Mizzi and Fergus Maximus… I’m doing another extended set of poems. Click here for info and bookings.

Saturday 16th February, 7:00 – 9:30pm @ Broadcast Bar, Adelaide.

Paroxysm Press – The Showcase Series: As part of this Fringe Event, I’m doing a multi-media spot along with five other performance / spoken word poets, showcasing the best of hard-hitting, entertaining writing. Click here for more info and bookings (there are three nights in total).

Saturday / Sunday 23rd/24th February, 8:30 – 9:30pm @ The Libertine by Louis, Stepney

Alison Paradoxx presents Floral Peroxide: Join 2016 SA Poetry Slam Champion, Alison Paradoxx, in a dynamic live display of performance poetry, film, electronic soundscapes, movement, and visual art. Evocative, challenging, ‘Floral Peroxide’ explores the paradoxes of disability, and the societal desire to ‘fix’ the broken self. I’m doing the surtitles / captioning for this show. Click here for more info and tickets.

Three videos at 7th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens

The 7th International Video Poetry Festival featuring 100 video artists and poets from 26 countries runs in Athens 14th December 2018. I’m delighted to have three vids selected for screening in the Festival – osteoporosis, BLUE MOON, and accidentals (recalculated) – alongside many others whose work I admire. Click on the links to see them, or watch them below…


osteoporosis from Ian Gibbins on Vimeo.

blue moon from Ian Gibbins on Vimeo.

accidentals (recalculated) from Ian Gibbins on Vimeo.


A Skeleton of Desire

 

A Skeleton of Desire was published by Garron Publishing in October 2018 as part of their Southern-Land Poets Chapbook series.

It contains 10 poems that are mostly based on the human body in various ways – the organisation of the bones in the arms, their muscles, their development, dysfunction and recovery. Much of the imagery is derived from re-interpreting the original meanings of the latin names for body parts, diseases, and the environment they exist within.

Most of these poems have been previously published, with the five cardinal signs of inflammation and High Dependency originally appearing in the Medical Journal of Australia. Sensurious (Works on Paper) is derived from texts accompanying an exhibition of drawings by Judy Morris that were then used to create a video which was shortlisted for the Red Room Company / Royal Botanic Gardens New Shoots Poetry Prize, 2016. Dial Tone was awarded third place in the University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize 2017. No Glutamate is based on a scientific paper published with Judy Morris and our colleagues about the underlying neural pathways mediating pain.

Contents

A Skeleton of Desire
Sensurious (Works on Paper)
manipulandum
polydactyly
No Glutamate
the five cardinal signs of inflammation
High Dependency
Compendium of Acquisitive Myology
signature
Dial Tone

If you’d like a copy, click here to place an order.

 

osteoporosis screened at Festivals in UK and USA

osteoporosis from Ian Gibbins on Vimeo.

“… an imbalance, tomcats, unfamiliar sky, adrift or barely buoyant, a storm, particularly susceptible to fracture…” Built around images of a thunderstorm and an animated text sequence, this video poem has been short-listed and selected for screening at the 1st Newlyn International Film Festival in the UK, 6-8th April, 2018. Click here to see the full program.  It was also selected for screening at Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival  in Massachusetts, 20 October, 2018.

dog dazed!!

My video-poem dog daze was an official selection for the 2018 Film and Video Poetry Symposium running in Los Angeles 26-29 April 2018 and ended up winning Best Video Poem!! It also won Honorable Mention for Best Animation and was screened at the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival 2018 (Worcester, MA, USA, 2018).

The video has also been shown as part of Brave New World: performance-poetry-film in Plymouth, UK, 31st May, 2018 and at the  6th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens, January, 2018..

The video is constructed from sequences and stills taken around the Adelaide CBD. Each scene is animated using a complex series of layers and effects, some of which I made myself. The soundtrack was originally developed as a tribute to David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs for an event organised by Adelaide’s own Paroxysm Press.

 

dog daze from Ian Gibbins on Vimeo.

making BLUE MOON

My video poem BLUE MOON, has generated quite some interest in how it was made.

The underlying sequence of buildings panning along to a beachscape is actually a single still image that I built in Photoshop. It is constructed from about 100 images of buildings around the Adelaide CBD, North Haven, and Brighton. They were photographed on days with bright sunshine and clear blue skies so that the lighting was comparable across the shots. Even so, I needed to adjust colour, brightness, saturation, scale, perspective and so on to get the visual mix right. The blue skies also allowed for easier compositing later on. In the final mix, the background sky was processed to be the same in all assemblies and was derived from the average sky colour in the images. The final Photoshop file is huge: 62,000 x 1800 pixels and about 500 MB. It was assembled from 5 smaller montages, each of which was from a specific location, and each of which contained dozens of layers.

I then took the final composite image into Final Cut Pro X and animated the pan from one end to the other. To save memory, I rendered it, and used the resulting video clip in the final composite. The sky with moving clouds is composited from three sets of vids I took all on the same day, but in slightly different parts of the sky so that the cloud movements were not quite the same. They are sped up and looped to varying degrees. The various flying objects are from a commercial image library that I animated. The final moonrise sequence is taken from the recent lunar eclipse we had (click here to see that). It is composited via an animated mask and a couple of other image processing tweaks. The whole lot was composited using colour keys, background colour gradients, key framed text and opacity animations.

The soundtrack is tin can, a performance I did as part of a Paroxysm Press tribute to David Bowie. The text is inspired by Bowie’s Space Oddity, Arthur C Clarke & Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and NASA’s Pioneer 10 / 11 space probes to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, with all due reference to Homer’s Odyssey. The music is derived from the chord pattern of Space Oddity. You might find a few other references as well…

 

Water Under the Bridge: a collaborative soundscape installation

 

BRIDGE is a large collaborative exhibition held in The Packing Shed, Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival art program. I was invited to contribute a soundscape to the installation Water Under the Bridge, by exhibition curator,  Tony Kearney.

The work is installed in massive disused steel silo, which has extraordinary echo and reverb characteristics. My soundscape is built from sounds recorded at the nearby Birkenhead Bridge. The order of the sounds in the piece roughly follows the crossing of the bridge from one side to the other.

 

Click here to read more about RUST SALT TAR, a long term collaborative art project based in the Port Adelaide area.

and here to see some images of the works.