Vocem Video: a video interpretation of Impossible Music by Sean Williams

Sean Williams’ new book Impossible Music (Allen & Unwin, 2019) tells the story of a young musician who becomes deaf, and how he overcomes this dramatic change to his life. Vocem Video is a long video based on that work that was screened at the book’s launch in Adelaide (28th June, 2019).

The text follows the order of Impossible Music, chapter by chapter, and the underlying audio is from sound files that Sean made many years ago. The animations are triggered by various components of audio files: frequency, volume, time code, modulated to varying degrees by random number generators, sine waves, and more. The sequence of the audio files follows Sean’s numerical file names.

Most of the video realisation … Click here for more.

unvoiced in non-compliant 01: censorship

non-compliant is an amazing new project by Angelique Joy and Brent Leideritz bringing a wide range of subversive arts together. Existing at the intersection of culture, art, activism & thought leadership, non-compliant is a curated, quarterly publication available online & in-print.

My video, unvoiced, is one of the most extreme language manipulations I have done so far. Its source is the text of Articles 18-22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, I have removed all the vowels, rendering the text unvoiced…

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42nds and SPSS screen at Adelaide Festival Centre

42nds screening outside the Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road

Two of my videos 42nds and SPSS were screened at the Adelaide Festival Centre during April 2019 as part of their Screening Artists program. 42nds was on a giant LED screen overlooking King William Road, one of Adelaide’s main thoroughfares, while SPSS was shown on a large LED screen in the main foyer of the Festival Theatre itself.

Click here for a link to the Adelaide Festival Centre info.

You can watch the videos themselves below.

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 Click here for more.

Heard on the Wind soundscape in Adelaide

From 7th September until 9th October, my soundscape, “Heard on the Wind”, commissioned by Adelaide City Council, played in the breezeway at 25 Pirie Street, in central Adelaide CBD.

The breezeway at 25 Pirie Street is surrounded by texts: memorial plaques, notices regarding public safety and well-being, tightly-crafted slogans of the Smart City Studio windows and Enterprise Adelaide brochures. By definition, silent, largely ignored by passers-by, 25 Pirie Street : Heard on the Wind gives voice to these texts using digital sampling technology. 18 text-to-speech synthesisers read the texts, generating a base set of 500 voice samples, that were sped up and slowed down, reversed and delayed, repitched and translated into solos, conversations, choirs, snatches of melody, the heard Click here for more.

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.

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, Click here for more.