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 … Click here for more.

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 … Click here for more.

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 … Click here for more.

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.

heist: what’s going on here?

My video-poem heist was shown recently at the 6th International Video Poetry Festival in Athens and has attracted quite a bit of interest… but what’s going on here? It’s not really a narrative, at least not in the traditional sense, but it’s got something to do with banks and code and presumably illegal activities linking the two.

The video’s subtitle, RAID IV, that appears in the credits, is a key clue. A RAID array is way of setting up computer hard drives so that data are written simultaneously to more than one drive, providing a secure form of back-up in the case of disk failure. Hence Drives C, D and E should have copies of the same files, if … Click here for more.