Ian is now a fully established video artist. His poetry videos have met great success, having been published in literary journals and websites, shown at festivals, galleries and installations around the world, including UK, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, France, Portugal, Croatia, Ukraine, USA, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil, India, as well as many locations around Australia. Several have won or have been short-listed for awards and prizes at international festivals. Some recent videos that have received critical acclaim are in the gallery below.
Ian has contributed videos to art-science installations including Not Absolute, The Microscope Project, Floribunda and Body of Evidence, which commissioned two of Ian’s video works for the Adelaide Convention Centre. 42nds was commissioned as a public art work by Adelaide City Council and the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT): it has been projected onto a department store wall in Rundle Street; onto a water screen on the River Torrens during Hybrid World Adelaide 2018; and shown at the Adelaide Festival Theatre Digital Screens. More recently, he has collaborated with artists for both gallery installations and documentary work, including Catherine Truman, Tony Kearney, and Amanda Sefton Hogg.
Ian makes short natural history videos, documenting rarely seen events in the environment, usually involving small creatures, such as spiders and insects. This work stems from his long interest in macro photography. Some of these videos have merged with his video art to become so-called experimental documentaries, which have generated considerable interest.
In 2017/2018, Ian made a series of documentary videos in Italian for Australia Donna’s project: Language and Legacy: Exploring the legacy of Italian language across generations of women of Italian origin. Funded by the SA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, this project documented six first generation women, together with their daughters and granddaughters, in an exploration of their experiences and the meaning inherent in sharing their deep linguistic and cultural baggage. Click here to see this project.
A selection of Ian’s videos that have received wide screening…
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The examples below are early works that were among the first to be published or screened in public.
Rearrangements was originally performed at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Fringe in 2013 with Kerryn Tredrea, Tracey Korsten and Cindy Macdonald. The first poem in the sequence won the Friendly Street Poets 2014 Satura Prize.
Editor’s Selection was published in Overland Photonic, 2014.
SPSS was originally published in Cordite Poetry Review, 2015. It went on to shortlisted and screened at the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival 2017 (Worcester, MA, USA, 2017). It also has been shown at the Adelaide Festival Theatre digital screens program (2019).
Cataplexy was published in e•ratio 21