Ian Gibbins

Ian Gibbins is a poet, electronic musician and video artist, having been a neuroscientist for more than 30 years and Professor of Anatomy for 20 of them. His poetry covers diverse styles and media, including electronic music, video, performance, art exhibitions, and public installations, and has been widely published in-print and on-line, including three books with accompanying electronic music: Urban Biology (2012); The Microscope Project: How Things Work (2014) and Floribunda (2015), the last two in collaboration with visual artists.


Relaxed, way out to sea, way out of my depth, unable to touch bottom, reef, bullkelp, urchin spine, I tread water, monitor backwash and rip, listen for dolphin jump, osprey, gulls in pairs, catch Southern Ocean surge, with neither compass …

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ants: again / thousands (pavementcracks). milling: triplefile / blind. Originals? Bios? mistakecheck: scrapdrop / nestpilfer / navigationmapswitch. Virts? gaitperfect: spacing (Fibonacci). Turings? translationcircuits: facialrecognition / 100% / insidious. childhood: insectswarm / stormbrew / electricroil / ozonebraze. nowaday: isobargradients (coincident). lives: …

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Light Thief

CodeBlockID: LightThief; /alias=BlackBox; /loc=?; /act=?; /run=true; DeviceLog: _VisPort01: PhotoScabard/stat=on /arm; _VisPort02: SpectraTrap/stat=on /arm; _VisPort03: QuLock/stat=on /arm; DataStream_SoundList: _HeadQuote01: <<Every photon is precious>> /src=SciMag@2016-03-11,l=8; _BaseQuote01: <<Light only goes where time is least>> /src=QED@FeynmanRP-1985,p=45; CrossCheck: waste=true /cess {/@re /@ex}; ServeVox01: /see /plain_night; …

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Please allow a few (or quite a few) moments for this film to load. Vimeo buffers at varying rates depending on where you are on Earth and when accessed. It is WELL worth the wait.

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Synaptic Organisation (1998)

1. Unexposed our final site of integration trees, the size of which this idea, previous, rare aggregated around, closely associated, at odds with raise the question, regardless only random, the other hand directly, unambiguously our differences, clear, final 2. Processing …

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Twelve Sights of the Sea

{sea-anemone} barely inside and out, the rippling enfoldment that adheres to your nerve-tips, that draws you further away, abandons any comfortable reassurance {sea-breeze} through your voice, strained to breakpoint, hastily called upon, past your lips, parched, cracking into bloodlines, blisters …

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Conference Leave

All blank, all white, inhaling jellyfish, coughing up thylacines, my best intentions entangle, disentangle, bleach to silicon dust. Scrubbed to translucency, my equilibrium fails, both scabby knees bleed. Below the exit sign, you sit, head in hands, ringlets loose across …

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>> this message could not be delivered because it was sent before it was received << POPmail born a day apart we are here today, yesterday but we are counting and the telephone rings and we stop, on time, today …

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Waiting for the Big One, West LA, 1982

We never did understand how that old pair of shoes ended up in the bathroom; neither could we fathom how our bed dropped like a rock, moments before sunrise; and, although we knew perfectly well why the moon turned red …

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The Simple Life

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