Friends of the Library event – Ian Gibbins

The Interference Effect: Poetry, Science and Crossed Wires

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Ian Gibbins on Thursday 14 August, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.

Language is a wonderful thing, but time and time again it lets us down. How often have “words failed you”? When did you last experience something you “couldn’t put into words”? Why didn’t your friend understand what you “really meant to say”? Neuroscience can explain in part the underlying reasons for these surprisingly common situations. Paradoxically, poetry often can express the otherwise inexpressible. Ian Gibbins’ writing explores this domain in different ways. During this session, he will perform some of his work, including examples from his book Urban Biology as well as recent writing from a major art-science collaboration, “The Microscope Project.”

Ian Gibbins is now Emeritus Professor of Anatomy at Flinders University, having retired in early 2014 after nearly 40 years research and teaching as a neuroscientist, anatomist and microscopist. He is a widely published poet with work in print and on-line nationally and internationally with several poems short-listed for major prizes. He often performs his poetry with his own innovative electronic music and videos. For many years, Ian has collaborated with other artists in diverse domains including dance, music and visual arts. For more information, see

Bookings by Tuesday 12 August to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission

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