Bologna in Lettere 2021 – Ian Gibbins – Warranty & Conditions of Use

Bologna in Lettere 2021

Il Festival online



a cura di Maria Korporal




Ian Gibbins


Warranty & Conditions of Use




Warranty & Conditions of Use 05:26, HD video, stereo (2020)

 “WE are free from defects. WE can only be accepted as is… Your co-operation will contribute to the effective utilisation of our natural resources… WE will instruct you… WE will not be blocked…” What have we signed up for? Who holds the power and responsibility to keep things running in the face of breakdown and decay? Perhaps this is the rule of law. Perhaps it is a disguise for oppression… The text contains samples of commercial warranty statements. The video features the remains of an Reichert ultramicrotome and an Epson inkjet printer.





Ian Gibbins is a widely-published poet, video artist and electronic musician living in Adelaide, South Australia. Ian’s videos have been shown at festivals and exhibitions around the world, having won or been short-listed for multiple awards. His audio and video work has been commissioned for public art programs, and has featured in several gallery shows and installations. He has published four books of poetry, two in collaboration with artists, and all of which have themes based in science. In his former life, Ian was an internationally recognised neuroscientist and Professor of Anatomy at Flinders University, South Australia.


For details of Ian’s creative work, visit