Game Over: Grand Final Edition

Game Over: Grand Final Edition
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Ian Gibbins, film-maker, writer, Australia


Following the Australian Football League Grand Final, one of the biggest events in the Australian sporting calendar, the local newspaper has pages of reports, analysis and interviews. What would these reports be like if we could strip back the commentary, the gloss, the journalistic stylings? What did the players actually have to say? And who remembers the sources of the quotes? This video poem looks for answers to those questions...


I am enjoying the win
I am trying
I can, right now
I did feel sorry
I didn’t see it
I don't necessarily see
I don't think
I hate the way
I know that
I'll sit back
I love
I'm looking forward
I'm not having a go
I'm not surprised
I'm pleased
I'm pretty down
I'm sure
I'm really happy
I'm there or not
I must admit
I'm worried
I think I've always been one
I've lost two
I've never worn it
I've seen better
I was him
I was supportive
I will say
I won one
I would be
Adam Alastair Allan Andrew Brad Brendon Brett Brian Cyril Dan Gary Grant Guy Jack James Jarrad John Jonathon Jordan Josh Kieren Kurt Lance Leigh Lewis Luke Mark Matt Matthew Michael Nathan Nick Paul Phil Rod Ross Sam Shane Shaun Stuart Ted Tom Trent Will
We've missed a huge opportunity
We've planned for a long time
We went
We were the underdogs

Source: The Advertiser, "Game Over", Monday 29th September 2014, AFL Grand Final (Hawthorn d Sydney).

Ian Gibbins on the project

This video-poem was created using text sampled from "The Advertiser", 29th September, 2014, following the 2014 Australian Football League Grand Final. Every quote in the match reports beginning with "I..." was selected and listed in alphabetical order. Every quote beginning with "We ..." was selected, listed in alphabetical order and the final four quotes were selected. The names listed are all those mentioned in the articles. The music was composed especially for the video in Logic Pro X. The text animation was created in Final Cut Pro X.

Ian Gibbins
Ian Gibbins


Published with GIF version in Otoliths 40, Australia, 2016


Ian Gibbins is a widely published poet, video artist and electronic musician with four collections of poetry, all in collaboration with artists. His video and audio work has featured in gallery exhibitions, public art commissions, performances and international festivals. He previously was a neuroscientist and professor of anatomy.
For their contributions, advice and assistance, thanks to:
Alison Pridham, Aljaž Koprivnikar, Ari Raijas, Bill Mousoulis, Brendan Bonsack, Brian Short, Bronwen Manger, Caroline Rumley, Charles Olsen, Chris Luscri, Chris Windmill, Claudia Larose-Bell, Darko Duilo, Dave Bonta, David Quiles Guilló, Eduardo Yagüe, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Francesca Guiliani, Gemma Grist, Helen Dewbery, Ian Gibbins, Ivana Bojanić, Jackson, Jane Glennie, Jim Robson, Karen Dawson, Kathryn Darnell, James Meetze, Lino Mocerino, Liran Shachar, Lois P. Jones, Lori Ersolmaz, Lucia Sellars, Lucy English, Luigi Starace, Maria Vella, Marc Neys, Martin Kelly, Matt Hetherington, Matt Mullins, Mike Hoolboom, Nigel Wells, Pam Falkenberg, Paul Casey, R.W. Perkins, Sissy Doutsiou, Sylvia Toy St Louis, Vicky Mousoulis, the film-makers, writers and their collaborators.