Directed by

Ian Gibbins

Country of Origin




“We must be different. We must have opposites… We depend on our outermost shell for stability… We will not violate this principle…”

Wolfgang Pauli’s Exclusion Principle is a fundamental component of quantum mechanics that underpins many key features of atomic structure and, from there, the way in which chemistry works.

In this video, samples of the text of the Wikipedia article on The Pauli Exclusion Principle ( have been reframed to ask, whom are we excluding? And why? “Stand behind the white line…”

The text was originally published in e•ratio 29 (2020).

Director Biography – Ian Gibbins

Ian Gibbins is a widely-published poet, video artist and electronic musician living on Kaurna land in Adelaide, South Australia. His videos have been shown around the world in diverse festivals, galleries, installations, and public art programs. In his former life, Ian was an internationally recognised neuroscientist and Professor of Anatomy. For details of Ian’s creative work, visit