Video & sound artist with a transdisciplinary practice including building and performing with experimental musical instruments, sound sculptures, digital media, music compositions, graphic scores and drawings. Moving image and foregrounding sound has been a feature of his practice since the early 70s, referencing body, land, nature, triadics and the human condition. Founder also of the legendary music/performance group, From Scratch (1974 - 2004).
"With an acute sensitivity for the landscape, his simple gestures create a world of wonder and wit. Dadson’s play on polarities amplifies our awarenss of a kinetic world. He recontextualises environments by combining opposing forces with whimsical juxtapositions of sight and sound” – Andrew Clifford, extracts from catalogue essay to Polar Projects (2004)
Bodytok Quintet, Scape, Christchurch
Between Worlds, SoundFull, City Gallery Wellington
Pax, The Fate Of Things To Come, Kermadec, Lines in the Ocean (NZ, Tonga, Chile)
(Performance), Crosscurrents, MAC, Santiago, (Chile)
Between Worlds, SoundFull, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
(Video/Drawings), Peeling the Unseen, V Art Centre #2space, Shanghai, (China)
Awards & residencies
US Fulbright (1991), NZ Arts Foundation Artist Laureate (2001), Antarctic Artist Fellowship (2003), ONZM (2005), Sankriti residency (2007), Artist Cinema Commission (2010), Wallace Arts Trust Jury award (2011).