17 hot air balloons and a brass band.
"Soon after a move to Beachhaven on Auckland's North Shore in 1987, I was abruptly woken one early Sunday morning by a mysteriously loud blast of air above the house, and then another, and clambered out onto the deck to witness an enormous hot air balloon hovering above me, the morning stillness punctuated by intermittent blasts of fiery hot air. I had a vision then of musicians in balloon baskets slowly drifting like a drone-cloud through the blue azure."
Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland (2011)
9 Dragon Heads symposium in Sarajevo (2009)
A Phil Dadson project made in collaboration with the Levin Brass band (24 musicians) and the NZ hot-air balloon fraternity.
Produced in association with Television Spaceman for New Artland (2008) a TVNZ arts programme, and later premiered as a two-screen, stand-alone video installation.
Option 1: One large screen projection and one large LCD screen. Option 2: Two x LCD screens. Looped. Non-synchronous. Stereo audio, mixed source.Ratio: 16:9
Installation view of Breath of Wind (2009) 2 screen version
Anandagram (meaning ‘blissful place or village’) is a wry take on a situation of implicit privilege.
An upside-down world view intersecting ecology, geometry, nature, signs and portents.
A synchronised two screen installation, contrasting a birth and a death.
A world-upside-down meditation on water, refracted light and reflections on geometry, ecology, nature, signs, and portents.
Rising, Falling, Rising: Phil Dadson’s Breath of Wind
The final piece in our Summer Reading Series for 2015 is a rhapsodic appraisal of Phil Dadson's Breath of Wind.