Phil Dadson

Uncharted Crossing (1989)

9 min 49 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"A voyage into the unknown. The first of an evolving series featuring a canoe-prow, at times inverted to an upside-down world view. (see also Deep Water (2011) & Between Worlds (2011))

Originally a video element in 'Songs For Heroes' a live performance by From Scratch (Neville Hall, James McCarthy, Walter Muller, Phil Dadson) created for SoundWatch festival, 1989. Later remade as a stand-alone video.

Audio combines field sound with overtone vocals and choir-like chords of sound produced by a 'jilzira' an invented instrument tribute to artist Jill Scott."

Artist's statement

Selected exhibitions

  • Concertina, St Pauls St Gallery, Auckland (2006)

  • Tapping the Pulse - Philip Dadson works 1971-2004, New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington (2005)

  • Headlands, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1992)

  • Videonale, Bonne, Germany (1990)

  • Imposing Narratives, Wellington City Gallery (1990)

Other works by Phil Dadson

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