Dadsonics Live@REV

Phil Dadson, Artist

This is one of the digital audio-visual files in our collection. It was made in 2002. The place where it was made is unknown.
About the Work
Phil Dadson is an iconic figure in sonic exploration in Aotearoa and was a founding member of legendary performance group From Scratch. His thrillingly ground-breaking work is where fine art, video, DIY instruments and sound intersect. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Dadson perform many times over the years and this AV piece documents his 2002 performance at Brisbane’s REV (Real, Electronic, Virtual) Festival. He’s playing a long-string zitherum, ostifans, Nundrum and gloop - all of which are unique instruments constructed (and named!) by Dadson. There is a stunning physicality here, to what I think of as a dynamic aural sculpture. The writer Geoff Chapple has said of Phil Dadson: “If the planet makes a note, you’d think the first person to hear it might be Phil…” The filmmaker Simon Ogston has made a slew of excellent New Zealand music documentaries and his 2015 film Sonics from Scratch is a compelling documentation of Dadson’s life and work if you’d like to explore further.
You can view the REV performance here
-Kiran Dass, writer and critic, for the May 2021 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
DVD artwork
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 2005
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
10 Dec 2003


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