Auckland Art Gallery presents: Phil Dadson’s ‘Short and Medium Radio Wave Piece’ (1974) – 29/03/2019

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In 1974 artist and recent Elam graduate Philip Dadson developed two performances for exhibition at the Auckland City Art Gallery. The seven-day event Four Men and a Boat was the first dedicated exhibition of performance art in New Zealand. For the occasion Dadson focused on two works which explored his interest in the soundscape and communicative function of radio reception and transmission.

Dadson was also already a founding member of alternative cinema and SeeHear Films, Auckland, and the experimental music ensemble From Scratch, and remains a pioneer of Intermedia art in New Zealand.


In association with Groundswell: Avant-Garde Auckland 1971-79, Dadson has invited four participants to contemporise his original performance Short and Medium Radio Wave Piece. In this restaging, artists Sam Longmore, Rachel Shearer Torben Tilly and Flo Wilson will use digitally-sourced radio waves in an improvised extension of the original.


Friday 29 March @ Auckland Art Gallery, 8.00pm
Free entry


For more information HERE


Image info: Kieran Lyons in Phil Dadson’s Short and Medium Radio Wave Piece, 1974, Auckland City Art Gallery.