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2014
JUNE
Parallel Harmonies : solo exhibition, Trish Clark Gallery, opening 5.30, June 24
MARCH
Sounding Tiritiri Matangi. March 8. Tiritiri island.
X-Current tour with Enrique Siques & Rob Thorne.
S3D Invented Instrument convention and mini-fest. Audio Foundation
2013
SEPTEMBER
Scape, Christchurch. Bodytok Quintet#5 : The Human Instrument Archive AUGUST
Friday 16th, 6pm, Feeding Habits. solos,duos, trio at Film Archive, K rd, with Chris Palmer (Canada), Jeff Henderson & Phil D (NZ)
JULY
Antarctic Convergence. Two evening presentations, Audio Foundation. Sat 6 & 13, visiting presenter Philip Samartzis with local artists
MAY
Sound performance, poetry perf', Museo Art Contemporare, Santiago, Chile, with Gregory O'Brien, Enrique Siques.
Bodytok Quintet, Mangere Art Centre. Sth Auckland
Extended Map. Group exhibition. Room gallery. K Rd
MARCH
Kermadec Exhibition in Museum of Contemp'Art, SanTiago, Chile: launches March 12 thru to May
JAN/FEB
Feb 1–22 new work 'The fate of things to come – a conversation with stones' 3screen video/audio in Summer-of-Sculpture, SILO6 & 7, indoors & outdoors Wynyard Quarter, Ak waterfront
Jan 12th, Home Economics, Aro Valley, Wn.(see Artist-run projects).
2012
OCTOBER
Oct 7 – 16, THINGAMAJIGS – invented instruments & sonic objects – FESTIVAL, San Francisco, with amazing lineup of inventor/improvisers . .see http://www.thingamajigs.org/festival/index.html, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thingamajigs/193785098657?sk=events ;
Oct 19, EARSHOT Jazz festival, Chapel space. Seattle, with Paul Kikuchi, Bill Horist, Steve Barsotti.
Oct 3. KERMADEC exhibition opens at Wellington City Gallery.
Oct 1. LISTEN-STOP installed on kauri walk at Brickbay Sculpture Park (see pic opposite)
AUGUST
exhibition and residency in Shanghai through August. Exhibition with JinJiangbo, curated by Dan Wang, opens August 10 through to Sept 2. Performances in space weekly.
JULY
SOUNDFULL, Sound in Contemporary Aust & NZ Art, curated by Caleb Kelly and Aaron Kreisler. Dunedin PAGallery. July 7 - Nov 11. Exhibition and performances. Artists: Vicky Browne, Robin Fox, Marco Fusinato, Michael Graeve, Brent Grayburn, David Haines, Eugene Hansen, Jenny Gilliam & Dr Kron, Joyce Hinterding, Michael Morley, Kusum Normoyle, Thembi Soddell, Torben Tilly, Robin Watkins & sfs.
JUNE
LIQUID ARCHITECTURE, "Antarctic Convergence", exhibitions and performances, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, featuring works by Philip Samartzis, Lawrence English, Chris Watson (UK), Anne Colomes (Fr), Andrea Juan (Argentina), Robin Fox, Scott Morrison, Werner Dafeldecker (Germany), Doug Quinn (US), David Burrows, Phil D.

Launch of CIRCUIT.org website (www.circuit.org.nz) and first Artist Cinema commission compilation (an initiative by Mark Williams) featuring works by Sean Grattan, Alex Monteith, Gray Nicol, Sriwana Spong, Ronnie Van Hout & sfs.
FEBRUARY
Streaming Museum (NewYork) tribute to John Cage. see www.streamingmuseum.org/: BODYTOK QUINTET (the Human Instrument Archive), five screen interactive video exhibition, TeManawa Gallery, Palmerston North, NZ (a sonicsfromscratch production) – see Current Projects / Bodytok for more info
Feb 14. KERMADEC exhibition opens in Auckland at the Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour.
Feb 17. RUNNING on PEBBLES, group exhibition curated by Allan Smith at the Snake Pit gallery, High St.

OLD NEWS

2011
DECEMBER
10th. OSMOSIS (of Len Lye's Universe) video/sound work plus objects,in OLD GENES, Govett Brewster gallery, through to Feb 28 2012
NOVEMBER
27th. support with Jeff Henderson for Keith Rowe performance in Auckland. 24th;
Les Recontres Internationales, Pompidou Centre, Paris. A programme of NZ video including FLUTTER (Polar Projects). 20th;
KERMADEC exhibition of new works, PAX (2 channel video/sound) & Raoul Rock-Records, Tauranga Art Gallery; official launch Nov 30, supporting the establishment of a Kermadec ocean sanctuary; Works by Robin White, Gregory O'Brien, Elizabeth Thomson, John Reynolds, John Pule, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Jason O'Hara & sfs.
OCTOBER 2011
3PAW, exhibition and performances, NineDragonHeads in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

SEPTEMBER
INVENTED INSTRUMENTS ORCHESTRA weekend of workshops and concerts (see poster opposite for some of the participating artists ). Sat, Sept 17. 8pm. Solos, duos, trios & Watchamacallits.
Sun Matinee. Sept 18. 4pm The Invented Instruments Orchestra. Workshops both mornings 10.30am. Observers welcome.
Venue; Audio Foundation. 4 Poynton Tce. Central Auckland (at top end of Myers Park). $10 entry at the door ($15 both concerts)

AUGUST
MUSIC in the EYE, graphic score exhibition featuring work by
Lyell Cresswell, Mark Langford, Ivan Zagni & sfs. Audio Foundation gallery, 4 Poynton Tce. Auckland central. On show through to August 28th.
NOTE the special FEATURE CONCERT of score interpretations, August 28th, 4pm Audio Foundation venue, with Sean Kerr, Erika Strata, Richard Francis, Ashley Brown, Ivan Zagni, Paul Buckton quartet and others

OCEANIA : Wellington City Gallery/ Te Papa exhibitions, including nuclear protest performance-film, Pacific 3,2,1,Zero, Part 1, a collaboration between Director Gregor Nicholas and From Scratch. Opens Aug 5th.

JULY
July 16 launch of BETWEEN WORLDS (still grabs opposite & preview at Vimeo / channel / Phil Dadson). A new video work commissioned for Artist Cinema, curated by Mark Williams & featured in NZFilmFestival 2011; to premiere this weekend at Academy Theatre, Lorne St, Auckland. Between Worlds, related to the Deep Water project, is also selected as a short before the featured documentary My Reincarnation. Checkout links as follows for the event listings.
AUCKLAND. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=238314639527117
WELLINGTON. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=24019680600480.
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July 7. "Conversation with Stones" an interactive computer-performance collaboration between James Charlton & sfs at ACMA'11,( Australasian Computer Music Conference) Ak University Music School Theatre. Performances from 7.30pm.

MAY Kermadec Ocean project, curated by Gregory O'Brien, in support of a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary. Voyaging on the HMNZS Otago up to Raoul Island and onto Tonga Tapu. First exhibition scheduled for November 2011, Tauranga Art Gallery . .closest gallery to the line of the Kermadecs and the Tonga Trench.

FEBRUARYStarkwhite presents DEEP WATER, Feb 9 to March 6, opening Feb 8 from 5.30.
A new video and digital still series where a worldupsidedown view of landscape and water, its refractive surface and sounds, intersect with reflections on geometry, nature, signs and portents.


2010

NOVEMBER URBAN DEVAS (version2) in the big BLOW. On the streets of Wellington with Blow Festival, November 12th, 6pm. Nov 13th, 11am & 6pm : Choreography / Carol Brown, Sonics / PD. . see flyer opposite. August Nine Dragon Heads exhibition at ARKO ART Museum in Seoul, Korea : NOMADIC PARTY exhibition and journey into Xinjiang silk road region, NW China.
June TOK TOK; Sydney Biennale, solo at Superdeluxe, Artspace, Sydney. Saturday June 12. 9.30pm.
May Monuments and Follys: Bowen Gallery window, Wellington. .month of May
May 16 - 28, LATITUDE 35 degrees project . performances in Durban, Grahamstown, South Africa, in tandem with Richard Nunns,Sazi Dalumni and the Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments & New Technologies, Argentina
AKAU TANGI, wind sculpture, last of the Meridian wind sculpture series, Evans Bay, Wellington. (see current projects)
URBAN DEVAS a roving chorus of street angels inhabit downtown sites within the Auckland CBD. A collaboration between sfs & choreographer Carol Brown with dancers: Ai Fuji Nelson, Emily Adams, Alana, Tracey Buchanan, Becca Woods, Rachel Ruchstuhl-Mann, Evania Vallyon, Liana Yew, Sarah Gavina Campus, Kerryn McMurdo.
Part of Living Room 2010 "A Week of Kindness" informed by Max Ernst’s graphic novel Une Semaine de Bonté.
An Auckland City Council Arts event curated by Pontus Kyander, facilitated by Yasmin Farry).


2009
SONIC SELF at the National Hermitage Museum & Centre for Contemp' Art, St Petersburg, Russia. opening November:

OCTOBER
BREATH of WIND, showing in the MODERN PHYSICS exhibition, Te Tuhi Gallery, AK. till November 30

CINEMA of the WOBBLY PIVOT pt3 : a five-hour, continuous, live performance by EARS (John Bell, Paul Winstanley & sfs), at Kenneth Myer Centre, Sunday Oct 4th, 5 - 10pm, The concluding event for the Gus Fisher Gallery's AC/DC: The Art of Power exhibition, plus linked on the EARwaves with the Deep Listening Insitute's Dream Festival, NY. (details at the venue). Come and go as you please, or stay for the whole shebang! Mattresses provided, (courtesy of Artspace). Koha entry

AUGUST
CINEMA OF THE WOBBLY PIVOT (Chapter 2) : a 4 hour continuous improvisation by EARS, Wine Cellar, St Kevins Arcade, Tues, Aug 4th, 8pm to midnight . $5 at door, free to come & go & fine wines at the bar. (JB; John Bell, PW; Paul Winstanley, sfs; dadsonic

BREATH OF WIND. video installation, Tauranga Art Gallery. from August 22. (see gallery samper)

May
SonicMuseum : Tongues of the Relics, a sonic interpretation of Ancient Worlds gallery, Auckland Museum. Launched May 7, along with works by 8 other musicians and sound-artists; Rachel Shearer, Tim Coster, Tiki Tane, Chris Adams, Don McGlashan, Richard Francis, Nathan Haines & Rosi Parlane. checkout (http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/Default.asp?t=1007)

March
checkout this review by John Hurrell on the EYE CONTACT website (http://eyecontactartforum.blogspot.com/2009/03/haunting-improvisations.html), for BLOOD & STONE, duo sonics, Phil D with Richard Nunns, March 5, Red Square, Auckland Festival
February
NINE DRAGON HEADS in Sarajevo; internat' artists event and exhibition as part of Sarajevo winter festival '09

Tokyoyo improv with Tetuzi Akiyama, Mark Sadgrove, Tomomi Adachi, IanJohn Hutchinson & Daisuke Ogino @ Shirooto no ran, Koenji, Feb 18th 8pm

see WWW.STREAMINGMUSEUM.ORG/ for part 3, Artists and Innovators for the Environment, curated by Nina Colosi, NY. The current exhibition includes a 7 minute collage of two works from the Polar Projects video/sound series, STONE,WATER, AIR, ICE (40' audio work) & STONEMAP ( 3 screen video/sound work)

2008

September
"FIRESTARTERS(zones of darkness and unexpected light)" premiere performance of a new work commissioned by NZTrio, at Keri Keri Arts Centre, Sept 7th, then Dunedin,Sept 12th, Chrischurch,13th, Nelson,16th, Wellington,18th and Auckland, Sept 21st @ 5pm, School of Music Theatre, University of Auckland.

BODYTOK(the human instrument archive) a 3 screen video/sound interactive; Preview showing at Starkwhite, 510 Karanghape Rd, Auckland city, from September 6 - 26. Concept / production, Phil D, Interactivity design, James Charlton. (generously supported by Sony NZ, Colab, AUT, & Art & Design, AUT). see www.starkwhite.co.nz/

August
VISITORS IMPROV (take#2) (take#1 August 14 was a resounding success with great visitor highlights: Now for take#2 with a lineup that gaurantees a night of improv magic)

NZ Trio members, Sarah Watkins (keyboard), Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), with Chris O'Connor (percussion magic), host a night of improvised music-performance featuring surprise VISITORS (unknown to audience and performers),
Tuesday August 26th, Backroom venue of the Wine cellar,
St Kevins Arcade, K Rd. from 8.30 - 10.30pm, $5 at the door

WELCOME THE UNEXPECTED !

(a sonicsfromscratch event organised in association with the Wine Cellar's fortnightly
Tuesday schedule of extraordinary events)


July
BUT CHECK THIS OUT !
NEW EMI BOOK & AUDIO CD RELEASE, hot off the press: "SLAP TUBES and other Plosive Aerophones: The greatest music making idea that most people have never heard of" A book and audio CD by Bart Hopkin and Phil Dadson.
check out the pdfs and pics on the 'SLAP TUBES book & Cd' page under Experimental musical instruments, and view Slap Tube movie clips under GALLERY. Price is NZ$30 including postage. ORDER DIRECT via sonicsfromscratch.co.nz
The SONIC SELF : sound art exhibition, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, opening July 17th; an exhibition exploring sound related art. curated by Jolanta Gora-Wita, Koshek Swaminathan, Anna Frants, Koan Jeff Baysa, Yaro, with guest curator Maciej Zygmunt Czarkowski, will present works by selected pioneering artists, who use sound as their medium, encompassing a spoken word, field recordings, computer generated sound, video projection, interactive art, sound performance, avant-garde theater, live music and DJ sampling. The Sonic Self artists will collectively examine forms in which we communicate with each other and with the world around us by way of articulate sounds, music, dialog, visuals and motion - transforming the perception and transporting the mind through an internal sound experience. Check out the website: www.thesonicself.org.

Sound Art Installation by: David Marcus Abir, Mikhail Acrest, Paul Amlehn / Robert Fripp , Damian Catera, DJ Olive, Fiorentina De Biasi, Anna Frants/ CylandMedialab, Ivan Govorkov/ Elena Gubanova, Timur Kuyanov, Melissa Lockwood, Lisa Moren, Shelby Voice and Virgil Wong & sfs.
Video and Multimedia by:
Romeo Alaeff, Christian Austin, Natalie Bewernitz/ Marek Goldowski, Dmitri Bulnigin, Denny Daniel, Jarret Egan, Hasan Elahi, Anna Frants, Frankie Hutton, Steve Jones, Andrea Juan, Kit Krash, Anna Kolosova, Katka Konecna, Amy Cohen Banker/Amy Kool with Nigel Dickie, Olga M, Scotto Mycklebust, Alexandra Lerman, Natalia Lyakh, Eugene Rodriguez, Miroslaw Rogala, Dmitri Shubin, Maria Sharafutdinova, Kirill Shuvalov, Srinivasan, Pawel Wojtasik & Jarek Zajac & sfs.


May
BREATH OF WIND TVNZ New Artlands project; 17 hotair balloons and the Levin Brass Band
screening THIS SUNDAY NIGHT on channel 6 digital TVNZ, a collaboration with TelevisionSpaceman for TVNZ's New Artlands programme;
MAY 25th, 8.30pm and again, Wednesday May 28th @ 8.30

March
Buenos Aires exhibition of StoneMap from Polar Projects in Sur Polar at the Museum of Art, National University of Tres de Febrero, B A, Argentina. A selection of international artists who have made projects in Antarctica, curated by Argentine artist Andrea Juan. Forums with the artists. March 5 thru to end of April.

PerformanceThe NZ Connection; featuring Sam Hamilton, March 6, SFS, March 7, with Buenos Aires experimental musicians including Anla Courtis, Fernando Perales,Martin Sandoval, Andros Tauro, Leandro Barzabal and others, Basement venue, San Telmo.


Sept 30 - Dec 30 2007 3 months artist residency in India at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi.
(pics at right; check dispatches #1 & #2 also, in ARTNEWS NZ, Autumn & Winter issues)
August 15 performance collaboration with Rosy Parlane, Starkwhite, K Rd. Ak. 8pm

August 12 Aerial Farm video installation at Christchurch Art Gallery, thru end of sept.
July 5 performance collaboration with Pauline Oliveros. ALT music festival, Herald Theatre, Ak. (see.www.metrolive.co.nz for review)

June 1 - Aug 2 POLAR PROJECTS. Hawkes Bay Art Gallery and Museum, Napier. July 14; performance and forum 7pm, Museum theatre

March 2007 S3D (EAR&EYE) March 17 - 19 inclusive, a festival of experimental instrument builder/performers, as part of AK07. Three intensive days of workshops and performances with 7 international artists; Ernie Althoff, Bart Hopkin, Tom Nunn, Yek koo, Walter Kitundu, Graeme Leach, Akio Suzuki . . in collaboration with 5 local practitioners; Adam Willetts, Marcel Bear, James McCarthy, Sam Morrison & sfs . .at Galatos, off K rd .
(See S3D on this website for BIO briefs, pics of artists & performance pics).


February 2007 performances with Akio Suzuki (one of the fathers of sound art in Japan) & Koichi Makigami at Asia Pacific festival, wellington, Feb 10 - 16. 8pm, feb 10 at Expressions in Upper Hutt, 3pm at Te Papa on 11th, 8pm 13th at Happy.

November 2006performance at Herald theatre with Electric Kulintang - Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez from New York, plus Jeff Henderson, from Happy in Wgtn, on reeds. The event launches two new instruments just built. BassGloop and Gloopspring

October 2006 EAR to the EARTH festival, New York. Oct 6 - 14. installation of selected Polar Projects videos, plus performance of "conversation with stones"
STARKWHITE installation of 45rpm & 33rpm, K rd. Auckland.
September 2006 WALTERS PRIZE exhibition, showing a new configuration of POLAR PROJECTS at Auckland City Art Gallery; nominated in association with Peter Robinson, Stella Brennan & Francis Upritchard. Opens Sept 1. St Pauls st Gallery SURVEY of early video, plus new work; .exhibition opens Sept 21. June 2006 LICA - Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts - visiting scholar. One month residency plus collaboration performance of TOK TOK#2 at Nuffield Theatre with Amanda Newall and Antii Saario.

Dec 2005 TENANTENNAE sound-sculpture installed at Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf. (see page TENANTENNAE under PROJECTS for pics) Sept 24 - Nov 2 en route . performances in Hong Kong, Tokyo September 2005 video at Starkwhite TOK TOK (the Human Instrument archive) 2005, NOW (2004) and BREATH (1976) August/Sept 2005 short term residency at UCOL school of art and design, Wanganui. TENANTENNAE sound sculpture commission for Connells Bay Sculpture Park in process. August 2005 Bomb the Space. Aug 12 - 14. Auckland. performance with Jeff Henderson, Ak University Music School theatre sunday 14th, 7pm July 29 launch of interactive video/sound work TERRA INCOGNITA with James Charlton, at Breaking the Ice, exhibition, Adam gallery, Wellington. (to Oct 1) Feb / March 2005 March 30, 8pm : solo performance at MEDIAPLEX, Wgtn, for the opening of the BODY chapter of Tapping the Pulse. TAPPING THE PULSE a survey show of film, video and related works from 1971 - 2004 at the MEDIAPLEX, (NZ National Film Archive / Welllington). Feb 28 - May 11 2005 A show in 3 chapters. GEOGRAPHY Feb 28 - March 24, BODY, March 30 - April 15, SONICS, April 18 - May 11 Exhibition of selected digital prints and ROCK RECORDS (from Polar Projects) at Bowen Galleries, Ghuznee St. Wellington March 1 - 12 January / Feb 2005 Steps-in-Time Festival, Armidale, Australia; January 15 - 22 incl. collaborations with Lynsey Pollak, Tony Lewis, Peter Biffin, Zana Clark & others REV festival workshop. Brisbane. building experimental acoustic instruments in preparation for the REV festival, July 05. Jan 17 - 21. NowNow Festival Sydney. Jan 22. collaborative performance Polar Projects : Physics Room, Christchurch. Jan 18 - Feb 12 December 2004 Dec 6. Version festival. Odeon caf. collaboration with Richard Nunns, Sean Kerr, Kingsley Melhuish. 8.30pm http://version.org.nz Dec 9. Te Apiti WindFarm launch event to celebrate windfarm installation. AshHurst/Woodville region. November 2004 Nov 3, 5.30pm Gus Fisher Gallery : Art/Science forum (around issues raised by Polar Projects). Chaired by Wystan Curnow, a panel comprising art & science specialists will discuss art, ecology, politics in relation to remote nature protectorates. Nov 27. Tumbling Strains. Danger Gallery, St Kevins Arcade. solo, trio with John Kennedy, Marcel Bear October 2004 Oct 24, solo gig @ HAPPY, Wellington Jazz festival, with guests; Tom Callwood - acoustic bass & Chris O'Connor, percussion. September 2004 Sept 28 Auckland launch of POLAR PROJECTS with works from the series in two galleries; Gus Fisher & Starkwhite, both opening on Sept 28 thru to Nov 13. All welcome. Gus Fisher opens from 5.30pm, with a welcoming speech by Stella Brennan, Starkwhite from 6.30 onwards. Sept 9 : solo performance at Dunedin Public Art gallery . .the full schmozzle, as per Sound Tracks August 2004 Aug 10 : solo performance at the Physics Room, Christchurch link to http://www.physicsroom.org.nz/publicprogrammes/2004/dadson/ Aug 7 : opening / premiere of POLAR PROJECTS at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, August 7 - Sept 19. June/July 2004 N8 : Night Festival of Sound. in collaboration with Michael Saup (of Supreme Particles / Frankfurt, collaborator with From Scratch on Global Hockets) The project began as an experimental instrument building programme for two weeks, evolving into the N8 collaboration with students performers, laptoppers, Ichiigai internet radio, guest performers, staging and lighting for 6 consecutive nights, N8 11pm to 8am Check links : June 17, 2004 ECHO-LOGO at World Wide Video festival / Amsterdam, (ex Polar Projects) WWVF ran from June 10 – 20. May 31, 2004 SOUND TRACKS CD launch : new solo release on Atoll (see Projects / Sound Tracks)

Lisa performing LISTEN-STOP, Brickbay sculpture walk
Lisa performing LISTEN-STOP, Brickbay sculpture walk
BODYTOK QUINTET
BODYTOK QUINTET
INVENTED INSTRUMENTS ORCHESTRA
INVENTED INSTRUMENTS ORCHESTRA
one of 26 interjections from graphic score PLAY : Music in the Eye exhibition
one of 26 interjections from graphic score PLAY : Music in the Eye exhibition
Between Worlds (movie still2)
Between Worlds (movie still2)
Between Worlds (movie still3)
Between Worlds (movie still3)
URBAN DEVAS
URBAN DEVAS