A seminal figure in New Zealand’s art history, Dadson’s highly inventive transdiciplinary approach to making art includes solo performances and exhibitions, building experimental musical instruments and sonic objects, digital video/audio and installation, music composition, graphic scores and drawing, sound sculptures and improvisations with invented instruments. Drawings from February Music and March Music constitute part of a 12-year project during which, in sequential months each year, Dadson performs a daily practice of a visual score.
Appointed to the Sculpture Department at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1977, Dadson held the position of Head of intermedia/Time-based arts from 1986-2001. Throughout his career Dadson has been the recipient of many key awards and fellowships, enabling numerous international residency, exhibition and festival opportunities. In 2001 he received a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate award, in 2003 an Antarctic Artist Fellowship and was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2005.