Daisy Dickinson is a London-based director/visual artist whose work involves experimental short film, music video, projected installation and live visual performance. She is one half of audio/visual collaboration Adrena Adrena with drummer E-da Kazuhisa (Boredoms, Seefeel) and M a t e k o i with Maxim Barron (Toy, Patent Saints) as well as working on AV shows with other artists such as Samuel Kerridge & Taylor Burch, Yuko Araki, Toy, Snapped Ankles, Grimm Grimm, Seefeel and the HAHA Sounds Collective. Dickinson’s visuals have been described as ‘magmatic and sulphurous, cosmological and transcendental, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality on it’.
Her shorts films have been screened at festivals such as The BFI London Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival, among others and her installation work has shown at venues such as the ICA, The Tate Modern, Shepherd's Bush Empire, The Roundhouse and Village Underground in London, CERN in Geneva and Kraftwerk at Berlin Atonal Festival, as well as completing audio-visual tours across the UK, Europe, Japan and Taiwan.
Winner of Sony Entertainment’s Bass Music Awards 2014
Official Selection for Bornshorts Film Festival 2014
Official Selection for Raindance Film Festival 2015
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2016
Official Selection Encounters Short Film Festival 2016
Official Selection for Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016
Official Selection Vienna Independent Film Festival 2016
Official Selection for London Experimental Film Festival 2016
Official Selection for London Short Film Festival 2017
Official Selection for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017
Finalist for Celeste Prize by Fatoş Üstek 2017
Nominated for the National Open Art Award 2017
Official selection East End Film Festival 2018
Official selection for Oxford Film Festival 2018
Official selection SHORT to the point 2018
Official selection Toronto Short Film Festival 2018
Official selection New York International Film Festival 2018
Official selection Underwire Festival 2018
Official selection Blow Up International Arthouse Film Festival 2017 & 2018
Winner Film Crash Film Festival 2018, USA
Official selection Bucharest Shortcut CineFest 2019/ 2020
Official selection Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival 2019
Official selection Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival 2020
Official selection The Monthly Film Festival 2020
Iklectik Art Lab
Artist to Artist with Paul Clipson for The Ransom Note
I-D Magazine Japan
Women in Film & Television
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
"Both mind-melting and rhythmically irresistible- you can either dance wildly or gaze open-mouthed at the sphere like it's a portal to another universe, or somehow attempt both at once."
"it looked like a planet, a marble, the inside of a brain, or was filled by trapped insects and humans. The effect was transfixing, and comes highly recommended."
“No doubt the best and most diverse band on day one was Adrena Adrena... it’s a staggeringly hypnotising live prospect. With just E-Da Kazuhisa on stage behind the drums, it’s magnificently impressive in just how captivating the performance is.”
"Continuing the theme of arresting visuals mingling with forward-thinking sounds, as the next act Adrena Adrena took to the stage....Japanese rock drummer E-Da Kazuhisa, his drumkit almost hidden beneath the shimmering white sphere, filled the room with complex avant-garde rhythms that ranged from jazz to punishing breaks, culminating in a wall of ear-piercing white noise."
“Dickinson’s projections become magmatic and sulphurous, psychedelically cosmological, and thawed with ice. The music and visuals don’t so much flow as spin and expand like the galaxies, but as the performance comes to its close, the aforementioned images of drums rolling down an English countryside rocky stream emanate along with accompanying percussive downpours. The performance is both elemental and epic, drawing you into its transcendental rhythmic and visual orbit before landing you in the grounded and earthly realm of the physical drum hitting the rocks in the splash of a river, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality on it.”
"Pretty soon you weren't taking in the sights and sounds as separate elements at all, but hand been induced into a kind of synaesthesia. And if that seems like we're reverting to Sixties terminology like 'trip' we might as well go with it.... it felt like a trip (man), like being taken through some other reality then dumped back in ours at the end."
Hypnotic and mesmerising, were the visuals accompanying the soundtrack or visa versa? Whatever the case, the perfect duality of the situation demands full attention…to the point where it feels there also needs to be a tactile element to the show…the ability to reach out and touch both the colours and the beats of the drums.Powerful stuff, with dreamy and enthralling images of waterfalls, icicles and palms unfolding before our eyes, and complex rhythms insinuating themselves deep within our ears.
Adrena Adrena, a project comprised of E-Da Kazuhisa (best known as drummer of Japanese noise band Boredoms) and visual artist Daisy Dickinson, are first on. The crowd are greeted with an 8ft tall white orb, across which Dickinson’s projections are mapped. The natural world is a recurring theme, with fungi and slime moulds blooming across the sphere. Kazuhisa’s drums underpin the sea of electronic noise, and beneath the dances a light triggered by the percussion. Adrena Adrena are microcosmic, cramming an otherwordly performance into their short stage time.