Brad Darkson, Never too hot, work-in-progress at ACE Studios, 2023. Photograph Taylor Parham.

Brad Darkson :: A Partnership for Uncertain Times

BRAD DARKSON is a South Australian visual artist currently working across various media including carving, sound, sculpture, multimedia installation, and painting. Brad’s practice is regularly focused on site specific works, and connections between contemporary and traditional cultural practice, language and lore. His current research interests include hostile architecture, bureaucracy, seaweed, and the neo-capitalist hellhole we’re all forced to exist within. Conceptually Brad’s work is often informed by his First Nations and Anglo Australian heritage. Brad’s mob is Narungga and he is a proud member of the Chester family.

Never too hot

Fire is the cornerstone of traditional land management across the vast majority of our Country, so-called “Australia”. Applying fire is cultural revival, healing people from the ongoing colonial project. Experimentation, observation, relearning. Never too hot. Never scald the earth. Never hear the deafening roar of a wildfire. The sound of balance.

A Partnership for Uncertain Times features four exceptional South Australian artists working at the intersections of art, science and technology:


A Partnership for Uncertain Times

Newmarch Gallery, 16 June to 15 July, 2023
View the online exhibition catalogue here

The Arts South Australia funded collaboration between UniSA and ANAT has commissioned the featured artists to research and develop innovative and experimental artworks engaging with science and technology. The R&D (research and development) nature of the project places emphasis on courageous experimental development over ‘perfecting’ finished artworks.

Brad Darkson, Never too hot, traditional land management using fire, 2023.

“It’s important to highlight how much this project has allowed me to work on something that’s not transactional.

I want to make something that is reflective of my community’s identity and who I am. To go into community and to engage with people and talk with people and learn from Elders”

Brad Darkson

Brad Darkson, Never too hot work in progress: studio experimentation with heat generated voltage, 2023.

A Partnership for Uncertain Times is an Arts South Australia funded collaboration between UniSA (University of South Australia) and ANAT (Australian Network for Art and Technology).