Dale Gorfinkel is a musician, artist and facilitator whose stylefree improvisational approach informs his multi-instrumental performances, instrument-building, kinetic sound installations, videos and animations. Dale’s work aims to reflect an awareness of the dynamic nature of culture and the value of listening as a mode of knowing people and places. He is interested in finding fresh ways of presenting and making music, bringing creative communities together and shifting perceived boundaries of scenes and artforms.
Dale has presented installations and performances throughout Australia and internationally. Amongst numerous creative collaborations, his current projects include Prophets, Sounds Like Movement, Snacks, and Music Yared. He is a lead facilitator for Art Day South, an inclusive arts studio with Arts Access Victoria and has recently taught Instrument Building for Artists at RMIT.
In 2014 he was awarded an Emerging Artist Creative Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Here is Dale’s profile ‘Listening As A Way of Knowing’ by his Snacks buddy, Jen Callaway on Disclaimer
Campbelltown Arts Centre – Prophets (2019); Sounds Like Movement with Peter Fraser – MoreArt Public Art Festival (2018); Prophets Berlin Residency (2016); European Tour with Heddy Boubaker and Aviva Endean -France, Spain, Portugal (2016); MONA Foma with Music Yared (2016); Teater Garasi/Lifepatch WYST, Yogyakarta (2015); Bukan Music Biasa, Indonesia (2014); Regional Victoria and Queensland Tour with Asanti Dance Theatre; Amsterdam’s Doek Festival with Cor Fuhler and European Tour (2012); Malthouse Theatre, Dandenong Drum Theatre & Oasis, Cape Coast Ghana with Asanti Dance Theatre (2012); MONA FOMA Festival, Hobart with Jim Denley and Monica Brooks (2012); Soundwalks for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival with Anthony Magen; West Head Project – Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island International Arts Festival (2009); Live sound design for Tess DeQuincey’s Run, Carriageworks (2009); Australian Tour with American trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith (2008); Articulating Space Festival; Vitamin-S Festival, Auckland, NZ (2007); ABC TV series ‘Set’ (2006).
A Way Through All Things, with Caitlin Franzmann and Ross Manning, Spring Hill Reservoir, Brisbane Open House (2017); International Harbour Residency, Darwin Festival (2015); The Instrument Builders Project, National Gallery of Victoria (2014); The Instrument Builders Project, Jogjakarta (2014); Doek Festival Amsterdam (2012); Artist-in-residence at Footscray Community Arts Centre (2011); ‘Cuttings’ at Linden Contemporary Art Spaces (2011); Touch at A Distance, 7000 Oaks Festival at Heidi Museum of Modern Art (2010); Infinite Music Machine at Westspace Gallery, Melbourne (2009) for Liquid Architecture;
‘Out of Space, A Festival of Performances and Sound Installations, Bus Gallery, Melbourne (2008); ‘Vaucanson’s Duck: A Festival of Automated Instruments and Installations’ with Ernie Althoff and Robbie Avenaim at Bus Gallery, Melbourne (2007); ‘The Outing’, with Tim Gregory at Horus Deloris Gallery, Sydney (2007)
Facilitator/Educator: Dale is a dedicated and passionate arts facilitator. He has worked for many years with artists and musicians with disabilities through his roles with Arts Access Victoria. He has also worked with young people with City of Yarra Youth Services, St Martin’s Youth Theatre and The Song Room where he taught percussion, instrument building and sound art to primary school students, including many with migrant and refugee experience as well as conducted monthly workshops at The Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital. He worked with artists and volunteers to facilitate Musical Journeys, a community group of people with experience seeking asylum. Other partnering organisations for workshops include: RMIT School of Fine Art, Melbourne’s Artplay, Kingston Arts Centre, Darebin Feast, Footscray Community Arts, Darwin Festival, The Dwellingup Arts Lab, WA , The NOW now Festival, The Queensland University of Technology, RMIT School of Design, RMIT School of Fine Art, Charles Darwin University, & The Sustainable Living Festival.
Producer: He has curated & produced the Out Hear Festival at Footscray Community Arts Centre (2011), festivals at Westspace (2009) & Bus Gallery (2007 & 2008). Before moving to Melbourne in 2008, he co-curated & organised The NOW now series & Festival in Sydney. In 2011, he founded Out Hear to encourage a culture of listening, soundwalks & performances in non-conventional spaces. These events in urban, bush & odd in-between spaces aim to address issues of ecological awareness, well-being & accessibility. The contextual shifts allow for the exploration of new audience-performer-environment relationships. www.outhear.com