CV / Artist Statement

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Dale Phurrough CV

Mission Statement

My mission is to strengthen the relationships between one another through art; to create opportunities for artists to express the art that is in them; to bring creativity to corners of our urban areas that thirst for that connection to the art.

Artist Statement

The art I create focuses on social capital. Social capital is that web of interconnectedness that binds us together as a society; a term the author Robert Putnam used in his book Bowling Alone. My mission is to strengthen the relationships between one another through art; to create opportunities for artists to express the art that is in them; to bring creativity to corners of our urban areas that thirst for that connection to the art.

Since 2006, I have created and collaborated on art which aligns with this mission. In Seattle, Washington, USA, I created original productions like Tokyo 2025, Revenge of Tokyo 2025, and 4 Seasons with all the creative components of an original production. I collaborate with other artists and performers to create and participate in my shows; modern dance choreographers have created original dance pieces, music composers and performers for the soundtrack, lighting designers, video producers, costumers, and more. The introductions and collaborations I created between the artists continued to generate new collaborations long after I left Seattle.

In late 2007, I moved to New York City, USA where I collaborated with two production companies as Technical Director for seven shows. These shows like Night of a Thousand Stevies include dozens of performers each with their own talents including singers, bands, harpists, dancers, aerialists, and poets. Two shows in which I was Technical Director, Low Life in 2009 and 2010, are part of the HOWL! Festival which is a not-for-profit public festival sponsored by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

In 2010, I moved to Berlin, Germany to explore the German culture, learn the German language, and to be inspired and create new artistic work and collaborations in a city that deeply embraces the nexus of art, music, and technology. In 2011, I presented two original interactive art works in Berlin: Tart Yellow Kisses and Birds in the Trees.

The shows I create tend to include alternative and underground artists. I enjoy collaborations with them and their broad, creative, original thinking. Together, we create a show that inspires both them and the audience. My solo art work is similar in that it brings broad thinking to a topical area for creative exploration or discussion of my own. It tends to include advanced technology presented in a way to be magical and inspire wonder.

One area of art that I am exploring is transformative in nature; creating shows and individual art work that has an element that transforms the audience from a passive observer into an active participant. This active participation further expands my mission to create social capital.