Dylan McLaughlin (b.1989) is a video artist working to deconstruct and make transparent the tensions in relationship to technology and how perceptions are translated to ecology of place. In his multi-media installation, interactive, and performative works, he looks to engage the poetics and politics of landscape formation and human affect. McLaughlin creates works that respond to place, using materials that speak from landscapes, incorporating technology that activates or provides a container from which to experience. Embedded are stories of mythology, i.e. extractive industries are monsters and water protectors are monster slayers. But woven into these very same mythologies are ideas that monster slayers are also born of monsters. So what happens when the way we experience the world is inherently through the perception of a monster?
McLaughlin is born of the Diné people. He works in reference to this cultural upbringing and political tension. He received his BFA in New Media Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is currently working toward an MFA in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico.
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