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Dylan McLaughlin (free)

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

The filmmaker and multimedia artist stages a performance as part of his "CauseLines" series. Info


Multimedia artist Dylan McLaughlin combines filmmaking with music and elements of performance art in an intensely collaborative body of work that has explored space, movement, environmental issues, and Native American identity. His pieces have spanned from collaborations with dancers to a short documentary portrait of musician Anthony Braxton. The performance he's giving here will emphasize a combination of video and live music performance. It's part of McLaughlin's "CauseLines" project, which, as he describes it, "engages a historic technology of music composition used by people of the Northern Plains. This is a practice of studying horizon-lines from which to create melody and tone repertoire."

The event is presented in partnership with Madison's environmentally focused Terra Incognita art series, and will find McLaughlin collaborating with at least one local musician, bassist and Terra Incognita co-organizer Rob Lundberg. It's a bit tricky to know what to expect, but one video piece connected to the CauseLines project, "In Transition Is The Most Honest," combines sparse music, narration, and gorgeous drone-shot aerial footage of a desert landscape. 

"For this iteration it’s going to be more of a sound and video meditation from the material generated over the last year from several geographies," McLaughlin tells Tone Madison. "In this case coastal California, mountaintop erosion in New Mexico, and dammed rivers in North Dakota. These are meditations on the complexities of place and the visibility of human presence and non-human presence. Rob Lundberg and myself will be performing these geographic improvised 'scores.'" —Scott Gordon

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