Lives and works in Minneapolis
Mentor: John Kim
Dylan Redford is an artist/documentarian living in Minneapolis MN. Dylan received his BFA in Studio Art from Middlebury College. Dylan co-founded the artist run and Minneapolis based gallery Yeah Maybe and is a Moving Image Research Associate at the Walker Art Center. Mostly though, Dylan tells honestly unreliable stories.
I’m interested in how myself and others have entered into this frictionless feedback loop: vivid online images of violence fuse with anxious fantasies that lead to direct action. I see these active shooter drills as prime examples of such a feedback loop.
From Dylan Redford’s Proposal
Using live performance, documentary video, and virtual reality technology, I will document my attempt to “un-soft” myself— to feel prepared for an “active shooter”. My project will intervene, disrupt, and reveal. Are these drills a realistic response to a rapidly changing political climate? Or do these drills desensitize us to this violence, creating a culture of fear and racial profiling? I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that these questions need to be asked and, if granted the AOV Fellowship, I hope to do just that: create a space of doubt where the process of image to fantasy to reality can be interrogated and made transparent.