CentralTrak will present a screening of Evan Meaney's recent work /a_ceibas_cycle.zip.
Meaney, an artist working at the cross section of new media and avant-garde film, will be visiting the DFW to screen videos made over the last several years, collectively comprising the larger work known as /a_ceibas_cycle.zip. These works make creative use of corrupted and broken file formats to meditate on the mortality of both the body and its representation in digital images. A prominent artist working in what has been variously called "glitch" or "dirty new media", Meaney's work differs from other artists' use of the glitch as either a way of revealing the hidden qualities of digital media or to introduce chance into the use of of computers. Rather, he identifies in those moments where pixels bleed into one another or unexpected sounds erupt from an otherwise normal file a kind of contact with another world, the way we might experience a visitation from our loved ones from beyond in the form of flickering lights or the creaking of floorboards.
The Mayans believed the ceibas trees to be points of connection, setting up protocols to connect this world to the next. This series contains variations on that theme, perhaps even instructions; finding the echoing liminality of the tree in each new, failing, interface and allowing for a personal recognition by archival proxy.
Meaney will also deliver an artist talk entitled "Cycles and Voids" at University of North Texas in Denton the following day at 7 pm. The lecture will be held in room 223 of the Visual Arts building located at 1201 W. Mulberry St. Lecture is free and open to the public.