the ceibas cycle

by evan meaney


the ceibas cycle is a ten-part, multimedia exploration of ghosts, glitches, and the aesthetics of entropy. begun in 2007 and completed in 2011, the cycle offers technological rupture as an interface; exploring geography, testimony, mortality and other hackable systems. centering around an understanding of archival memory and networked representation, these pieces attempt to redefine viability. for our cyber-organized culture, glitches embody the imperfections that allow for us to be complete. something fragmented presents itself as a dialogue and not simply as a vessel. in this spirit, the ceibas cycle serves as a home for these hacked and broken reminders - offered in all of their complex imperfections, so as to better celebrate our own.

Prologue:
how mayan lovers might find the next life


they believed the ceibas trees to be the points of connection, mending this world to the next. places of rest, where the recently dead might pause, awaiting the arrival of their all-too-distant partners, so the next journey need not be made alone. i don't think it's a big secret that i made these for you. for you to know how to find me when the time comes as i am sure i will look different. the future will be full of memorials that we could easily mistake for disasters, and i just don't think they will be worth looking at without you there.

PLAY SAMPLE
  • Hacked Video Files
  • Color/Sound
  • 4m51s
  • 2007

Shannon's Entropy


claude shannon was the father of modern data compression. his legacy is one of sending, saving and retrieving; reminding us that all things which survive this process are of the utmost importance. to him, information was a series of signals, marginalized in their presence and lamented in their absence, being the electronic values which carry what we know away from us, in the hopes that it will, one day, return unscathed.

PLAY SAMPLE
  • Hacked Video Files
  • Color/Sound
  • 5m54s
  • 2008



The Unseeable Exchange of Our Parts


a phone call, a bus ride, a body in crisis. memories in excerpt, borrowed and given. it is a communicable catalogue, one where the hopes of the missing intermingle with the expectations of the shown. a hide and seek love story.

PLAY SAMPLE
  • Hacked Video Files
  • Color/Sound
  • 2m34s
  • 2007

Beneath the Pressure of the Sky


for a system which prides itself on an unwillingness to approximate or forgive, we should take pause and appreciate its fallibilities, as few others will. these well-intentioned exploits, cropping up here and there, not only permit our escape, but afford us a grand send-off. and though we may feel anxious or uncomfortable as we wait to change from one place to the next, we now have the rare opportunity to experience something confining from an unconfinable perspective.

PLAY SAMPLE
  • Hacked Video Files
  • Color/Sound
  • 10m53s
  • 2008

A Similar History


el centro para la Investigación de datos perdidos, the honduran medical research facility, was abandoned in 2007. though specifics were never divulged by the honduran government, there were two things of note which found their way to the public sphere. 1) no survivor has ever communicated to the press the details of the center's decline. 2) the center's computer archives, originally thought to be destroyed, surfaced partially on two latin american blogs. amazingly enough, these catalogues have come to serve a new function. part memorial, part library, part game.

VISIT INSTALLATION
  • Hacked Archives
  • Text/Color/Silent
  • Ergodic Installation
  • 2009

To Hold a Future Body So Close to One's Own


presenting now a gallery of explored codecs. cyborgian portraits, separated from us by time and space, by formatting and compression – the very things we have come to use as reasons for history. the very things which we have put outside of ourselves for our own good reasons. these re-presentations, both file and flesh-based, in waiting and in celebration, suggest options for a deconstructable future. we have manufactured such systems to keep ourselves alive forever, and we are somehow dumbfounded when they grow old with us. besides all that, knowing you for as long as i have, i can't remember when you've looked prettier.

VISIT INSTALLATION
  • Hacked Video Files
  • Color/Silent
  • 27 Channel Installation
  • 2008

We Things At Play


we have come to this place of meaning together. yet, in our wake endures a long procession of stowaways: misspoken sounds we unconsciously omit, the limitations of our alphabet, the ignored gaps of an imperfect analog, and most recently, these forgetful bits of the virtual. with each generation, they say a little bit more. now we share more than just our experience, finding the meaning changed through remediative revisions. finding more where we have come to recognize less. we revisit these evolving states constantly, together – a partnership, over and over.

PLAY SAMPLE
  • Hacked Archival Footage
  • Color/Sound
  • 3m21s
  • 2010

Protocol for a Temporary Burial


i know the day will come when you put me beneath the ground. and my body will wait and my lungs will push the trees up to meet you. gently as i come and go - know that, even the great archive of dirt and fire beneath me cannot relate what needs to be said, nor can the constructions we've built upon it, alternatively true and false. beloved, do not waste your worry on our failures to show and tell – they were never the most important part. not valued above our bodies below, nor our shared memories - out there among the horizon line and the sky.

PLAY SAMPLE
  • Hacked Video Files
  • Color/Sound
  • Looping Installation
  • 2009


Sigma Fugue


fashioned out of home movies recovered from failing hard drives; this glitch-art video makes comparisons between different forms of memory—suggesting that, while error and decay may keep us up at night, they might also be the way we put our ghosts to bed.

PLAY SAMPLE
  • Hacked Video Files
  • Color/Sound
  • 6m42s
  • 2012

Epilogue:
the well of representation


in part a remake of Hollis Frampton's Gloria! (1979), in part a repurposing of hacked, 16-bit video game technology; the well of representation asks us to reconsider our fear of the liminal. following the convergent narratives of several voices, ranging from the linearly historical, to the cybernetically personal, we come to understand the journey ahead: searching from interface to interface, knowing that whatever home we find will be a collaborative compromise. one where we might live beyond our representations and finally come to say what we mean.

PLAY SAMPLE
  • Hacked ROM Files
  • Color/Sound
  • 7m20s
  • 2011

DVD FEATURES:

+ All Ceibas Cycle Projects
+ Complete Program Notes
+ Interactive Artist Statement
+ System Calibration
+ How-To-Glitch Video Tutorial



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