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Penrose hosts Weaver’s latest installation


Tim Weaver's latest installation, Hylaea, is spread throughout Penrose Library. It opens Oct. 14

Timothy Weaver, a DU associate professor of electronic media arts and design and digital media studies, has installed his art in museums and festivals from Ecuador to Germany.

Fans won’t have to travel nearly that far for his latest creation, Hylaea.

The video, print and rare book installation opens Oct. 14 at DU’s Penrose Library.

The exhibition will be distributed across three levels of Penrose in four media clusters. Weaver also incorporates two different types of archives into the exhibit: rare books in the Penrose Library Special Collections and the remains of extinct birds from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“The project is an interactive video and print installation that seeks to reanimate the residues, record and archives of lost ecological memory from the extinct species cabinets of the museum and the rare book shelves of the library,” Weaver says.

Weaver received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Purdue University before pursuing an MFA in sculpture from the University of Colorado-Boulder. His work addressed the intersection of art, ecology and technology.

Professor Peggy Keeran, an arts and humanities reference librarian at Penrose and coordinator of this exhibit, says Weaver causes people to think about heritage and the cost of not preserving wildlife and the environment.

Keeran saw Weaver’s installation that was part of the Embrace exhibition at the Denver Art Museum and asked him if he’d show the work at Penrose. Instead, Weaver created an entirely new installation.

“My intention in seeding motion, sound, interaction and macroscopic detail across the library is for viewers to recall that within less than a century of the publication of the first written and painted records of the astounding bird life of North America, both common and mythological species became the icons of human-induced extinctions,” Weaver says.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Weaver also will host an artist lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in Sturm Hall Room 286. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP online by Oct. 25. 

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