The Infinite Cave is one of the most significant artistic multimedia installations of the twenty-first century. This immersive digital experience, created by Canmore-based artist Dan Hudson, showcases an extensive, broad spectrum of humanity as well as the power and beauty of the natural world. Powered by the contemporary vehicle of social media culture through a digital installation of 164 monitors, The Infinite Cave is a meditation on the nature of experience and how we, as a species, relate to each other and the world around us.
Globally, there are more than 150,000 new videos uploaded to YouTube every minute. Over the last seven years, Dan Hudson has compiled over 500,000 video clips sourced from social media posts shared by people from around the world. The Infinite Cave visually articulates a multicultural map of human experience. Designed to continuously evolve and change, the installation will create a unique experience during each of the sixty days it will be on exhibit. The piece is comprised of three digital components: “The Sun,” “The Earth,” and “The Moon.” The Earth component features the 162 monitors and is based on the ancient idea of the four elements (fire, earth, water, and air). At the centre of the concentric arrangement is fire, featuring videos of volcanoes, forest fires, and explosions. The imagery moving outward represents earth, featuring people and animals, followed by water and, on the outermost monitors, air. “The narrative content in The Infinite Cave is seductive and engrossing,” says Hudson, “but the collective whole of this project asks big questions about who we are and our place in the universe.”
Dan Hudson is a Canadian artist who uses cross disciplinary methodologies to explore concepts of time and the relationship between contemporary culture and the natural world.
Hudson earned a BFA with honors from York University (Toronto, Canada), studied anthropology at UCSD (California, USA) and attended art residencies in Banff, Yukon, Berlin and Leipzig. Hudson earned 4 academic scholarships and received 7 international awards for various art projects. He regularly exhibits in group and solo exhibitions throughout North America and Europe.
From 1989 to 2012, Hudson worked as photojournalist with over 60 cover shots to his credit. Photo assignments to document travel and extreme adventure took him to some of the wildest places on the planet. Experiences such as these impart an intimacy and honesty to Hudson’s art practice.