This winter The Esplanade will be presenting The Infinite Cave, one of the most significant artistic multimedia installations of the 21st 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 162 monitors, The Infinite Cave is a meditation on the nature of experience, and a reflection on how we as a species, relate to each other and the world around us.
Globally, over 400,000 videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Over the last eight years Dan Hudson has been compiling over 500,000 video clips sourced from social media posts shared by people from all around the world. The Infinite Cave visually articulates a multicultural map of human experience, designed to continuously evolve and change, the installation creates a completely unique experience during each day 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 162 video displays and is based on the ancient idea of the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water). At the Centre of the concentric arrangement is Fire, featuring videos such as volcanoes, forest fires and explosions, moving outward is imagery representing Earth, featuring people and animals, followed by Water and the outermost monitors features videos of the element Air. Hudson explains “the narrative content in The Infinite Cave is seductive and engrossing but the collective whole of this project asks big questions about who we are and our place in the universe”.