Around the Sun (2010-2011) ; 3-channel video installation
(links to the individual videos below)
“Around The Sun” is an immersive video / sound experience that explores some of the varying and often conflicting concepts and perceptions of “time.” I became interested in the idea that we (you, me and everything on the planet) are hurtling through space at 108,000 km/h enroute around the sun. We have come to know one trip around the sun as a year. This project is a portrait of one such orbit as witnessed from the surface of the earth.
The source footage for the project was obsessively filmed throughout an entire year at three separate locations. The other part of the project was to collect audio samples from TV and radio news casts, talk shows and podcasts throughout that same year. The process of gathering of the source material is conceptually inseparable from the art work itself.
The meticulous editing process of this project has made for a surreal (real-time, time-lapse) visual experience that becomes even more disconcerting with when combined with the complex soundscape. This project was more than 3 years in the making and involved collaborations with virtuoso musicians and cutting edge audio engineers. Dan Hudson’s video projects have won multiple international awards.
“Time” delineates the essence as well the parameters of our existence. Strangely though, there is little understanding of what time actually is, or if it even exists outside of our minds. In everyday life, time flies, crawls, and changes according to our actions and emotions. But time can also be measured as a steady flow by using re-occurring astrological events. For example, we have come to know one rotation of the earth as a day; the moon orbiting the earth as a month; and the earth going around the sun as a year. In the end, we only get so many trips around the sun. This art project is a shrine to one such journey.
Three year-long time-lapse videos installed in a gallery space along with surround sound audio. Each video is filmed in a different location:
The frame of reference in each video remains fixed like a photograph. Unlike a photograph, however, the landscape continuously transforms as the seasons change and the years go by. An audio soundscape creates a counterpoint to the zen-like beauty of the visual imagery.
A montage newscasts, science reports and urban sounds together with original music generate a din of sound that fills the gallery space. It is a global picture of humanity as portrayed through mass media which is beamed to all corners of the planet from a web of orbiting satellites.
The viewer is suspended between the altered timescale conveyed by the artwork and the spatial, moment-to-moment experience of the work itself. The experience of the installation operates on the levels that separate the subjective world inside our heads and objective reality. It is a contemplative shrine to the idea of existence.
Around the Sun – installation view
Awards Received for Around the Sun:
NordArt (Germany) – Public Choice Award, 2011
Film/Video Montecatin (Italy) – Honourable Mention, 2011
Asolo International Art Film Festival (Italy) – Special Mention, 2011
FrontDoc (Italy) – Audience Choice Award, 2010
Edmonton International Film Festival (Canada) – Jury Award, 2010