Cave Exits

An Immersive Multimedia Narrative Recalling the Way we Interact with Online Media

Evoking the endless and mutating feeling of video games and labyrinths, Cave Exits is a dynamic Multimedia project by New York artist, Peter Burr. After spending 6 months brewing on the initial idea, reading, writing and drawing profusely, Peter moved forward with it.

He received a small grant from the New York Foundation For the Arts, which coincided with an invitation from Images Festival in Toronto to present a new large-scale work.‘I took that as an opportunity to jump in,’ Peter told us. ‘I hired Porpentine to begin writing the narrative of the piece, beginning with a small experimental collaboration.’ He hired John Also Bennet to score 30 minutes of new music for the piece, along with Brandon Blommaert, Brenna Murphy, and Mike Heavers to contribute animation content.

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‘I designed the technical blueprint of the cube structure and went into a 2-month work hole, weaving together what we can now see as CAVE EXITS,’ Peter explained to us.

We had to find out more about this project.

The Plus: So this video is just a preview- what further aspects will the full multimedia project entail?
Peter Burr:
The Cave Exits, which opens next week in New York is actually just a small part of a larger collaboration on these labyrinth themes with the brilliant writer and game-maker Porpentine. In full, we are making a series of videos, a playable video game, and a set of multimedia installations.

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TP: What sparked the initial idea for this?
PB:
A couple years ago I finished touring with a project called Special Effect, a cinema performance based on Andrei Tarkovsky’s great film STALKER, and returned home thinking about the idea of the labyrinth. I like how this concept embodies both a form and a feeling. CAVE EXITS became a way for me to begin exploring anxieties around feeling lost or reaching dead ends through a concrete form of looping paths.

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TP: What’s the story behind the title Cave Exits?
PB:
A few years ago I remember reading a passage in the book ‘The Idea of The Labyrinth’ by Penelope Reed Doob that discussed a maze-oriented piece of text from the 19th century called CAVE EXITS. A while later, before naming this piece, I returned to the book and couldn’t find that passage anywhere. Elusive like a dream.

PETER BURR’S “CAVE EXITS” OPENING RECEPTION WEDNESDAY MAY 6th 2015 @ 3LD FROM 6-8PM 80 GREENWICH STREET, NEW YORK, NY

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