View of the installation EXIT, Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
© Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Stewart Smith
Photo © Luc Boegly
In an immersive, 360-degree installation, EXIT visually correlates global human migratory trends with urgent social and economic issues. Data gathered from over one hundred sources is geocoded, processed through a programming language, and presented visually by a rotating globe that translates statistics into maps, texts, and trajectories as it orbits the space.
EXIT holds a dramatic mirror to a contemporary global concern: unprecedented numbers of migrants are leaving their home countries for political, economic, and environmental reasons. EXIT was created to quantify, display, and interpret this escalating trend.
Commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, and based on a idea of acclaimed French philosopher and urbanist, Paul Virilio, EXIT was created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a New York-based studio of artists and architects, in collaboration with architect-artist Laura Kurgan, statistician artist Mark Hansen, and artist-designer Ben Rubin in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Stewart Smith, and a core team of scientists and geographers.
The work was commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain for its 2008 exhibition, Native Land, Stop Eject, curated by Hervé Chandès, General Director; it is now part of the Fondation Cartier collection. EXIT was updated completely in October 2015 on the occasion of COP21, when it was displayed at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
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