EXIT

Multi-media installation

Paris, France

2016

Exit, an immersive video installation that investigates the causes of human migrations today, is based on a prompt by French philosopher and urbanist, Paul Virilio: unprecedented numbers of migrants are leaving their home countries for economic, political, and environmental reasons. DS+R created Exit, in collaboration with architect-artist Laura Kurgan, statistician-artist Mark Hensen, and a core team of artists and scientists, to quantify and display this escalating trend. For Exit, data was gathered, geocoded, processed through a programming language, and presented visually to document contemporary migration patterns and their relation to social and environmental issues. Viewers enter a circular room where they are surrounded by a video projection of a spinning globe orbiting the space as it writes and re-writes translations of migration data into maps, texts, and trajectories, which display six trends: Population Shifts: Cities; Remittances: Sending Money Home; Political Refugees and Forced Migration; Rising Seas, Sinking Cities; Natural Disasters; and Speechless and Deforestation. Exit was commissioned initially by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain for its 2008 exhibition Native Land, Stop Eject, curated by Hervé Chandès. It then travelled to the United Nation’s Conference on Climate Change COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009, and to the AlhóndigaBilbao, Spain in 2010. In 2015, upon the occasion of the United Nation’s Conference on Climate Change COP21 in Paris, Exit’s data base was updated, with the support of Fondation Cartier once again, and exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo.

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