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Global populations are unstable and on the move. Unprecedented numbers of migrants are leaving their home countries for economic, political, and environmental reasons. “Exit” was created to quantify and display this increasing global trend. The first part offers an aesthetic re-framing of the media’s coverage of global migrations. Forty-eight computers hanging from the gallery ceiling store and display a living archive of news footage, photographs and documentaries about global migration and its causes. The second part immerses the viewer in a dynamic presentation of the data documenting contemporary human movement. Statistics documenting population shifts are not always neutral and the multiple efforts to collect them are decentralized and incomplete. Here, they are re-purposed to build a narrative about migration around the globe. The viewer enters a circular room and is surrounded by a panoramic video projection of a globe which rolls around the room, “printing” maps as it spins. The maps are made from data collected from a variety of sources, geo-coded, processed through a programming language and translated visually. The presentation is divided into narratives concerning population shift, remittances, political refugees, natural disaster, and sea level rise.

Exit is based on an idea by Paul Virilio and was commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain.

  • Environmental Refugees - Floods
    Environmental Refugees - Floods
    Environmental Refugees - Floods
  • Remittances
  • Sea Level Rise
    Sea Level Rise
    Sea Level Rise
  • Panoramic video projections on remittances
Project information
Location         Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Palais de Tokyo, Ian Potter Foundation, UNSW Galleries, Himalayas Museum, Paris, France
opening2009opening2015Opening: Palais de Tokyo25th November 2015
Closed: Palais de Tokyo11th January 2016Opening: Shanghai Himalayas Museum22nd April 2017Closed: Shanghai Himalayas Museum13th July 2017
Opening: Ian Potter Museum of Art19th April 2017Closed: Ian Potter Museum of Art16th July 2017
External credits
Mark Hansen
Laura Kurgan
Ben Rubin
Robert Gerard Pietrusko
Stewart Smith
    Photography by Luc Boegly