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.

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Project information
Location         Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Palais de Tokyo, Ian Potter Foundation, UNSW Galleries, Himalayas Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Opening: Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain21st November 2008Closed: Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain15th March 2009Opening: Palais de Tokyo24th November 2015
Closed: Palais de Tokyo1st September 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 2017Opening: Princeton University Art Museum13th October 2018
Closed: Princeton University Art Museum6th January 2019Opening: Peabody Essex Museum2nd February 2019Closed: Peabody Essex Museum5th May 2019
Opening: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art25th May 2019Closed: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art9th September 2019
Project LeadersDavid Allin and Matthew Johnson
TeamMichael Doherty,Jeremy Linzee,Jordana Maisie,Aaron Meyers,and Rodrigo Tisi
External credits
Hans-Christophe Steiner
Mark Hansen
Laura Kurgan
Ben Rubin
Robert Gerard Pietrusko
Stewart Smith
    Photography by Luc Boegly