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.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan, and Ben Rubin in collaboration with Stewart Smith and Robert Gerard Pietrusko. Exit is based on an idea by Paul Virilio and was commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain.

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Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain2019Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art2019Peabody Essex Museum2019
Princeton University Art Museum2018XX Bienal De Arquitectura Y Urbanismo2017La Kunsthalle Centre D’Art Contemporain2017
Seoul Museum of Art2017Shanghai Himalayas Museum2017Ian Pattern Museum of Art2017
UNSW Gallery2017Art Space Pythagorion2016Palais De Tokyo2015
Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires, Argentina2015Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain2015Centre De Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona2015
The Museum of Modern Art2011Azkuna Zentroa2010Kunsthal Charlottenborg2009
Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain2008
PartnersElizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio
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