EXIT by Diller Scofidio + Renfro at Palais de Tokyo

The exhibition, inspired by a quote by philosopher Paul Virilio, is composed of a series of immersive animated maps generated by data that investigate human migrations today and their leading causes, including the impacts of climate change.

 

Exit 2008-2015 Scenario “Rising Seas, Sinking Cities” Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Stewart Smith and Robert Gerard Pietrusko

Exit 2008-2015. Scenario “Rising Seas, Sinking Cities” © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Stewart Smith and Robert Gerard Pietrusko

 

The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is honored to present the innovative installation EXIT at the Palais de Tokyo from November 25, 2015 to January 10, 2016. Based on a prompt set out by French philosopher and urbanist Paul Virilio, this experimental work was created by American artists and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with architect-artist Laura Kurgan and statistician-artist Mark Hansen with a core team of scientists and geographers. Originally commissioned for the exhibition Native Land, Stop Eject in 2008, EXIT is now part of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain’s permanent collection.

EXIT is composed of a series of immersive animated maps generated by data that investigate human migrations today and their leading causes, including the impacts of climate change. Its complete 2015 update has been planned to coincide with the pivotal Paris-based United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). A crucial opportunity to limit global warming, the COP21 provides a powerful context in which to consider the issues at the heart of Exit: “It’s almost as though the sky, and the clouds in it and the pollution of it, were making their entry into history. Not the history of the seasons, summer, autumn, winter, but of population flows, of zones now uninhabitable for reasons that aren’t just to do with desertification, but with disappearance, with submersion of land. This is the future.” (Paul Virilio, 2009) (more…)