An idea by Paul Virilio, created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Stewart Smith
EXIT holds a dramatic mirror to a contemporary global concern: unprecedented numbers of migrants are leaving their home countries for political, economic, and environmental reasons. EXIT was created to quantify, display, and interpret this escalating trend. Based on an idea of acclaimed French philosopher and urbanist, Paul Virilio, EXIT was created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a New York-based studio of artists and architects, in collaboration with architect-artist Laura Kurgan, statistician-artist Mark Hansen, and artist-designer Ben Rubin in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Stewart Smith, and a core team of scientists and geographers. The work was commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain for its 2008 exhibition, Native Land, Stop Eject, curated by Hervé Chandès, General Director; it is now part of the Fondation Cartier collection. EXIT was updated completely in October 2015 on the occasion of COP21, when it was displayed at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
EXIT is part of CLIMARTE’s ART + CLIMATE = CHANGE 2017 – a festival of exhibitions and events harnessing the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.