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Paul Virilio and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, EXIT


19 €

EXIT is an immersive installation visualizing human migrations, as well as deforestation and the loss of languages around the world. Prompted by an idea from French philosopher and urbanist Paul Virilio, it was created by American artists and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architect-artist Laura Kurgan, statistician-artist Mark Hansen, and artist-designer Ben Rubin, in collaboration with scientists from diverse disciplines, including Bruce Albert, François Gemenne, and François-Michel Le Tourneau. It was initiated by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain for the 2008 exhibition Native Land, Stop Eject, which proposed a reflection on the notions of being rooted and uprooted, as well as related questions of identity.

Composed of a series of animated maps gene­rated by data collected from over one hundred global sources, EXIT is divided into six scenarios—Population Shifts: Cities; Remittances: Sending Money Home; Political Refugees and Forced Migration; Natural Disasters; Rising Seas, Sinking Cities; and Speechless and Deforestation—providing the rare opportunity to understand the complex relationships between the various economic, political, and environmen­tal factors underpinning contemporary human migrations. In 2015, it was updated for COP21 in Paris, reflecting the alarming evolution of the data since its creation.

Through many illustrations and texts by Paul Virilio, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Laura Kurgan, Mark Hansen, and François Gemenne, this book retraces the creation of EXIT and explores the questions that are at the core of this timely and compelling artwork.

Editor Publication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Languages French and English versions

Hardback, 16 × 21 cm, 108 pages
50 color reproductions

ISBN 978-2-86925-142-7
Release July 2019

Paul Virilio

was a French urbanist, cultural theorist and philosopher, focusing on the theory of the effects of speed and technology in society. He collaborated with the Fondation Cartier on various exhibitions including Native Land, Stop Eject (2008), Unknown Quantity (2002) and The Desert (2000).

Ricardo Scofidio

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Created in 1979 by Elizabeth Diller et Ricardo Scofidio in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an American design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts.

Mark Hansen

Laura Kurgan

Ben Rubin

Robert Gerard Pietrusko

Stewart Smith