Exit (2008–2015) is an installation com- posed of a series of animated maps generated by data from over 100 sources that investigate human migrations today and their leading causes. Based on a brief set out by French philosopher and urbanist Paul Virilio, this experimental work was created by American artists and architects Diller Sco dio + Renfro in collaboration with architect-artist Laura Kurgan and statistician-artist Mark Hansen, with a core team of artists and scientists. As Virilio explains, unprec- edented numbers of migrants are leaving their home countries for economic, political, and now increasingly for environmental reasons.
Originally commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain for its 2008 exhibition Native Land, Stop Eject, Exit was completely updated in October 2015 on the occa- sion of COP21 (Paris Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015), re ecting the alarming evolution of the data since it was first presented. A repetitive motion of a globe writes and re-writes translations of different aspects of the migra- tion data into maps, texts and trajectories. The maps allow the visualization of a number of global datasets, displaying six animated scenes: Population Shifts: Cities; Remittances: Sending Money Home; Political Refugees and Forced Migration; Rising Seas, Sinking Cities; Natural Disasters; Speechless and Deforestation.
Exit is part of the Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris.