UNSW Galleries are proud to present the Australian premiere of a major new installation which holds a dramatic mirror to some of the immense challenges confronting the world today. EXIT is a picture of a planet in trouble.
In an immersive, 360-degree installation, EXIT visually correlates global human migratory trends with urgent social and economic issues: increasing urbanisation, economic displacement, political disruption, climate change, natural disasters, and deforestation. Data gathered from over one hundred sources is geocoded, processed through a programming language, and presented visually by a rotating globe that translates statistics into maps, texts, and trajectories as it orbits the space.
Commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris based on an idea by Paul Virilio created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Laura Kurgan, Mark Hansen, Ben Rubin in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Stewart Smith.
Recently updated, EXIT was universally acclaimed when it was first exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo to coincide with the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Little more than a year later, with the escalating refugee and migration crises and the Paris Agreement in doubt, EXIT is a timely reflection on many of the most important challenges we collectively face. This is a global forecast that Australians cannot afford to miss.
Australian premiere presented in association with Sydney Festival and major sponsors the City of Sydney. EXIT will also be exhibited at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne in 2017.