'EXIT', BY UTL RESEARCHER / ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ROBERT G. PIETRUSKO, AT PALAIS DE TOKYO MUSEUM, PARIS.
Dec 03, 2015
The piece, “Exit” is a 45-minute piece composed of data-generated animated maps 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)
Based on a prompt and on-going dialog with French philosopher and urbanist Paul Virilio, this experimental work was created in collaboration with architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Columbia University associate professor Laura Kurgan, and a core team of scientists and geographers.
“EXIT” was originally commissioned in 2008 by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain for the exhibition “Native Land/Stop Eject,” and is now part of their permanent collection.