Thursday, December 3, 2015

The 'Exit' Installation

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

Art Poster

Below is the video installation Exit, which offers a stark and timely look at human migrations and the profound effects of climate change via 360-degree projections of animated, thematic maps.

Presented by La Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, it is on view through January 10, 2016, at the Palais de Tokyo. In French with English subtitles, the piece was inspired by an idea articulated by French cultural theorist and philosopher Paul Virilio, and created in 2008 by the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architect-artist Laura Kurgan, and statistician-artist Mark Hansen, all assisted by a team of scientists and geographers. (Read a description of the installation.)

The installation, part of the collection of Fondation Cartier, depicts the degradation of our world in a way that no words, and certainly no official reports, could seek to do. 

Fondation Cartier on FaceBook

Palais de Tokyo on FaceBook

United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015, Paris, December 8, 2015

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