Fri 6 Jan, 6pm
- When 7 Jan - 25 Mar 2017
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd Paddington NSW 2021
Tues to Sat, 10am-5pm. Closed Public Holidays
02 8936 0888
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.
EXIT Public Programs
UNSW is currently developing an integrated series of public program events during this exhibition. Please visit this page again or join our newsletter and invitation lists to receive further information.
Affective shifts: inside and outside nation and body: Rethinking How Refugee Research is Engendered?
Hosted by the Forced Migration Research Network, this Academic Symposium is an attempt to rethink how to analyse the spaces and socialites of our lives with a focus on research with refugees and asylum seekers.
Refugee Alternatives Conference
The Academic Symposium complements and feeds into the Refugee Alternatives Conference, a two-day conference, in conjunction with UNSW Grand Challenges, which brings together a broad range of expertise covering topics of displacement; protection; cooperation; wellbeing; resilience; education; advocacy; and unity. An extensive range of topics from across the local, national and international space will bring extensive and complimentary expertise to the Conference discussions, notably and vitally, that of lived experience.
13 – 17 March
A week long program of lectures, panel discussions and masterclasses.
This week will include a public lecture by world authority on climate change and disaster related migration François Gemenne. Join Professor Gemenne, a leading specialist of environmental geopolitics and migration governance, and scientific consultant for EXIT. His research deals with populations displaced by environmental changes and the policies of adaptation to climate change. During his career Professor Gemenne has conducted field studies in New Orleans (United States) after hurricane Katrina, Tuvalu, China, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mauritius and Japan, after the Fukushima disaster.
Wednesday 15 March
'Europe, Refugees and Our Obsession with Borders: A Crisis of Political Courage'
Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants, Public Lecture presented by Dr François Gemenne
Join us for a public lecture by Dr François Gemenne, a world authority on climate change and disaster-related migration. Dr Gemenne is a leading specialist in environmental geopolitics and migration governance, and a scientific consultant for EXIT. His research deals with populations displaced by environmental changes and policies of adaptation to climate change. During his career, Dr Gemenne has conducted field studies in Tuvalu, China, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mauritius, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and in Japan after the Fukushima disaster.
More information and register here.