EXIT: Globalisation, Climate Change, and Art - 26 Apr 2017

The central feature of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 Festival (19 April to 14 May), this exhibit will be on display at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Please register by Monday 24 April if you plan on attending this event.

Time: 6:45-9:00pm, Wednesday 26 April

Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre (map)

Note: You are urged to see EXIT before attending this event .

Globalisation has always been contested. Its economic and cultural transformations have been promoted and welcomed by some, its incursions bitterly resisted by others. Meanwhile, the pace of globalisation is accelerating. Its instabilities and impacts are intensifying. We are leaving one world behind and entering others.

How can we think about the interwoven drivers of exit and entry? How best to represent, understand and respond to them? Can art play a role here?

In a time of increasing anxiety about globalisation and its impacts, the installation EXIT at the Ian Potter Museum of Art provides a vibrant representation of some of the processes which link us, sometimes inextricably, planet-wide.

In an immersive 360-degree projection, EXIT visualises global human migratory trends associated with increasing urbanisation, economic displacement, political disruption, climate change, and natural disasters. Data gathered from over one hundred sources are presented visually by a panoramic video projection of a rotating globe that translates statistics into maps, texts, and trajectories as it orbits the exhibition space.

Commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, EXIT is based on an idea by French philosopher and urbanist Paul Virilio. It was created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with Laura Kurgan, Mark Hansen, Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Stewart Smith.

Showing at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, at the University of Melbourne, EXIT is the central feature of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 Festival, which runs from April 19 until May 14 across Melbourne.

On Wednesday 26 April, a panel of experts will discuss EXIT and the provocative issues it raises, in a seminar presented by the School of Geography, with the Ian Potter Museum of Art and CLIMARTE.