Native Land. Stop Eject
Sat, December 05, 2009 – Sun, February 21, 2010
"What is left of this world, of our native land, of the history of what so far is the only habitable planet?"
(Paul Virilio)

While the world has reached a critical moment in its history, where the environment conditions what humans do and what they will become, the exhibition »Native Land. Stop Eject« proposes a reflection on the notions of being rooted and uprooted, as well as related questions of identity. In a contradictory yet complementary dialogue, photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon gives a voice to those who wish to live on their land but are threatened with exile, and urbanist and philosopher Paul Virilio challenges the very idea of sedentariness in the face of today's unprecedented human migrations. The Amercian artists-architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro give form to Virilio's ideas in an innovative and highly technical installation: Using the immersive environment of a circular projection, a continually rotating globe leaves a transformed and renewed imprint – generated by data alone – each time it passes, taking into account mutations and inequalities induced by an unprecedented number of migrants. The display imagery on this »PanoramaScreen«, a special software system was developed at ZKM | Institute for Visual Media. Native Land will be shown in Copenhagen, coinciding with the COP 15: the crucial climate change conference organized by the United Nations, follow up to the Kyoto and Bali summits.
Organization / Institution
Kunsthal Charlottenborg Kopenhagen, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie; UNESCO