The project XIT bears witness to current reflections of collectif_fact linked to spaces, signs – mediatic or cinematic – which deal with danger or disaster. Their intervention reveals the hermetic aspect of the Rath Museum in Geneva, much more spaced in the past thanks to openings on the outside. The aesthetics of the exit door is borrowed from the ‘in situ’ models which are hidden behind fake walls in order to harmonise the inside universe of the museum and to detach it from any disaster scenario. collectif_fact highlights what is hidden, thus giving a kind of nobility to this exit door isolated in the dark. The ‘E’ of ‘EXIT’ has disappeared, cut by the angle of the room. The door is knowingly set on this exact spot. A disposal that is ironic about a scenario of emergency to which this solution would not be of any help.
Text by Karine Tissot for the exhibition ‘Open House’, Rath Museum, 2006