NEW YORK, NY.- The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River is an immersive installation about the displacement of ethnic minorities and the possible connections between them. The exhibition interweaves three historical stories. One narrative tells of Eastern European Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in 1939, trying to reach a ship on the Black Sea that will carry them to Palestine. The second story, set in 1940 following the Soviet re-annexation of Bessarabia, tells of émigré German farmers abandoning their adopted homeland to return to the "safety" of the Third Reich, but eventually being relocated in occupied Poland. Both groups were transported along the Danube River by Captain Nándor Andrásovits, an amateur filmmaker who documented these voyages; he and the river are the subjects of the third story.
The interactive installation is based on The Danube Exodus, an award-winning film by Hungarian filmmaker and scholar Nándor Andrásovits, and grew out of a collaboration with the Labyrinth Project, an art collective based at the University of Southern California that specializes in interactive narratives. The installation premiered at the Getty Center in 2002, and has since been seen at museums around the world.