Distributive Justice

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The pro­ject deals with the issue of fair dis­tri­bu­ti­on of goods in soci­ety and ques­ti­ons the meaning of a per­so­nal sha­re in it

mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­ject, 2001. — 2005. 


The pro­ject was cre­ated as a plat­form for the joint cre­ati­on of new knowled­ge with a col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve team and the audi­en­ce. Through mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary coope­ra­ti­on, the pro­ject was built as a base for audi­en­ce par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on. During the ope­ra­ti­on of the pro­ject (2001 — 2005), the Internet plat­form was tran­s­la­ted into 6 lan­gu­ages, inclu­ding Korean and Turkish, and thus ena­bled equ­al com­ple­men­ta­ti­on of the work in dif­fe­rent socio-poli­ti­cal contexts.

Author: Andreja Kulunčić. Co-aut­hors: Gabrijela Sabol (soci­olo­gist), Ivo Martinović (pho­to­grap­her), Neven Petrović (phi­lo­sop­her), Trudy Lane (desig­ner), Dejan Janković (desig­ner), Matija Pužar (pro­gram­mer), Momo Kuzmanović (edi­tor). Collaborator: Tomislav Janović (phi­lo­sop­her). Production of the asso­ci­ati­on MAPA.



The work was set up in the form of an inte­rac­ti­ve spa­ti­al ins­tal­la­ti­on in which visi­tors to the exhi­bi­ti­on could par­ti­ci­pa­te in the “buil­ding of a just soci­ety” by fol­lowing points in the spa­ce in dif­fe­rent ways. The spa­ce of the ins­tal­la­ti­on is at the same time a spa­ce for dis­cu­ssi­on, lec­tu­res, conver­sa­ti­ons and exc­han­ge of opi­ni­on.  It is a pla­ce for the cre­ati­on of knowled­ge, a labo­ra­tory that chan­ges by the accu­mu­la­ti­on of infor­ma­ti­on whi­le the pro­ject is being run in dif­fe­rent citi­es and coun­tri­es. Everything was acce­ssi­ble onli­ne. Mobile ele­ments for the exhi­bi­ti­on spa­ce were desig­ned by Siniša Ilić (arc­hi­tect), Ivo Martinović and Andreja Kulunčić.

The visi­tor is invi­ted to play com­pu­ter games in which he or she dis­tri­bu­tes mate­ri­al and non-mate­ri­al goods, buil­ding soci­ety accor­ding to the­ir own con­s­ci­en­ce, or cho­osing a model of soci­ety that they think is just.  Then, as a result of the games, they get a cer­ta­in soci­al pro­fi­le and a text with the basic the­ore­ti­cal pos­tu­la­tes of the soci­ety to which they are incli­ned. Within the ins­tal­la­ti­on spa­ce, they fill in the ques­ti­on­na­ire, par­ti­ci­pa­te in dis­cu­ssi­ons, give an inter­vi­ew, view ava­ila­ble sum­ma­ri­es of vari­ous the­ori­es of soci­ety, sta­tis­tics, game resul­ts, the opi­ni­ons of other visi­tors, recor­din­gs of dialo­gu­es with people from dif­fe­rent coun­tri­es who res­pond to the same ques­ti­ons abo­ut the just dis­tri­bu­ti­on in soci­ety and the­ir own views abo­ut it, revi­ew the lite­ra­tu­re lis­ts and exhi­bi­ted books, and read the onli­ne and offli­ne news­let­ter that was cre­ated as an inte­gral part of the pro­ject (3 editions).


The goal of the pro­ject was to cor­re­la­te “subjec­ti­ve” and “objec­ti­ve” per­s­pec­ti­ves, to awa­ken cri­ti­cal awa­re­ness of one’s own moral noti­ons of jus­ti­ce, with the help of empi­ri­cal data, vir­tu­al reality expe­ri­en­ce, and the­ore­ti­cal reflec­ti­ons. By par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the pro­ject, the visi­tors chan­ged the­ir thin­king abo­ut the (impo­ssi­bi­lity) of cre­ating a just soci­ety, and at the same time influ­en­ced the fur­t­her cour­se of the project.


As the pro­ject was exhi­bi­ted at very dif­fe­rent inter­na­ti­onal exhi­bi­ti­ons, such as Documenta 11 in Kassel, the 6th Istanbul Biennale, in the Witney Museum of American Art, and gal­le­ri­es and muse­ums in vari­ous coun­tri­es, it mana­ged to acti­va­te aro­und 20,000 visi­tors. Thus the pro­ject cre­ated a bro­ad over­vi­ew and com­pa­ri­son of the cur­rent thin­king on fair dis­tri­bu­ti­on and beca­me a living plat­form for dis­cu­ssi­ons and joint reflec­ti­ons from dif­fe­rent positions.


The “Distributive Justice” pro­ject was exhi­bi­ted at the fol­lowing col­lec­ti­ve exhi­bi­ti­ons: Big Torino 2002 (Torino, Italia, 2002.), Documenta11 (Kassel, Germany, 2002.), Plus ultra (Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, 2002.), The American Effect (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US, 2003.), 8. Istanbul bien­na­le (Istanbul, Turkey, 2003.), 4. tri­en­ni­al of con­tem­po­rary Slovenian art-U3 (Moderna gale­ria Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2003.), A New Past (Marronnier Art Centre, Seoul, South Korea, 2004.), Positive Critical Imagination (Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, UK, 2008.), The Creators of Owners (gal­lery Off Limits, Madrid, Spain, 2008.), Collections in moti­on (the first per­ma­nent exhi­bi­ti­on MSU, Zagreb, 2010.); and at the fol­lowing solo exhi­bi­ti­ons in Artspace Visual Art Centre (Sydney, Australia, 2002.), Extended media gal­lery (HDLU, Zagreb, 2003.), Museum MADRE (Napoli, Italia, 2011.).

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