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DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE - ONLINE GAME
ONLINE
Distributive justice
Screen detail
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Distributive Justice
Andreja Kulunčić
Multidisciplinary Project
Distributive Justice


As contemporary theories suggest, there are two sorts of influences that determine the distribution of traits in a society: "genetical" and "cultural". Our previous project Closed Reality - Embryo (1999-2000; http://embryo.inet.hr) was designed to simulate the genetical aspect of creation and to provoke critical reflection on its possibilities and consequences. By creating individual embryos visitors have (unintentionally) influenced the distribution of traits in a "society" and, consequently, the profile of future society. However, the character of a society does not depend only on genetical determinants. Inherited individual differences between persons are only one - though a very important one - among several factors of social success. Other factors also influence the allocation of social goods among the individuals. The aim of the proposed project is to elucidate these factors from the standpoint of the concept of justice.


Introduction to the project topic

Distributive justice is not only a central issue of moral and political philosophy, but also an object of common-sense moral reasoning. Everyone is sensitive to the question of his/her share of the common good. Even those who get the best peace of the social pie are in need to justify the actual model of distribution. It has become a truism that most people experience their own social position as "unjust", relying on certain intuitive principles of distributive justice.

Philosophers of distributive justice try to formulate explicit principles securing the highest degree of just distribution of some limited supply of common good. The abstract category of "good" can take various forms of expression, such as material goods, money, information (knowledge), services, rights, duties, political power etc. Anything can act as an object of distribution, and the ones affected by it are persons and social groups.

In the last 30 years many interesting models of distribution have been put forward (the most famous one being proposed by John Rawls). Whether their weaknesses can be amended, and how, has been a subject of an extensive and ramified theoretical debate. This debate has proved useful because it has made the virtues and drawbacks of particular models become explicit and helped submit the common sense notions of justice to rational scrutiny.

Nevertheless, theoretical study often draws attention away from real communities and real conditions under which allocation of goods takes place. By placing the problem in a specific time-space frame (in this case Middle and Southeast European societies in post-communist period), the debate on distributive justice gains in importance and timeliness. The prevailing "public moral" in the sphere of distribution becomes a topic of special urgency as well as moral intuitions of those individuals and groups that are in conflict with the prevailing intuitions. These people see themselves as victims of historical and/or actual "injustices".


Aim of the project

Each individual experiences his/her own social position in a specific way and in accord to his/her (more or less implicit) concept of justice. On the other hand, there exists an "objective" view of the situation, in empirical terms. The aim of the project is to co-relate the "subjective" and the "objective" pictures and to stimulate critical reflection on individual moral beliefs about justice. This goal will be achieved with help of empirical data, experiences of virtual reality, and theoretical insights and instruments. It is thereby assumed that there is no specific concept of justice, viz. a model of just/fair distribution that should serve as an ideal towards which the public opinion should be systematically biased. As this project is concerned, all concepts/models will be given equal theoretical and practical consideration.



DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE - ONLINE QUESTIONAIRE
ONLINE
Screen detail

Parts of the project

ˇTheoretical part: study of relevant literature, attending conferences, publishing of articles, organizing/holding lectures, round tables, etc.

ˇVirtual part: two Internet games:
1) Common goods distribution game;
2) Distribution identity game.

ˇPractical part: exhibition in the gallery; field research, newsletter



DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE - INSTALLATION VIEW
ONLINE
Exhibition installation view

Exhibition in the Gallery

The exhibition is designed as a "workspace" or a "social laboratory". It comprises (A) active participation of visitors in the project, either as "test persons" or as acting social scientists; and (B) presentation of material that has emerged and continuously emerges as a result of the project.

The accumulated material changes its shape from exhibition to exhibition. Since several countries will be involved in the project, every country leaving its imprint in the work, i.e., becoming a part of the exhibition.

During the exhibitions the visitors (participants in the project) read materials, listen to lectures, chat, join the discussions, participate in the polls, surf the Web, print from the base, copy materials, video or audio tape the events, etc. (as in our previous project realized in the Kraljevic gallery, Zagreb). In addition, all parts of the project will be presented and further elaborated on a web-portal. The actual or potential participants are thus gaining their own virtual space designed for information exchange and expression of opinion. The project develops into a permanently open forum.



Author
Project manager & concept development: Andreja Kulunčić, visual artist

Co-authors
Concept development: Gabrijela Sabol, sociologist
Project Assistant: Ivo Martinović, photographer
Philosophic theory: Neven Petrović, philosopher
Graphic/interface design/Newsletter: Dejan Janković, designer
Graphic/interface design/DVD: Trudy Lane, designer
Programming: Matija Pužar, programmer

Contributors
Theory consultant & lecturer: Tomislav Janović, philosopher
Newsletter & catalogue editor: Momo Kuzmanović, sociologist


Andreja Kulunčić (HR)
Artist based in Zagreb, Croatia

http://www.andreja.org/


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