Andreja Kulunčić selects widely accessible
media for the production of her especially communicative art
works: just as in the project Closed
Reality - Embryo, where through the selection of samples
from a "display" you could arbitrarily create a
genotype of your child, in the on-line work Passport
you can pick out the colour of the child's passport. Actuality
and the segment of entertainment are emphasized in this work-in-progress
(began in April 2001) interactive art work, which is a sort
of combination of a questionnaire, statistical archive and
a type of social game accessible on the web site http://embryo.inet.hr/passport.
On the socio-economic map of the world you can click on the
colour of the region from where you wish for the passport
of your virtual child to originate, that is, of the child
itself, as a projection of your own personal desires.
Miljenko Jergović calls the passport a fetish of the world
created in the twentieth century, objecting to the segregation
of people at border crossings on the basis of the colour of
passports they hold in their hands. Contemporary societies
incline towards pluralism and heterogeneity on the one hand,
and on the other there is an increasing significance placed
on the status of "the holder of indigenous rights"
in contrast with "alien bodies". In the world of
globalisation, where traveling to some distant country increasingly
less implies going to a really different world, simultaneously,
however, the gap between wealthy and impoverished countries
and their citizens' living standards is getting deeper. Only
4% of humankind travels by air, while for many their movements
are restricted due to economic or political-legal reasons
(a witty example of this is the joke about Marx, Jesus and
Buddha: if all three of them were alive today, only Marx would
have a "desirable" passport and be able to "walk"
all over the world without restraint).
After they were asked to identify themselves with reference
to their age, occupation and country they come from, 110 of
a total of 153 visitors to the Passport
web site (up to January 27) stated their wish for translocation,
either due to their discontent with the existing social milieu,
or because of the syndrome of contemporary (postmodern) nomadic
yearning and the need to go beyond the restrictiveness of
their country or continent. Consequently, among the West Europeans
who are involved in art and are in the "thirties"
age range, three of them decided to stay "at home"
content with the prevailing conditions, while two chose the
passport of the most desirable emigration destination, the
region of North America-Japan-Australia. The colour of that
same region, as well as the equally attractive region of Western
Europe, was selected as desirable for the passport of their
future child by East Europeans coming from the same group,
eight altogether, while only three were satisfied with the
documents of their own area of provenance.
On the socio-economic map of the world, the Southern hemisphere
normally gravitates towards the Northern, but one shouldn't
forget that throughout the history of human civilization historical
matrices are continually, almost imperceptibly, being changed
and the power is being redistributed, so that sometimes "the
one who was on top, is now below". "The world is
everything that is coincidence," stated Ludwig Wittgenstein,
and the colour of a passport acquired by chance, just as the
colour of one's skin, cannot be exchanged, old for new, by
web shopping. The socially coloured implication of this work
and imposed question of intuitive principles of distributive
justice is further elaborated by this author in the multidisciplinary
project of the same name (http://www.distributive-justice.com)
begun in August 2001.
Artist based in Zagreb, Croatia
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