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ARTWORK
ONLINE
Passport
Screen detail
Andreja Kulunčić
ART WORK
STILL FROM FORTRESS EUROPE BY ZELIMIR ZILNIK
FILM
Fortress Europe
Želimir Žilnik
PASSPORT

Looking for a husband with an EU Passport
Tanja Ostojić
 
Fortress Europe
Želimir Žilnik
 
Passport
Andreja Kulunčić
 
WANTED
Ghazel
 

ART WORK

 
 
IN-BETWEEN
 
 
 
 





ART WORK
PASSPORT

Passport
Andreja Kulunčić

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.

Andreja Kulunčić (HR)
Artist based in Zagreb, Croatia

http://www.andreja.org/




Also by this artist:

THIS ISSUE:   ISSUE 02:
PASSPORT
POSTCARD
Passport
(as postcard)
Andreja Kulunčić
DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE
ONLINE
Distributive Justice
Andreja Kulunčić







REPORTS
MAP
IMAGE OF BODO KAPING
INTERVIEW
Interview with Bodo Kaping
OVERVIEW

Trafficking
Lovorka Marinović
A booming sex slavery trade --trafficking and the exploitation of women

Migration as a Global & Local Problem
Božena Katanec
Freedom, frustration, and the countries in-between

Interview with Bodo Kaping
Oliver Ressler & Martin Kren
Excerpt from the video "Border Crossing Services",


 WRITINGS
LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND WITH AN EU PASSPORT BY TANJA OSTOJIC
ONLINE
Looking for a husband with an EU passport
Tanja Ostojić
THEORY

PRISONERS OF A GLOBAL PARANOIA
Žarko Paić
Ježevo as a permanent twilight zone between borders, politics and ideas.

Thnking in Exile
Suzana Milevska
I live, I dwell means the same as I am... Philosophical ideas connecting ourselves and our living spaces.

Jezevo - a story without a happy ending
Marina Gržinić
Ježevo as the cordon sanitaire of Europe.

Illegal migrants and late capitalism
Rastko Močnik
Unprecedented global inequality -- the final crisis of Capitalism?