THE INSTITUTE FOR UNCANNY JUSTNESS is a trans-disciplinary practice-based social learning collaboration between journalists, researchers, educational practitioners, artists, social sculptors, filmmakers, poets, mediafolk, social development practitioners and educational theorists.
It is a school for ecological citizens - a mobile social learning community for re-imagining activism and justice. It is an uncanny re-imagined and decolonial institution. The Institute of Uncanny Justness is a conceptual framework, and a collaborative commons for innovation within a climate changing and capitalist crumbling society. It works with expanded conceptions of art and creative practice. It strikes a balance between intuitive and logical thinking, and works at the interface between empathy and anger.
This commons project is profoundly committed to transformative and the transgressive means that we need to take to realise meaningful cultural change in an era of social and ecological crisis.
Uncanny refers to the critical balance needed between familiar and strange processes in developing social transformation through creative means. It also refers to the need to see uncanny familiarity in humans and more than humans in our world, while also creating the space to respectfully recognise their uniqueness and their personal peculiarity.
Justness encapsulates the important work still needed to meaningfully respond to inequality, misogyny, racism, speciesism, heteronormativity and various forms of injustice. Justness encapsulates transgressive and transformative interventions in policy, law, customs and global jurisprudence. Justness also touches on the concept of 'transparent being', and the 'justness' of things, moments, experiences that are 'just as they should be'.