An experiment about moral connections

Do morals and justice always go hand in hand? We sparkled a collective debate about what’s lawful and what’s not inside the former prison La Model during ÚS Barcelona, the festival of urban art and public space. We partnered up with lawyer firm Tubau & Lajara & Echavarri to design six questions related to moral decisions that placed the audience in extreme positions to outline our impossibility to categorize the world in absolute opposites.

Small interactions to trigger big debates

Each one of the six questions was displayed on a scale with two possible answers. To vote, people had to put a weight on the desired plate, generating a straightforward data visualization of all visitors’ opinions.

Questions were curated so that there was always one answer following the Spanish Penal Code, with which morally people could agree or not. While in all the cases there is a clear answer from the law’s enforcement point of view, people might find it difficult to agree with the, a priori, correct answer, as emotions and moral conflicts arouse.

Questions and results*

Does the life of an elderly person or sick person have the same value? 

Yes: 64.1% No: 35.9% (1,891 votes)

Would you report a family member if you knew they’ve committed a serious crime?

Yes: 34.4% No: 62.4% (1,109 votes)

An innocent person in prison or 10 guilty people on the streets?

One Innocent: 41.2% Ten Guilty: 58.7% (2,143 votes)

Would you condemn someone that has committed a crime if you have the certainty that they will never do it again?

Yes: 52.2% No: 47.8% ( 2,047 votes)

To be judged by a judge or a public jury?

Public: 48.7% Judge: 51.3% ( 2,313 votes)

Is torture justified?

Yes: 51% No: 49% (2,524 votes)

*The votation was open to everyone and not secured by an ID check, so it can contain deviations.

Confront moral contradictions in any field

Antígona has been adapted to different organizations and events such as Fundació Arrels to talk about social justice and homeless  people, and ReShaping Work, to question social justice in the future of work.