Educazione come socializzazione
(Education as socialization) 2001
1-channel video, 1:34, DV-pal
Concept and direction: Christian Niccoli Camera: Christian Niccoli Set coordinator: Jacopo Candotti Best boy: Pablo Perra
Realized with the support of Amt für Audiovisuelle Medien, Bolzano, Italy
Description: It is almost like a cage: Three children, two girls and one boy aged between 6 and 9 are "socializing"
by playing with a single toy inside an unusual triangular sandpit with 1 m high walls. Through its
height and shape, the function of the sandpit as a place of socialization in the social context of each
individual is represented metaphorically. In that way the behaviour of the child during the socialization
process, when - according to age - opportunistic and possessive instincts have precedence, is
underlined. However, the main figures of the scene are the mothers, who, from above, give instructions
to their own child on how to relate with the other kids. It is evident that each mother fears for the social
integration of her own child.