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.