Video tape, 12’, HD, 16:9, Geneva, 2015
Cinéma Dynamo, Centre d’art Contemporain, Genève, 2018
Through the links of a fence in a zoo, eyes and ears are riveted on a discussion between two adolescent girls: education, why? and for whom? The debate is based on Theodor Adorno’s and Hellmut Backer’s theories in “Education for Maturity and Responsibility” 1969, and presents a critique of the anticonformist claims made for the return to a state of innocence. For Adorno and Becker, education must above all enable the formation of true consciousness as support for the goals of democracy.
The young age of the actors, the enclosure of animals place the German theorists’ concepts in a new light. How far can the compromise between adaptation and resistance go in a world where individual freedoms are under increasing threat?
Will the solitary ibex, lying on the roof of his barn, find an answer to the problem of adaptation in the two girls’ discussion?
Text Erzsi Kukorelly