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Educating for autonomy

Video tape, 12’, HD, 16:9, Geneva, 2015

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 “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.


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