I have several jobs now. One of them is an assistant in the University which I studied as a bachelor student from April 2014 to March 2019. Actually, I’m working at the graduate school part, a new place that was created when the part I used to go to was split up. There is the professor who was my academic advisor. I’m not so much an educational research assistant as I am an online support staff due to the COVID situation. So it’s been 3 months now… I’m trying to quit.
In April, the professor who was my academic advisor asked me to do a workshop in his seminar. I had a basic sense of trust in him as an academician, cultural studies researcher, and liberalist. Now I think that was totally a mistake. As you know, I do the live coding, but the matter is not it, but considering a lot about performance or behavior by interfaces through a brilliant term 'live coding'. What alarmed me was that he did not grasp it, but tried to recover it in a kind of poor expression of political correctness in academia. - Yep… I noticed that he hasn't checked my latest status, works, and writing. Therefore he wrote an introduction for the workshop with the words such as ‘new style of music’, ‘future’ and ‘openness’, also describing things like ‘showing codes is to figure out the system.’ Of course, he can say that with googling once and no coding experience. And he won’t google it after this workshop. That's all well and good, that's none of my business, but the problem is that he's an academician. What is the ‘process’, ‘research’, ‘community’ for him? It's nothing more than something that gives him authority.
This was made as a public event (with streaming). I credited myself as ‘artist’, but he made me write as ‘a research assistant in the faculty’. There was a sense of disbelief here as well. Here, my job as an assistant, such as setting up, broadcasting, organizing guests, etc., and my work as an artist, such as running the workshop, were mixed up, and I was not paid for the latter. The idea was that the latter was included in the work as an assistant.
All of these made me feel disrespected as a person of creation. I didn't want to play the full thing, so I didn't.
This faculty can accept a short thesis with project work. In June, this style of work was shown. This was a hybrid-styled (online + offline) performance piece and collaboration of the Tokyo side and the Glasgow side.
I did a music performance there with a consensus to do it as an artist with appropriate payment, not as an assistant in this faculty.
The first problem was that when I told the planning students that I was sure they would complain about the volume, instead of giving me some management guidance on how to deal with it, such as posting, etc., the professor just said towards me, ‘What are you talking about? You're not in a student mood.’ He was just angry at my loudness. Well, the loudness is my basic mode in my music. What should be discussed here was not a ban on risk reduction, but rather what can be managed for project execution, and this needs to be carried out in a very administrative manner. As a result, it is unavoidable that an inability to carry out the project will occur. However, in a creation-related manner, he had jumped over that premise and made inappropriate emotional outbursts. This also made me disrespected.
Of course, this project is hard to execute technically. But they didn't seem to have enough staff on board. When I heard that they had a staff that could do sound stuff, I communicated with him on site, but he didn't even know where to connect the speakers to get sound. In other words, the student who was planning the project said that didn't understand technical things at all like that. Asking me to stream 10 minutes before the schedule that wasn't shared because you don't know what steps to take to be able to stream. So that they can't assign proper staff and number of people.
Why is this happening? - Because there is a system in which students are able to take a degree by their project work in the faculty which have no educational skills for artwork production. The professors just say “it was good” and there’s no other communication at all.
To be able to create a work of art is basically to repeat over and over again how to make it look the way you want it to look by moving your own hands, but without doing that, the process research of this graduate school seems to result in "just ask and it will be done".
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