WINDOW CLEANER ORGANISED A COMPLAINTS CHOIR @ THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART. READ HERE THE ARTICLE ABOUT IT, BY JOSE GARCIA OLIVIA
“In 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, many complaints rose against universities, especially art universities where studios and workshops are fundamental for most of the students. Imagine international students who pay up to £29.000 a year, and what they are receiving is a Zoom link. They are fighting for fair adjustment of the fees in accordance with what they are receiving. It’s also important to mention that art university strikes began even before the Covid-19 outbreak when staff complained for 14 days all around the UK for zero-hours contracts, pay devaluation, rising workloads and the gender and ethnicity pay gap . In parallel, students demonstrated by the lack of tutorials, crowded workshops, and the number of students per course.
All these discontents built up energy of collective action against the institution. From that place, a complaint choir was the perfect tool to use. Due to the lockdown, video call was the only channel where we can attempt to sing together. For the aim of this project, it didn’t matter how harmonious singing was performed; it was more about the action of singing collectively as a political performative tool. ”
READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE AND SEE THE CHOIR VIDEO @ https://www.cleanyourwindow.co.uk/articles/complaintchoir/