AdministrationClass_Adminicity.mp4

James Hazel is a composer, artist and educator based on the unceded Gadigal land of the Eora Nation. His work draws upon upon sound, research, linguistics, scores, writing, performance & video. As someone who was born in Western Sydney, and…

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James Hazel is a composer, artist and educator based on the unceded Gadigal land of the Eora Nation. His work draws upon upon sound, research, linguistics, scores, writing, performance & video.

As someone who was born in Western Sydney, and who grew up in an underclass (social-housing) community, James is interested in what it means to work/live within limited socioecononomic conditions and how this can shape forms of sonic culture. James’ work is also focused on the class politics of debt, labour and trauma. In this way, James’ work stems from a mix of his lived and research experience. As an advocate in this area, James has commissioned a number of artists from low-SES backrounds through ADSR Zine.

Hazel’s work has been presented through: Charlotte New Music Festival (USA); INMF (Los Angeles) Arts Incubator III (Seoul); HighSCORE (Contemporary Music Festival, Italy); Performance Space; Carriageworks; Firstdraft Gallery; Merrigong Theatre Company; City of Sydney; Ensemble Mise-en (New York); Create NSW: Ensemble Offspring; Hatched Academy (Aus); Sydney Fringe Festival; Gondwana Choirs; Speak Percussion (Melb); Scanlines; Maitland Regional Gallery; Lockup Gallery; NYWF; VIVID (Sydney); March Dance; and the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy. In 2021, James was selected as one of the ABC Top 5 Researchers (Arts) in Australia – a program in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Australia Council for the Arts. Through this program, he is currently developing a number of projects with the ABC.

The Administration Class; Towards Corrective Forms of Life and Living(s) by James Hazel

I first encountered the early practices of the administration class in the second-year of my university degree – not, at the call-centre I had worked a year before, as one would have expected (I did sell a lot of Optus plans though). After my training, I eventually became an ‘artist’ in the, you know, middle-class sense, and I ended up working again (despite being unemployed) for a ‘place’ wherein I didn’t know my role, or position. The only principles that guided me were the so-called administration practices that made things (such as myself, events, systems, streams, and others) ‘happen.’ But I never had a real answer for what I was doing. Yet, I always sensed that capital was being (re)generated someplace, somewhere for someone smart, attractive, and privately educated, because of the aftertaste of the few, trickle-down drops that I received – which, in turn, kept me thirsty enough to keep going. I felt the silent weight for many years but after finding some dehydrated friends whose tongues were hard-hit and starched enough, I finally had enough credit in my burning pocket to unearth the two videos below. They were confusing to watch at first – but I swear to you, we might have all seen them before…These videos ought to help us, as the administration class is where we are being encouraged to head. History has been building up to this adimini-moment, as there is seldom a place, event, object, person, mineral, or animal that is not being administered in some capacity right now.

The administration class is becoming increasingly poetic, speculative, and artful in its speech, strategies, songs and actions – this is why it appeals to artists and silicon valley entrepreneurs alike. Both are inheritors of the Romantic tradition, both are visionaries, both extract bodies for labor, research, grants and data. Both gotta move things (and people) along to make shit happen! What I mean here is: the administration class lurks at the bottom of coercive emails while it ‘frees up time’ in emerging lithium and tantalum mines; it purposely delays the transfer of wealth for as long as possible to accumulate and articulate as much interest as possible. It trades in the erotics of risk as potential-as-possibility. It likes to move organs around and around – squeezing them until tension is palpable and painful like an over-ripe black-head on your boyfriend’s back.There is no need to stress though, the administration class takes pleasure in the outer curves of (y)our death – and truly feels that Zoom dance sessions are a great way for you to meet peers and colleagues. And at centre of the statistical commons, the administration class employs an alchemical mix of calculations and words as a stabilising agent for all forms of life and living(s). In this capacity, one could say that it gave up on the idea of privacy years ago…

https://jameshazel.net

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