I’ve been observing this situation and reflecting on the need for competing 
skills inside one person: 
- adherence to personal vision in the studio
- the flexibility of ego to collaborate well with colleagues and students in 
the educational environment. 

I’ve seen behavior like this in art teachers the past, although not to this 
degree. And I assigned it as lots of skill in one area (authorship) fewer 
skills in another ... 

It’s hard. I’m reminded that “you can’t say authoritarian without author”. I 
also re-invest in the notion that I have to keep a good buffer between my 
formal creative practice (viciously adhering to the vision) and the social 
skills for creating resilient learning environment (relax, communicate, 
provoke, nourish, discover together etc). 

Jessica

* * * * *

Jessica Fenlon

artist : poet : experimental : http://sixth-station.com

flickr : vimeo : instagram

> On Apr 13, 2018, at 8:13 AM, John Muse <jm...@sonic.net> wrote:
> 
> Another turn of the screw:
> 
> https://www.artforum.com/news/massart-embroiled-in-controversy-over-resignation-of-filmmaker-saul-levine-74966
> 
> j
> 
>> On Apr 12, 2018, at 9:19 AM, Jon Behrens <bolex...@msn.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Thank you Ed
>> For sharing this
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Apr 11, 2018, at 8:22 PM, Deana LeBlanc <leblanc.de...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Emotion vs. reason? His live video got us PUMPED and struck a cord- we who 
>>> were watching were cheering, (crying a bit admittedly). Even had musicians 
>>> riding along to its It speaks to something bigger and is effectively 
>>> cathartic- the performance, the storytelling, while also being a testimony 
>>> of information. Two things going on at once, important to distinguish. But 
>>> this also makes sense- the statement from Mass Art Faculty- glad to hear 
>>> from them. 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Ed Halter <h...@edhalter.com> wrote:
>>> Hey Frameworks
>>> 
>>> Felt I should share this announcement that was forwarded to me from the 
>>> Massart faculty.
>>> 
>>> ------------
>>> 
>>> 
>>> TO THE MASSART COMMUNITY:
>>> 
>>> The faculty and staff of the Film/Video department demand that Professor 
>>> Saul Levine stop his
>>> lies about recent events at Mass Art and his cyber-bullying against his 
>>> colleagues.
>>> 
>>> It is because of Professor Levine’s very public attacks and 
>>> misrepresentations that we feel
>>> obliged to correct his version of the complaints against him.
>>> 
>>> He has bullied his colleagues and created an abusive working environment 
>>> over many years.
>>> 
>>> He has derailed and destroyed important discussions about urgent 
>>> departmental and curricular
>>> issues.
>>> 
>>> This is NOT an issue of academic freedom. No one at Mass Art made any 
>>> effort to censor or
>>> punish Professor Levine for screening his film or any other film he has 
>>> shown over the years.
>>> No one forced him to retire.The decision to retire is entirely Professor 
>>> Levine’s.
>>> 
>>> We recognize Professor Levine as a brilliant artist and programmer and are 
>>> thankful for his
>>> contributions to the department and to Massart.It is extremely painful to 
>>> see his toxic rant
>>> against the department, besmearing the College and insulting us by name 
>>> while claiming
>>> himself as the victim.
>>> 
>>> As artists, teachers and mentors, it is our responsibility to stand up when 
>>> we are bullied and to
>>> treat each other with respect. It is also our duty to foster an open, 
>>> respectful, and collegial
>>> environment for our students.
>>> 
>>> Soon-Mi Yoo, Chair
>>> Ericka Beckman, Professor
>>> Gretchen Skogerson, Professor
>>> Joe Briganti, Studio Manager, Video Area
>>> Kim Keown, Studio Manager, Film Area
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