La MaMa Blogs: 6 Questions: Josh Goulding

Thursday, September 20, 2018

6 Questions: Josh Goulding

1) What is your role in THE AЯTS? 
I’m the Artistic Assistant on the production. 

2) What do you think about "general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public" mentioned in relationship to the NEA? 
Like all legal clauses, it is highly euphemistic and open to interpretation. The clause has been exploited in an attempt to censor work which I think deserves exposure to the wider public, like Andres Serrano’s Immersion (Piss Christ), featured in the production. I don’t think art should be made with the sole intention to offend, but nothing—be it a nation, a religion, or a political figure—is beyond reproach or criticism. 

3) What makes an artist or work of art "controversial"? 
I suppose people’s perception to it. Controversy is not an inherent quality, but rather how something is perceived. Take Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain piece, for example, the urinal signed “R. Mutt;” or Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The controversy surrounding these works has evolved since their day as opinions surrounding what constitutes “Art” have changed. Context creates controversy. 

4) Who excites you in the art and performance worlds today? 
Artists who push at the constraints of their form have always excited me. Right now, Romeo Castellucci excites me for the sheer spectacle of his productions, and I saw Aleshea Harris’s IS GOD IS at Soho Rep. recently, which I though was extraordinary. 

5) What have you learned from working on THE AЯTS? 
I had no idea how poorly funded the arts in this country are compared to most countries in Europe, my home continent. 

6) What does working at La MaMa mean to you? 
It means upholding and taking part in a tradition of experimentation and freedom-of-expression within the theatre. It’s enlivening to work at an institution that is home to experimental companies that have been historically repressed in their own countries, like the Belarus Free Theatre, who I saw here recently.

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