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Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project
My work changes, but philosophically my goals do not.
Aesthetically urban, pedagogically Freirean, I derive personal performed narratives out of interdisciplinary collaboration. This work as writer and performer reflects an evolving aesthetic that integrates spoken word poetry with contemporary movement to birth a new theatrical form based on hip hop aesthetics.
The approach is populist, intentionally instructive, and demonstrably experimental in terms of literacy and literary form.
The aesthetic is principally non-European or "alt-white," which is to say that I challenge models of classicism from both cultural and environmental perspectives.
I seek to create space for ritual magic AS performance, and also ritual magic IN performance.
I EXPLICITLY seek to present art that reflects and inspires transformation on personal and collective levels, and that constructs safe space for this transformation to take place.
- WBF Press Kit 2.13
- rdGB Press Reviews 1.2013
- Word Becomes Flesh Press Reviews 1.2013
- Full Press Kit 12.12
- Object Context & Voice by Bridget Cooks
- A Rite to Heal by Shannon Jackson
- Arts Sarasota Herald Tribune Review 1.25.13
- New York Times rbGb Preview
- The Root Interview
- UTNE Reader: Less About Green, More About LIfe
- 2011 Alpert Award in the Arts
- Theaster Gates' website
- LIFE is LIVING website
- Marc Bamuthi Joseph on Great Day Houston
- Marc Bamuthi Joseph on KQED First Person
- Houston Chronicle: Artist tackles environmental injustice
- San Francisco Chronicle Review
- Youth Speaks website