Production StillsUniversity of North Texas on the Square Gallery, 4 August 2015
Allgo, Vortex Theater, Austin, TX Spring 2014
In Add Architecture, Stir Memory: Japan Shay Youngblood explores, early memories of home, enduring friendship, loss and survival as seen through the lens of her visit to Japan and experience of 3/11, the 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear tragedy, ten days after her arrival in Tokyo from Texas. Fact and fiction, poetry and music, mix and mingle in interviews and narrative stories. The live performance work incorporates soundscapes, architectural drawings, animation and video.
As a teenager living in Hawaii I was introduced to Japanese culture, language and food as a volunteer in a hospital working with Japanese patients who had not been home in many years. In 2011 I was selected as Japan U.S Friendship Commission Artist Fellow. During a residency in Japan, I interviewed architects (Kengo Kuma, Fumihiko Maki, Itsuko Hasegawa), designers (Kashiwa Sato, Kazuko Koike), curators and other Japanese creatives about their early memories of home. I was inspired by my conversations with them and deeply affected by the aftershocks of the earthquake, which resulted in an unexpected, new direction in my work.
My Indiegogo Campaign to fund a technical performance of Add Architecture was a beautiful success! Over $7000 was raised for the technical production at University of Texas on the Square Gallery 4 August 2015.
Thank you to the early contributors, those who handed me checks on the street, made online contributions in the middle of the night and weeks before the online campaign began and especially Meri Nan-Ama Danquah, who gave me the challenge.
Anonymous, you thrill me, eternally grateful!
Shazah Philip and Luella
Jason and Rene Devlin Weiss
Paul Meltzer and Bonnie Friedman
Linda Bryant and Wendy Belkin
AC and Gail Lawrence
Ellen Ryfle & Stephen Johnson
Frances Bagley and Tom Orr
Erik & Pam Goodlett
Dorothy Randall Gray
Martha and Vincent Falsetta
George Morton and Karol Howard
Christine and John Irving
Nicole Stutzman Forbes
Jessica McCambly & John Oliver Lewis
Alejandro Borsini & Paula Gaetano Adi
Eric Lane & Bob Barnett
Susan K. Grant & Richard Klein
Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
Elisa Durette & Ruth McFarlane
Dale Rice & Antonio LaPastina
George Morton & Karol Howard
Priceless and inkind contributions: Jessie Glass, glass foundry graphic design and web, UNT on the Square Gallery, Meredith Buie and Herbert Holl, Priscilla Hale and Rose Pulliam, Allgo, Sharon Bridgforth, Daniel Alexander Jones and Yaddo.