Memory House/Desire House, University of Maryland, 2010

This winter-term project inspired by the bamboo structures of Asia and the historic Chinese “desire homes,” which are ritually burned to honor and thank one’s ancestors. Students explored themes of home, place and being through interrelated aspects of exhibition design, architectural structure, ritual and performance. They created personal desire houses and collaborated to build a large bamboo enclosure that I designed and conceived. Originally filling the architecture building’s central gathering space, this work was transported to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for a public installation and performance, culminating in the ritual burning of one desire house in an outdoor courtyard.

Credits: With Harold Burgess II, director of the College Park Scholars Arts Program, Sharon Mansur, assistant professor of dance and University of Maryland Architecture and Dance students. Michael Fischer and John Kucia, Design Assistants.