OHMA EXHIBITS: a collection of interactive oral history encounters

Microphones and Brushes—An Exercise in Radical Empathy (2022)

By Sach Takayasu

Mom’s stories about being a teenager during World War II in Japan mesmerized me. I wanted to know more: to see what she saw and feel what she felt. So, we expanded our collaboration beyond the microphone to making paintings—together. This exhibit shares our exercise in radical empathy. Also, a photograph triggered her memories and that recollection became a short story.

OHMA students and alumni continue to push the envelope on approaches to oral history. I invite you to explore their innovative works and consider engaging them for your oral history project.

This video introduces my approach to "radical empathy using microphones and brushes”

Listen to this audio piece to hear how, through the oral history process, my mom’s recollections of her parents (pictured below) developed into a story of their relationship:




 

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