Memory of the Nation at Stalin
Letná. The former monument of J.V.Stalin. We are cramped in a dark narrow corridor. The walls feel damp. The musty earthy smell stings in our noses. Suddenly a voice emerges from the dark. There is light. Soon the space is resonating with sounds of a Hitler salute and Spitfire aircrafts moving sharply around. The Battle of Britain is replaced by a death transport then the intensity of a secret police interrogations is lifted up by the demonstrations in November 1989.
We leave the spatial installation and enter the next room. We get drawn into a pantheon filled with testimonies. The stories are divided up into nine periods, there is a short video devoted to each one of them. We go up towards the Metronome to get some fresh air and enjoy the view of Prague in summer. What a nasty surprise! Our view is brutally blocked off by a black wall. There is something wrong with the Metronome too. It seems to have been frozen in one position.
We appear in some kind of weird timelessness. Is this totalitarian vibe going to last forever? The exhibition focuses on some the dark episodes of the 20th century and to some of the different ways freedom has been restricted. We explore feelings of discomfort. These feelings are evoked by exploring the space of concentration camps and prison cells.
Through candle light representing the velvet revolution the visitor walks into the present and the threats of authoritarian regimes faced today. The question is what do we need to do to keep our freedom.
Animation and Illustration
Sound and Music
Light Design and Programming
AV Installation, Mapping
Used Photos and Videos