11:30 | SUNDAY 9. 12. 2012 | Congregation Hall
presentation – Richard Alexander, Martin Šinkovský, Petr Novák
Learning history does not have to mean just a boring list of dates and names. One of the projects, is Czechoslovakia 38 – 89 which processes this troubled era of our history into the form of a computer game with distinctive comic elements
Czechoslovakia 38 – 39 is a developing project which combines elements of interactive comics and computer games in non-traditional way. The resulting application is intended especially for high school students and teachers, however, it will be accessible to the general public as well. Within the application, the key moments of Czech history from the second half of the 20th century will be presented. The application enables its users to "experience" the events of the period from the viewpoints of various participants, and so a deeper understanding of the political, social and cultural context will be developed. The project proceeds from the authentic memories of eyewitnesses; the individual figures are, however, fictitious. Several topics (the post-war period, the 1950s, normalization) will be dealt with within the project, each of them processed by a different artist.
At the present time we are in the process of finishing the module which is based on the stories of people whose lives were tragically marked by World War II. The main theme of the module is represented by the character of a postal clerk Jindřich Jelínek who was arrested in connection with the assassination attempt on the Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich and who suffered a series of Gestapo interrogations before being sent to theTheresienstadt Ghetto and Auschwitz concentration camp. Other characters enter the module primarily through the roles they play in Jindřich Jelínek's story, nevertheless they open new self-contained topics, such as common life in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, the ghettoization of the Jewish population, the Czech Home resistance movement, collaboration with the occupying power, the holocaust, the genocide of the Roma, the retributive judiciary, etc. The module particularly focuses on the events of 1942–1945.
The Czechoslovakia 38–39 application is being developed at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague and the Institute of Contemporary History and is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
- Vít Šisler
9 Dec | 11:30 am | CH
presentation - Richard Alexander, Martin Šinkovský, Petr Novák | Aport Animation