Mnemosyne - Theatre of Memories is a complex interdisciplinary project conceived by Sonja Leboš and AIIR that commenced in 2010 with Phase 1: Getting Together. It was inspired by the work of Croatian writer Eva Grlic and Czech writer Lenka Reinerová, who both were perceived as the representants of the human will to survive even under the most horrible circumstances of the 20th Ct. and who were cherished for their ability to convey the irresistible descriptions of European and world cities between the two world wars as well the mid-European culture of the time that is still alive and present in the testimonies of those who found the words to describe it to us. The possibility to imagine and re-imagine past opens itself as the plausible way to examine options for the future.
At the present moment, the message of compassion, importance of friendship, resistance of an individual against totalitarian oppression and dictatorship is needed as much as ever, to forge the idea of common European cultural space and the huge responsibility which that space has towards the global society where so many people live in the conditions which are below the level of human dignity.
"When I, then already over 70, instead of expected and deserved peace, had to face another terrifying war of unforeseeable consequences on the soil of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in advance of assaulting new mass war tragedies, I tried…to take away from oblivion all those things which we had to live through during and after the WWII.
Historical and political events I mentioned only briefly, as I experienced them myself, and if they shook or altered, sometimes fundamentally, the further flow of mine and many other lives.
I believe that many people have lived through the same events, and remembered them in a completely different way. Our subjective remembrance is somehow like Rashomon. Everyone can have his or her own version despite irrefutable facts. Nonetheless, many participants of the exciting occurrences of XX. Ct. are at the same time also Candides of our time."
Cited from Eva Grlic: Memoirs, Zagreb, Durieux 1997 (Translation: Sonja Lebos)
"I have a certain special feeling, when I walk through Prague and an Italian-blue sky illuminates not just the gilded crosses atop the church towers and the freshly restored stucco on the house facades, but also penetrates deeply into memory of what was - yesterday or long ago - into what is closed forever or remains open, into what you have done in your life, but also into what has been done to you."
Cited from http://www.radio.cz/en/article/106231