Asociace

"Asociace" is a 36-minute DVD I shot while living in Prague, Czech Republic. I selected ten Czech words/terms that are politically significant to Czechs living in Prague before the fall of Communism through a structured random process. I chose five well- known Czech artists as the subjects for the piece. The interviews were not conducted with questions, but by placing each word/term [for example, STB - (secret police)] on a card in front of each person. They were asked to not simply explain the definition of the word, but to offer their personal response, or association ("Asociace") to the word/term. The resulting piece is a strange and poignant collage of contradictory memories, interpretations and associations with words that are meaningful and often painful to each person.