Villa Stiassni. Brno, Czechoslovakia. Alfred and Mitzi Stiassni, Jewish textile manufacturers, built the modernist mansion in 1927 and lived there with their only child, Susi, until 1938. Months before the Nazi invasion, they fled their country. The Villa Stiassni, now a Heritage site, was for decades occupied by a series of Czech governments.
Meanwhile, in California, Susi began to record her dreams. From 1968, for nearly four decades, she recorded over 20,000 of them. Two hundred dreams take place in Villa Stiassni. These represent Susi’s only return to her childhood home.
Susi Stiassni (1923-2005) was Daria Martin’s grandmother. Refuge, an interactive videogame, enables the user’s return, discovering dream diary pages along the way. Does a hidden threat lurk, or are they themselves the intruder?
The game was made in cooperation with Villa Stiassni and created in a collaboration with Masaryk University and Oxford University.
Daria Martin and Laura Shacham
Design and development
Nikola Kunzová, David Kuťák
Richa Nahata, Olivia De Meyere
Ladan Cockshut, Zdeněk Záhora
Milan Doležal, Pavel Kouřil
Hayley Carmichael, Flora Nicholson
Daniel Jaramillo, Klára Jašková
The Martin Family
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
The National Heritage Institute, Czech Republic
The Erasmus Programme