The article focuses on the problem of 'statl' of Brno and its inhabitants, the so called 'statlari'. The term 'statl' can signify the city of Brno itself, or the city center, but also a certain type of subculture and, in connection with the term 'statlari', the specific group of the inhabitants of Brno. The core of the article consists in the analysis of images and meanings connected with statl and statlari, their image and interpretation in memories and the exploitation of their image at present (commercial use in advertising). Besides statl, the article also reflects the specific language, the so called 'hantec' that is inseparably connected with statl. The chronological frame of the article is from the 1960s to the present, but it mentions also the so called 'Brno stove' (plotna) from the beginning of the twentieth century that is often mentioned in connection with statl. The methodological basis of research consisted in especial in oral history and analysis of documents. The basic sources for the article were interviews, memoirs and published scientific articles. The results of the analysis should serve on the one hand as contemporary interpretation of life of certain group of people in urban setting during the period of socialism, on the other hand for better understanding of the processes that are connected to the contemporary creation of local identities, as well as commercial use of cultural artifacts.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.