Haag

  • installation date: November 8, 2015
  • address: Lange Voorhout, Haag, Holland
  • photo (c) Richard Mulder, Den Haag FM

Architect Bořek Šípek, the mayor of the Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, and the Czech ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr. Jaroslav Horák, took part in the unveiling of the Václav Havel’s Place, which was preceded by a commemorative event at the Hague’s Old City Hall. The memorial was placed in a park in the artistic quarter of the Hague in a street in front of the Theatre Diligentia. 

Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„Technology – that child of modern science, which in turn is a child of modern metaphysics – is out of humanity’s control, has ceased to serve us, has enslaved us and compelled us to participate in the preparation of our own destruction. And humanity can find no way out: we have no idea and no faith, and even less do we have a political conception to help us bring things back under human control. We look on helplessly as that coldly functioning machine we have created inevitably engulfs us, tearing us away from our natural affiliations (for instance, from our habitat in the widest sense of that word, including our habitat in the biosphere) just as it removes us from the experience of Being and casts us into the world of “existences”.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

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