Karlovy Vary

  • installation date: July 5, 2015
  • address: Emperor´s Bath Park, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
  • photo (c) Ladislav Křivan, Blesk

The Václav Havel’s Place was unveiled in connection with the 50th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Along with Mayor Petr Kulhánek (Karlovy Vary Civic Alternative), it was unveiled by Dagmar Havlová, Minister of Culture Daniel Herman (Christian Democrats) and the director of the Václav Havel Library, Marta Smolíková.

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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