Tel Aviv

  • installation date: October 27, 2015
  • address: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Izrael
  • photo (c) Pavlína Šulcová / Václav Havel Library

The Václav Havel’s Place on the campus of Tel Aviv University was presented by a Czech delegation headed by Minister of Culture Daniel Herman and the designer of the untraditional place of memorial, architect Bořek Šípek. The event was part of this year’s commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic ties between the CR and Israel. 

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

What Price Human Rights?