Dalibor Buš, Růžena Dvořáková, Vladimír Hauser, Ivana Hloužková, Milan Holenda, Dušan Hřebíček, Sylvie Krupanská, Jan Kolařík, Tereza Marečková
Going into the wilderness as an attempt to start afresh, as an attempt at radical self-determination. An attempt to obtain personal and social reform. One’s own utopia. Solitude. What kind of civilization is this where books about escaping it become bestsellers?
In the mid-nineteenth century, the American philosopher Henry David Thoreau withdrew from the city to the forests by Walden Pond to reflect again on the lot of modern man in conditions of simplicity and self-sufficiency. In their way of life, he and his modern-day followers, voluntary exiles and loners from the books of Aleš Palán’s interviews, questioned the very foundations of our existence in our social system long before they were shaken by a global pandemic. Aren’t they showing us now what needs to be changed so that we don’t go mad in it?