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Jenseits von Hafen und Meer

Zurück zum Heft: Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte. Band 55
DOI: 10.28937/9783787336692_3
EUR 16,90

In traditional imagery, ›the habour‹ figurates mostly as the final destination of adventurous and dangerous voyages as well as the secure and stable redoubt for sea vehicles, seeking shelter from storms and other maritime scares. Nevertheless there are also habour-pictures, which mirrows sickness and loss of vital energy. Facing this, ships are not meant to be anchored too long but to set sail in time. Even more, a heroic or stoic dwelling far away from the land, remaining in the realm of liquidity and without wishing to return to solid ground draws the sketch of the modern condition of men. Instead, the visual counterpart shows a picture of a being beyond the fluid element: the basic possibility of naval agility und vitality. So fixed immobile on solid ground, ships are wrapped in resignation. At last, they appear as living dead. And even if maritime remobilisation could be done, they remain merely shadows of their former lifes.