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Strange German understanding of culture

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7 comments on “Strange German understanding of culture

  1. Very strange indeed!

    • vidavidav
      July 15, 2015

      I was thinking whether I should mark somehow the word Culture and the construction on the pic, or is it immediately noticeable?

  2. tolmuc
    July 21, 2015

    I am German, so I am possibly too involved to see the strangeness ;-). Can you explain? The picture shows Zeche Zollverein, a Unesco World Heritage site.

    • vidavidav
      July 21, 2015

      When I see a word Culture, things that typically would come to my mind would be paintings, music, clothing even and architecture. This is an industrial construction! In my head its typically placed the furthest from the culture ­čśë

  3. tolmuc
    July 22, 2015

    Thank you for your explanation. Yes, that would probably typically come to my mind, too. But on the other hand the approach for “culture” can be broader than for “art” I guess? The regional culture and original identification of the Ruhr-Area is (was) very much based on coal-mining and the production of steel. People of the region (used to) very much identify with their industrial working places and were proud of their work. There is a famous museum for coal-mining (Bergbaumuseum Bochum) which is acutally very interesting. Headframes, like the one in the picture you posted, are very emblematic symbols of the region.

    Today all of the coal-mines are shut down and a lot of the former industrial sites are used for cultural events very much in the sense you described as your understanding of culture. Zeche Zollverein, the place in the picture, is now famous for art exhibitions, concerts and other art-related events.

    And also: Some of the industrial sites are architectonically extremely interesting. Zeche Zollverein is an outstanding example of “Neue Sachlichkeit” in architecture. If you are more into more ornamented styles of architecture it might not be too attractive for your (or my) liking, but it is still an important piece of architecture. Industral buildings and also railway stations for example built in the early 20th century were called the cathedrals of their times.

    If you want to, google the word “Industriekultur”.

    I hope I did not offend by pointing out a different angle of the picture you posted. I kind of felt obliged to explain what you called “strange German understanding of …” It might not be the every-day understanding of culture, but I in my opinion it is neither strange nor exclusively German. Or is it? I will think about it :-). However, the claim “cluture AT ITS BEST” realy does seem over the top … ­čśÇ

    • tolmuc
      July 22, 2015

      I seems that the most accurate English translation of “Industriekultur” would be “industrial heritage”.
      So maybe the words “culture” and “Kultur” do not mean exaclty the same thing in the two languages?

      • vidavidav
        July 22, 2015

        Right! Industrial heritage sounds right!

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