In traditional imagery, ›the habour‹ fi gurates mostly as the fi nal destination of adventurous and dangerous voyages as well as the secure and stable redoubtfor sea vehicles, seeking shelter from storms and other maritime scares. Nevertheless there are also habour-pictures, which mirrows sickness and loss of vitalenergy. 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 inthe 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 apicture of a beeing beyond the fl uid element: the basic possibility of naval agility und vitality. So fi xed 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.
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