Ampelmännchen displayed at the Frankfurt Römer in Ottmar Hörl’s installation Overcoming Boundaries. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart
Ottmar Hörl’s installation Overcoming Boundaries was commissioned as part of the celebration of the 25-year anniversary of German Reunification. The statues, which are 38-centimeters tall and made of light, weather-resistant plastic, are intended as symbols for Germany’s future and an invitation for viewers to spend a few minutes thinking about the issues or joining in the conversation surrounding the anniversay.
“Everyone is intended to get involved, to contemplate these issues, find new ways to improve our social and political systems, contribute to the debate, to intervene—and everyone should do it their way. Ideally, this may result in new ways of looking at things, new ways of doing things, so that ‘borders can be overcome,’” explains Hörl in a pamphlet available at the exhibition.
This is a preview of Celebrate 25 Years of German Unity With Ottmar Hörl’s Unity Man.
Photo copyright CHROMORANGE / Antonio Gravante, dpa
I still remember my first day of German class. I walked into the classroom and on the board, my teacher had written the words, “Mein Fish ist tot” and they have been forever ingrained in my memory since the 8th grade. My high school German teacher was amazing and I always had good grades. I loved German and knew I wanted to have a career using German.
This is a preview of Language: 10 Tips for Learning German.
A dramatic and harrowing tale of student visa renewal.
“When I was first accepted to graduate school in Germany, I went straight to the Ausländerbehörde (foreigner’s office) to get my German student visa. However, I was a little disappointed when, instead of receiving a visa for the entirety of my two-year program, I was only issued a one-year visa.” Read the rest on Welcome to Germerica.
Cruising the Danube
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: River Cruising, Renewing a Student Visa, and Berlin.
We’re switching things up here at Wordless Wednesday (oh no, WORDS, I have broken the Wordless Wednesday code!) and instead of sharing a regular old photo (gorgeous and interesting as they often were), featuring our favorite Instagram photo from the previous week every Wednesday, or a handful from our favorite accounts. If you’d like to be considered for a feature, tag your photos with #myyounggermany. See you behind the camera.
For our debut, we’re featuring one of our favorite Instagram accounts, German Roamers. Their photos are truly extraordinary.