Weltgebraus is a German compound word describing the (incessant) roaring of the world. With no direct translation in the English language, even its use in German is rare and may be exclusive to the motto “Steh fest mein Haus im Weltgebraus” (Stand steady, my house, amidst the roaring of the world) by lyricist Richard Dehmel. A sort of godspeed that Peter Behrens decided inscribe on the facade of his house on the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, wishing it may be “vaccinated” against the altering conditions evolving around it. Yet, Weltgebraus doesn’t necessarily imply a scale, form, or intensity through which the roaring of the world is broadcasted. We like to rather imagine it as tinnitus, or an effervescent sound — much like an aspirin pill dissolving in a glass of water. And while the term Zeitgeist may still be specific to peculiarities found in particular periods of time or geographies, Weltgebraus is much more an overlay of basically everything: modernism, internet, crises, etc. — a synonym for multidisciplinarity.

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