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The scene is not to be understood as a musically or aesthetically closed and homogenous group. It is composed of many different currents, some of which may be diametrically opposed in their musical or fashion ideals. The lowest common denominator is the color black with all its associated symbolism. It is seen as an expression of seriousness, darkness and mysticism, but also of hopelessness and emptiness, melancholy, as well as its association with mourning and death. The dark scene is a community which defines itself through its internal symbols, the characteristic fashions of the different currents, as well as through its media and meeting places, especially events and dance clubs.
^ abAlexander Nym (2010), Alexander Nym, ed., "Die Gothic-Szene gibt es nicht" (in German), Schillerndes Dunkel: Geschichte, Entwicklung und Themen der Gothic-Szene (Leipzig: Plötter Verlag): pp. 13–15, hier S. 13, ISBN978-3-86211-006-3
^Doris Schmidt, Heinz Janalik (2000) (in German), Grufties. Jugendkultur in Schwarz, Baltmannsweiler: Schneider, pp. 40, ISBN3-89676-342-3