Evenings in the “Verstärker”: What’s Your Thing, Dude?

Museumsinsel Berlin

The talk show Evenings in the Verstärker explores the question “What’s Your Thing, Dude?” beginning on 12 March 2020. On five evenings the topic of “dudism” is examined from various perspectives. The venue is Haus Bastian, the Centre for Cultural Education of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Admission is free.

Under the title “All the Young Dudes / Carry the News”, Bodo Mrozek, pop author and historian, and Klaus Hurrelmann, youth researcher and social scientist, discuss youth cultures and generation gaps. Moderated by Jenni Zylka, they probe questions such as “What does youth have to do with pop?”, “Why can’t you be old and hip?”, and “How long have pop culture and youth been linked?”.

Other Events in the Series

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared: The Wisdom of Old Age and Aching Bones. With Rei Gesing, author of Die Weisheit der 100jährigen (The Wisdom of Centenarians), and Jane Saidi, elderly care nurse. Thursday, 16 April 2020, 7–9 pm
  • It Doesn’t Get Any Dustier After Four Years: The Beauty of Things Aging. With Bettina Vismann, dust researcher and architect, and Bertram Lorenz, qualified conservator-restorer. Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7–9 pm
  • Anti-Aging-Agitprop: Wrinkles and Body Politics. With Prof. Dr. Claudia Bruns, cultural scholar and professor of gender research, and a cosmetic surgeon, 18 June 2020, 7–9 pm
  • You are Never Too Old to Be Young: The Protection of Minors in the Media and Perceived Age Ratings. With Matthias Struch, Youth protection specialist, Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen (association for youth media protection), and Simone Renker, psychologist and systemic therapist. Thursday, 9 July 2020, 7–9 pm

Participation is free of charge; no registration is required.

The Verstärker

The Verstärker programme is a catalyst energising the new centre for cultural education at Haus Bastian. Every six months interdisciplinary topics and themes pertaining to various collections are introduced for discussion. A setting consisting of reference objects, resource materials, explanatory texts and formulated questions, as well as calls for action, provides the stimulus. Participants approach the subject from differing perspectives, discovering links to the collections on the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), to their own interests and experiences, and contributing their own points of view.