Deutsches Haus will host an open-air concert (Sept. 5), discussions on “fake news” (Sept. 14), the far-right youth culture in the U.S. and Germany (Sept. 21), and “Westworld’s Shakespeare: A Case for Serial Reading” (Sept. 24).

 NYU's Deutsches Haus
NYU's Deutsches Haus

NYU’s Deutsches Haus will host an open-air concert (Sept. 5), discussions on “fake news” (Sept. 14), the far-right youth culture in the U.S. and Germany (Sept. 21), and “Westworld’s Shakespeare: A Case for Serial Reading” (Sept. 24), and more beginning in September.

All events are held at Deutsches Haus’ 42 Washington Mews location (at University Place), unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
“Haus-Fest Concert: Timo Vollbrecht Fly Magic”
Deutsches Haus at NYU presents an open-air concert in its courtyard to celebrate its 41st Haus-Fest featuring the saxophonist Timo Vollbrecht, alongside his quartet Fly Magic (with guitarist Keisuke Matsuno, bassist Martin Nevin, and drummer Nathan Ellman-Bell).

Monday, Sept. 10 through Tuesday, Oct. 16
Exhibition Opening: “Samuel Henne’s ‘displacements’ ” 
Deutsches Haus at NYU presents “displacements,” an exhibition of works by Samuel Henne. Following an examination of the ancient Egyptian collection and archive at the Roemer-und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany, Henne began work on “displacements,” a series of works which raises questions about the production of images, the display of art in museums, and the colonial structures which brought these objects to Europe in the first place. Just as objects were displaced from Giza to Europe and from the historical museum into the art space, Henne’s “displacements” depict the transformation of sculpture into an image.

Henne’s “displacements,” shown for the first time in the U.S., is presented with the support of the German Consulate General New York.

Friday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.
“On Reality: A Conversation Between Tom Kummer and Philipp Theisohn”
Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Consulate General of Switzerland New York present “On Reality: A Conversation between Tom Kummer and Philipp Theisohn.”

Terms such as “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” currently dominate the public discourse around the relationship between word and reality. Today, however, it has almost been forgotten that even in journalism fiction has been used as an instrument to describe reality as adequately as possible. Tom Kummer, who gained fame not least from his fabricated interviews with Hollywood stars, was in the German speaking world one of the main representatives of “New Journalism.” Kummer will read from his latest novel Nina and Tom and together with literary theorist Philipp Theisohn will discuss topics such as the relation between reality and truth, the necessity of journalistic invention, and the moral basis of the current debate in Europe and America over what constitutes reality. The conversation will be moderated by Marcel Schmid.

“On Reality: A Conversation between Tom Kummer and Philipp Theisohn” is a DAAD-supported event. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of Switzerland New York.

Monday, Sept. 17 at 6:00 p.m.
“Spoken Beats - Jurczok 1001”
Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Consulate General of Switzerland New York present a spoken word performance by Jurczok 1001 and the book launch of Spoken Beats (Edition Patrick Frey, 2018). The performance will be followed by a conversation between the artist Roland Jurczok and Robert Cohen, professor emeritus of German Studies at NYU.

Spoken Beats is Jurczok’s term for the way he presents his vision of stage poetry: Jurczok produces a virtuoso mix of spoken word, vocals, and live looping – and he does it with soul, quirky humor, and infectious charm. Jurczok stretches his words out into a silky sound, intones them rhythmically almost like a human beatbox, raps them, loops them, and accompanies them with polyphonic song. The performance will take place in English, German, and Swiss-German dialect.

“Spoken Beats - Jurczok 1001” is a DAAD-supported event. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of Switzerland New York.

Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:00 p.m.
“The Extreme Gone Mainstream? Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany and the U.S.”
Deutsches Haus at NYU and the University of Cologne’s New York Office present a talk by Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of education and sociology at American University in Washington, DC, and former fellow of the Morphomata International Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Cologne, about her recent book The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far-Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2018). The talk will be followed by a conversation between Miller-Idriss and Hanjo Berressem, professor of American literature and culture at the University of Cologne and DAAD Visiting Scholar at Deutsches Haus at NYU in September and October. 

The past decade has witnessed a steady increase in far-right politics, social movements, and extremist violence in Europe. Scholars and policymakers have struggled to understand the causes and dynamics that have made the far right so appealing to so many people—in other words, that have made the extreme more mainstream. In this book, Cynthia Miller-Idriss examines how extremist ideologies have entered mainstream German culture through commercialized products and clothing laced with extremist, anti-Semitic, racist, and nationalist coded symbols and references.

“The Extreme Gone Mainstream? Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany and the U.S.” is a DAAD-supported event. Additional support provided by the Consulate General of Germany in New York.

Monday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
“Westworld’s Shakespeare: A Case for Serial Reading”
The Department of German at NYU and Deutsches Haus at NYU present a talk by Professor Elisabeth Bronfen, who will speak on “Westworld’s Shakespeare: A Case for Serial Reading.” Westworld, a postmodern splice between artificial intelligence fantasy and the classic Western, quotes no text more often than Shakespeare’s plays. This lecture explores how the serial return of these citations reflects on the seriality of this prestige television show, itself conceived as a complex narrative loop. At the same time, this lecture looks at how rereading Shakespeare’s plays through the lens of this subsequent recycling might change our understanding of these plays.

“Westworld’s Shakespeare: A Case for Serial Reading” is a DAAD-supported event.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive 10 minutes prior to the event.

Please call 212.998.8660 for more information. Subways: R, W (8th St.); 6 (Astor Pl.)

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