Saturday 29.8.2020
Beginning: 16.00

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In connection with the exhibition Disturbance: witch in the Center for Contemporary Art, we invite you to the Word Café on August 29th, 2020:

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Book presentation “Sex und so” by
Lydia Meyer (Ullstein Verlag)

5.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Insights into the magazine: “Das Jungfernhäutchen gibt es nicht” (“There is no hymen”) by Oliwia Hältlein (Maro Verlag)

6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Workshop to sensitize and reflect on our language habits regarding sexuality and the body (Oliwia Hältlein & Sophie Wohlgemuth)

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Discussion and exchange (Sophie Wohlgemuth)

/ In cooperation with the women’s and gender equality officer, Juliane Fischer-Rosendahl


Ill .: Book: “Sex und so” by Lydia Meyer, Ullstein Verlag as well as book: The “Hymen do not exist” by Oliwia Hältlein, Illustration: Aisha Franz, Publisher: MaroVerlag


“Sex und so” by Lydia Meyer

Discovering your own sexuality is one of the greatest challenges in life. But those who grow up today are dealing with unattainable ideals and false perfection. Am I too fat am I too shy too prudish? Too late? What is a real man and how do I finally get rid of this heartache? In this book, adolescents and young adults find easy access to complex topics such as sex, gender, social norms and self-love and gain insight into the stories of people who have dared to go their own way. An important book that provides orientation and encourages you to live exactly as you feel – and not as others expect.
(Source: Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH)

The “hymen” and other (linguistic) fuckups

Between physical education, shared kitchen, advertising, YouTube video and porn: we encounter the fairy tale of the so-called “hymen” everywhere. In the performative workshop Das “Hyfernhäutchen” and other (linguistic) fuckups we build a walkable giant vulva, fill (linguistic) gaps with mucous membrane and try to think intersectionally about the fake news about the “hymen”. What does knowledge of the body have to do with self-determination, sex and power? What influence does language have on cultural values ​​and constraints? What does the “hymen” myth reveal about our society? And what’s that to do with me?

Oliwia Hältlein is a cultural scientist and dramaturge and works in text and performance at the interface between feminism and art. She wrote the booklet “The hymen does not exist”, just published by MaroVerlag. She organizes workshops and action weeks on sexual education, feminism and pornography and is co-founder of the Freiburg action week “Enlightened ?! We take it into our own hands!”
Together with Sophie Wohlgemuth, she launched the digital art project DEEP.

Sophie Wohlgemuth works as a publisher, editor, translator and coach to convey gender and diversity issues. As a librarian and trained singer she finds access to language, art and performance and is enthusiastic about experimental exercises that create connections (“We take off our socks and rub our feet with mustard …”). She has organized events in Europe and Asia in a variety of projects at the TU Berlin and, as a transdisciplinary chameleon, sees herself as a transdisciplinary chameleon that brings together different people for a common issue.

Lydia Meyer, born in 1989, lives as an author, editor and concept developer in Berlin. Before that, she studied cultural studies and social and economic communication in Leipzig and Berlin and worked as an author, editor and format developer for KOOPERATIVE BERLIN. There she designed and supervised, among other things the YouTube series “Auf Klo” and the queer feminist format “Softie” in cooperation with Missy Magazine for funk. (Source: Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH)