Pop culture is a driving force in art, aesthetics, and culture at large. It is a sphere where politics, identities, and social questions are negotiated. Rather than denoting only the culture for and of the masses, it is characterized by the dialectical interplay between mainstream and subculture, their respective milieus and markets. Today, pop is no longer only a DIY culture of amateurs, but has become academic, oscillating between educational institutions, mainstream entertainment, counterculture(s), the fine arts, and various mixed forms. Hence, by being thoroughly globalised and hybrid, pop exists only in plural. Against this backdrop, this theme group explores pop cultures in theory and practice, in teaching and research, in Europe and in Asia. Due to their variability, plasticity, and connectivity, pop cultures are particularly suited for bringing various disciplines and degree programs together.
Two working groups are establishing continually running education formats for this theme. In 2019, they initiated both a summer school and a research network with a view to creating long-term collaborations:
The working group Pop Cultures Research is establishing a permanent research network. Its aim is to discuss the globalisation of pop cultures from a transcultural perspective, considering commonalities as well as spatial and historical idiosyncrasies. Unique about this network is that it’s made up of mainly art universities and focused on artistic research. A peer-reviewed online journal is planned.
The working group Pop Cultures Summer School has developed a cross-departmental and cross-university summer programme focusing on pop culture(s) in Europe and Asia. This programme is of interest for students seeking to deepen their knowledge of pop in global contexts. The programme fosters understanding of the site- and time-specific coding of globally circulating mainstream and underground forms of culture.
We invite you to join the online show on Friday July 3, 2020, 13:00 – 14:30 UK Time, 14:00 - 15:30 CH/CET, 20:00 – 21:30 HK/SG Time.
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Ever exhibited your artwork in an erotic cinema? Here are some impressions of the Hacking Global Pop Icons summer school 2019.
A research network dedicated to the study of global pop cultures from a transcultural perspective celebrated its kick-off with a conference in Kyoto.
Dr Jamie BRASSETT
Reader, Philosophy, Design and Innovation, Research | Senior Research Fellow, Ontologies of Social Design, Social Design Institute, Central Saint Martins College (UAL) | Visiting Professor, Integrated Design, Department of Design, Dessau, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Lecturer, MA Art Education, Cultural Publishing, Department of Cultural Analysis (ZHdK)
Lecturer, Department of Music (ZHdK)
Dr Yiu Fai CHOW
Associate Professor, Gender and sexuality, Creative Practices and Cultural Studies, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts (HKBU)
Lecturer, BA Film, Performing Arts and Film Department (ZHdK)
Prof. Dr Joseph IMORDE
Professor, Art History, University of Siegen
Lecturer, Faculty of Popular Culture (SEIKA)
Lecturer, MA Design/Trends, Department of Design (ZHdK)
Co-Director, Asian Music Network, Tokyo
Dr François MOUILLOT
Research Assistant Professor, Media studies, Popular culture, Improvisation studies, Creative industries, Identity politics, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts | Research Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Faculty of Arts (HKBU)
Assistant Professor, Media Art, Experience Design, Social Innovation, Sustainable Design | Coordinator, Crafts and Design Division, Academy of Visual Arts (HKBU)
Dr Yau-Nang William NG
Associate Professor, Chinese Philosophy and Religion, Comparative Philosophy, Buddhism, Ethics, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Faculty of Arts (HKBU)
Course Leader, MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries, Central Saint Martins College (UAL)
Prof. Dr Joerg SCHELLER
Professor, BA Fine Arts, MA Fine Arts, Department Fine Arts (ZHdK) (TG coordinator)
Chair, Shared Campus Project Team (ZHdK)
Associate Professor, Faculty of Manga (SEIKA)
Assistant Professor, Comics, Illustrations | Course Coordinator of Associate in Arts (Visual Arts), Academy of Visual Arts (HKBU)
Prof. Dr Masahiro YASUDA
Dean, Faculty of Popular Culture | Professor (SEIKA) (TG coordinator)