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.
A research network dedicated to the study of global pop cultures from a transcultural perspective celebrated its kick-off with a conference in Kyoto.
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.
Join the live stream on: hacking-greta.com
HACKING GLOBAL POP ICONS 2021
Summer School - Billie (un)told (Secret Vernissage)
Call for Papers for the 1st issue of the upcoming Journal of Global Pop Cultures
An online lecture series on Global Pop Cultures.
Shared Campus is launching its first 2-day global pop cultures festival in Zurich. All events are open to public and free of charge. Here you can find the full programme.
Ever exhibited your artwork in an erotic cinema? Here are some impressions of the Hacking Global Pop Icons summer school 2019.
Up-date: Applications are open. We are very pleased to announce that we will be offering two of the originally announced summer schools online: “Ghost in Walls”and “Hacking Global Pop Icons.”
Call for Applications – Summer Schools 2021
Application deadline: 18 May 2021
The first section of the online lecture series "Self-Imaging: Identity, Disruption, Transformation" is curated by Judith Mair.
Q&A with Irena Srdanovic
Q&A with Chinouk Filique
Q&A with Francis Müller
Q&A with Claudia Rafael
Q&A with Laura Haensler
Q&A with Ito Yu and Yoo Sookyung
Q&A with Larissa Holaschke
Q&A with Judith Mair
The second section of the online lecture series "Self-Imaging: Identity, Disruption, Transformation" is curated by Richard Reynolds.
Interview with Professor Kelly Snook
Illustrated talk with Q&A with Professor Manos Tsakiris
Online talk and discussion with Professor Dr Jill Scott
The third section of the online lecture series "Self-Imaging: Identity, Disruption, Transformation" is curated by Daniel Späti.
Performances by and Q&A with Betty Apple
Q&A with Björn Beneditz
Q&A with Tobi Müller
Q&A with Jorinde Schulz
Q&A with David Henry Brown Jr.
Q&A with Yae Akaiwa & Kensuke Sembo
The fourth section of the online lecture series "Self-Imaging: Identity, Disruption, Transformation" is curated by Jörg Scheller.
Q&A with Richard Reynolds
Q&A with Joseph Imorde
Q&A with Morihiro Satow
Q&A with Annekathrin Kohout
Q&A with Jörg Scheller
Q&A with Rada Leu
Q&A with UCNV
The fifth section of the online lecture series "Self-Imaging: Identity, Disruption, Transformation" is curated by Masahiro Yasuda and Takuro Mizuta Lippit.
Video presentation by "The Formant Brothers" (Masahiro Miwa and Nobuyasu Sakonda)
Online Workshop proposed by Wataru Asada
Video Presentation and Q & A with Ken Ueno & Takuro Mizuta Lippit
Video Presentation by Sheryl Cheung
The sixth section of the online lecture series "Self-Imaging: Identity, Disruption, Transformation" is curated by Joseph Imorde and Jörg Scheller.
Essay by Mohomodou Houssouba
Video Essay by David Ritter
Interview with Ayishat Akanbi by Raphael Smarzoch
Video Essay by Maren Lickhardt
Video Essay by Philipp Goll
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, Department of Performing Arts and Film (ZHdK)
Prof. Dr Florian HEESCH
Professor, Popular Music and Gender Studies, Department of Art and Music, Faculty II (Education, Architecture, Arts) | Vice Dean, International Affairs, Transfer and Young Academics | Research Unit "Popular Cultures", University of Siegen
Dr Annekathrin KOHOUT
Author, Scientific Associate, Popular Culture, Social Media Culture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Siegen
Lecturer, Faculty of Popular Culture (SEIKA)
Lecturer, MA Design/Trends, Department of Design (ZHdK)
Dr Takuro MIZUTA LIPPIT
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)
Head of Pop Department (AHK)
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)
Lecturer, Contextual and Theoretical Studies, Interaction Design and Visual Communication Programme, Design School, London College of Communication (UAL)
Chair, Shared Campus Project Team (ZHdK)
Prof. Dr Daniel STEIN
Dean, US American (Graphic) Literature and (Popular) Culture, English Department, Faculty I (Faculty of Arts and Humanities), Professor, University of Siegen
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)