Tomorrow Is Always Too Long | Film / 19:20 – 21:00

There aren’t many artists occupied as passionately with Pop culture as Phil Collins. Collins, who was already nominated for the renowned Turner Prize and exhibited in the Museum Ludwig in Cologne among other places, explored the impact of video and music in countries such as Great Britain, Iraq, Palestine, and Indonesia. At Pop-Kultur, he will show his film »Tomorrow is Always«, which was produced as a contract work of The Common Guild in Glasgow – supported by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow. Over the course of one year, Collins reworked interpretations of six songs by the musician Cate Le Bon into a cycle of life. Mogwai’s Barry Burns contributed the stirring soundtrack. Collins, who will also host a talk with Jon Savage during the festival, will be available for a Q&A after the screening.



Hendrik Otremba

Foto: Dirk Elsing

Hendrik Otremba / 21:40 – 22:20

If someone fills his lyrics with literary references in such a skillful way, not only works as a musician but as a painter and culture journalist, it becomes clear that this can not have been everything. There’s even more to him. Hendrik Otremba released two critically acclaimed records as singer and lyricist of the band Messer. On those albums, Otremba is hunting for the shadows of his soul and those of the human condition. He hunts them with the fires of poetry, descends into worlds of dreams and memories. Now, Otremba publishes his debut novel »Über uns der Schaum (Above us the Foam)«. At Pop-Kultur he is going to read from the book for the first time, accompanied by the Noise musician Raune.


Attention: This lecture will be held in German.

Richard Hell

Richard Hell / 22:40 – 23:20

When he was 17 years old and completely broke, Richard Hell moved from Kentucky to New York. There, he became one of the protagonists of the just forming CBGB punk-scene and an icon of the »Blank Generation« – so the dead-on title of his legendary album. Hell was a founding member of the bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and, of course, Richard Hell & the Voidoids. In 1984 he retired from music to work as a journalist (for Spin, New York Times, and Esquire among others), before publishing his first novel »Go Now« in 1996, followed by »Godlike« and two collections of essays, journals, lyrics, and other nonfiction. Now Hell has sat down to recap his winding biography under the title »I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp«. Working on a new novel already, the never-sleeping has also recorded a musical tribute to his former collaborator, the late Robert Quinne. This evening will see Hell himself presenting various excerpts from his manifold body of work.

Website / Facebook



Ryan Mahan (Algiers) & Josh Hall / 21:40 – 22:20

“Horror and noise in the reproduction of colonialist silence”

Horror motifs have long served to externalise a series of ideological repressions immanent to the neoliberal project: white victimhood, ecological catastrophe, and the erosion of the nuclear family, to name a few. While these works occasionally, as with George A. Romero’s »… of the Dead« series or John Carpenter’s »They Live«, offer insightful critiques of everything from structural racism to consumer capitalism, horror also induces a silencing impulse on many of the fundamental horrors of our times: capitalism and neo-colonialism. In this talk, Ryan Mahan, bass player of mind-bending band Algiers, and journalist Josh Hall will explore these operations within the genres attendant musical expressions, and ask the question: Can you name the sound of dispossession? You better listen up!

Moderation: Josh Hall: Twitter

Matthew Herbert

Matthew Herbert / 22.40 – 23.20

He debated, played a DJ-Set, performed with his band and held an educative workshop: at last years »Pop-Kultur«, Matthew Herbert delivered a 360-degree service. With someone such as Herbert, the story never stops, though. That’s why he returns in 2016 – after DJing with records made of vegetables and sugar – with a new album. But, of course, the record doesn’t come in a regular form: »The Music« isn’t published on a recording medium but as a neuronal tone-induction. Herbert wrote the album as a book, from which he is going to recite in an absolute premiere. It’s the eminently stimulating story about a structure of singular sounds that you have to put together in your head.

Webseite / Youtube / Twitter


Fatima Al Qadiri

Juliana Huxtable

Fatima Al Qadiri & Juliana Huxtable / 18:30 – 19:10

“The gap between lyrical and instrumental music”

What is music in the absence of voices and lyrics? And what is it in their presence? Fatima Al Qadiri and Juliana Huxtable, both universal artists, have made different experiences on this field. Al Qadiri, a producer, DJ and fine artist, has been reflecting on religious islamic songs in her work, is part of musical group Future Brown, and has put – solely instrumental this time – the experiences of police brutality, state control, institutionalised racism into her latest album »Brute«. Huxtable, who is a poet, DJ, artist, event organiser, and model, among others, regularly brings her poetry to her DJ sets. For »Anthem«, this year’s Berlin Biennale soundtrack and for the first time ever, the two collaborated with each other. Now they sit down to bridge the gap between lyrical and instrumental music with this talk.

Fatima Al Qadiri: Website

Juliana Huxtable: Twitter

Grafi Fidi (Foto: Grafi Fidi), Kassandra Wessel (Foto: Nicolas Priso), Dr. Heike Raab, Enno Park (Foto: Doris Spiekermann-Klaas)

Freaks, Cyborgs, Prototypes / 19:20 – 20:00

“On Pop Culture and Disability”

People aren’t disabled. They are getting disabled. And at the latest since the athletic successes of Oscar Pistorius and Markus Rehm with their sports blades, disability is not just a question of care and minority politics any longer. Technology and stardom, laboratory and glamor, futurism and transhumanism – the perception of disabilities is becoming a pop cultural phenomenon. Pop musician Viktoria Modesta, her lower legs have been amputated, calls herself a Bionic Pop Artist. Her prosthetics are no unobtrusive walking aids, but glowing design pieces between art and high tech.

What results in disability becoming part of a futuristic Pop discourse? When people with disabilities are to be seen as Cyborgs or the Avantgarde of Human Enhancement? What kind of emancipatory potential is lying within this mode of representation? And to what extent is it clouding the reality, in which accessibility, participation, and true inclusion still have to be won?

Graf Fidi (MC): Website

Dr. Heike Raab: Sociologist / Disability Studies

Enno Park: Cyborg e. V.

Kassandra Wedel: Dancer (Website)

Attention: This talk will be held in German and also translated for the deaf.


Kathrin Weßling (Foto: Yelda Yilmaz), Tobias Bamborschke (Foto: Noel Richter), Andreas Müller (Foto: Radioeins)

Pop & Depression / 21:40 – 22:20

Depressions have fueled great Pop music – and in almost every case, they destroyed the befallen artist. Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Ian Curtis, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Mark Oliver Everett… The list of greats that could tell you a thing or two about it and did so in their songs, is long. The black dog tortured them but has also inspired them to write down grippingly haunting stories. Then again, how can one put the dog on a leash? How do we view the musician as a patient and what stories are we actually talking about? This is what Tobias Bamborschke, singer, and lyricist of Berlin rock proto-pop Isolation Berlin, and author and journalist Kathrin Weßling (»Drüberleben«, »Morgen ist es vorbei«) talk about with radio host and editor Andreas Müller (Deutschlandradio Kultur/ radioeins).

Tobias Bamborschke: Isolation Berlin

Kathrin Weßling: Website

Andreas Müller: Deutschlandradio Kultur / Radioeins

Attention: This talk will be held in German.

Colin Newman

Foto: Owen Richards

Ronald Lippok

Foto: Christoph Voy

Let’s talk about Kraut! / 22.40 – 23.20

A Talk with Colin Newman & Wyndham Wallace & Ronald Lippok

Noel Gallagher of Oasis-fame loves Neu!, Herbert Grönemeyer works with Gang of Four: ever since the rise of first krautrock, then post-punk and electronic music, and later post-rock the UK’s and Germany’s music scenes intensely interacted with each other. Ideas from each country got avidly seized, amplified, and thrown back. In times of the ongoing Brexit discussions two participants of the British-German music exchange meet on our stage: Colin Newman and Ronald Lippok. As lyricist, singer and enormously bold guitar player in Wire Newman helped establish the band as one of the most aesthetically consequent and exciting groups of the late ‘70s. Furthermore he’s a member of Immersion, among other projects. Together with his brother Robert and under the moniker Ornament & Verbrechen Lippok was part of Wall-time East Berlin’s avant-garde underground. Later the Lippoks co-founded the game-changing post-rock outfit to rococo rot. Last but not least, Lippok, who first met Newman in the 90ies, is also one half of Tarwater. The talk will be hosted by British journalist Wyndham Wallace. After running the UK office of City Slang Records for eight years, Wallace relocated to Berlin in 2004 and has since been working for The Quietus, the Guardian, and the BBC.

Colin Newman Webseite / Colin Newman Facebook

Wyndham Wallace Website

Ronald Lippok Galerie


John Roberts / 00:20 – 01:20

His album »Glass Eights« belongs to the core inventory of recent electronic music. After all, the eyes and ears of the esteemed listeners opened widely when US-American John Roberts debuted on the Hamburg-based label dial. To this day, Roberts mastered the art of coming up with airy dance floor fillers and acoustic mental cinema just like that. And since as such talented people often have more than one passion, he also issues the »first true post-tourism publication«, the Travel Almanac – always staffed with top-class writers and intelligently versed articles. Now, though, John Roberts is not returning from the desk, he’s coming right out of the studio, presenting his new album, accompanied by a series of short movies – inviting you to the cinema auditorium. Open up eyes and ears!