The PopUp Tour Ends with a Bang

October 13, 2019

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All good things must come to an end – even the PopUp Tour! Today was the final day of the PopUp Tour in Portland, the last stop of this year’s cross country tour. We ended the tour with some of our favorite events, from Discover Bauhaus to Science Slams and performances by Circus Mojo!

Saturday’s program began with the ever-popular Discover Design – Discover Bauhaus Workshop in the PopUp Tour tent. Bauhaus turns 100 this year, and the German Design Museum Foundation is celebrating with this exciting workshop that provides the opportunity to acquire new knowledge about this shared German-American cultural moment in a practical fashion.

Trained designer Jan Schulz led the workshop, which begins with a theoretical section that educates participants on the history of Bauhaus as an evolutionary movement, including its leading figures, important projects, and key ideas. With theory out of the way, the workshop moves to a practical section that allows participants to get creative and produce their own Bauhaus-inspired designs out of simple materials. This fun workshop has already given 15,000 children and adolescents the chance to discover the world of design!






The fun and learning continued with another Science Slam under the tent by Policult. Much like yesterday’s Kids Science Slam, adult scientists faced off in a humorous competition where two German and two American scientists present their scientific research in a way that engages the audience. Today’s competition focused on the future and urban spaces with the theme “Our City 2040.” This special edition was hosted by BMW, who gave the lucky winner a free trip to Munich to visit the BMW headquarters!

This week’s events would not have been nearly as fun without Circus Mojo, whose roaming artists filled the plaza with whimsy all week long! The Kentucky-based circus has been involved in the international circus community for over 15 years and participates in exchanges that bring German circus performers to the US each year. Today, they capped off a week of performances in the plaza with a set of workshops designed to teach participants basic skills and help them learn more about what it means to be in the circus!






After having a blast on the plaza, the fun moved back under the tent for more exciting sessions by re:publica as the Sequencer Tour continued. Today’s topics included a discussion titled “Learning From Another: A Flow Conversation on Sustainability,” a talk on causality and climate change called “I See Something You Don’t See,” and a workshop discussing “The Cube: A Tale of an AI-Ruled State.”

That night, the PopUp tour wrapped up with an evening of sound and music with a sound sculpture created by Mutek and a sound and music installation under the tent hosted by a German DJ!

The PopUp Tour may be over, but there’s still a lot more Wunderbar Together happening before the end of the year! Visit the PopUp Tour website to look back on the tour’s events and check out the Wunderbar Together events page to see what events are coming up next!

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