Seattle Design Festival @ Goethe Pop Up Seattle: City Life Balance

Survey on the quality of living in Seattle at the Capitol Hill Design Crawl

Join Goethe Pop Up during the Capitol Hill Design Crawl at the Seattle Design Festival and explore how urbanism, architecture, and design can advance justice, ecology, and community. This year’s theme, Balance, asks, for example: How can design thinking foster a society that balances the needs of all its people and the planet?

At the Goethe Pop Up, and in collaboration with German architect Kira Jungfleisch, we take the questions further to investigate city life more closely. How livable is our city? What factors determine the quality of city life? And what keeps it all in balance? At this year’s Capitol Hill Design Crawl, we want to hear from you. Globally, Vienna tops the ranking of the annual Mercer Quality of Living Report, closely followed by Zurich, the runner-up, and Munich (No. 3), Düsseldorf (No. 6) and Frankfurt (No. 7). Seattle only made No. 46 of most livable cities. How do you feel about Seattle’s city life balance?

While we certainly want to hear your thoughts on four designated topics – traffic, nature, housing, and society – we also invite participants to physically express their opinion (through yoga poses or handstands, for example). We capture these embodied expressions on camera in our photo booth and add them to a photo exhibition that visualizes a citizen-based opinion barometer about the quality of living in Seattle.

All participants enter our giveaway for a chance to win two tickets to the show “A Duet Evening” by German-American dance company FLOCK who will perform on the same day at 7:30pm at Velocity Dance Center in Capitol Hill

A Duet Evening with FLOCK

Goethe Pop Up Seattle invites you to the premiere of „A Duet Evening,” featuring two duets choreographed and danced by FLOCK, a German-American dance company founded by Alice Klock and Florian Lochner in 2017.

FLOCK’s “Duet Evening” explores honest communication, stronger connections, and a healthy connection with the natural world. At its root, the entire evening is about listening, collaboration, and the belief that one can build new and beautiful things when working together.
The show runs 50 minutes and includes one intermission. A Q&A follows the dance performance to enable the audience to dig deeper into the work and to ask any question about the pieces and FLOCK.


FLOCK is a co-choreography company founded in 2017 by Florian Lochner and Alice Klock.

Alice Klock was trained at numerous ballet company schools, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Alonzo King’s Lines BFA program. Florian Lochner trained at Ballettschule Malsam in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, where he was the recipient of the Birgit Keil Dance Foundation scholarship. As FLOCK, they create and perform their own work, teach as a team, create new works at schools and companies, and produce their own shows in the US and abroad with international dance artists to offer their audiences a wide variety of dance styles.

Film Screening: Emerging Artists Vol. 4

Contemporary Experimental Films and Video Art from Germany

Short films must be seen!
Goethe Pop Up Seattle is excited to partner with Northwest Film Forum Seattle (NWFF) for two screenings of a short film series of experimental work by young and upcoming artists, presented in its fourth year by AG Kurzfilm and German Films.
Screenings on both August 30 and 31 at 8:30pm!
In January 2019, the program publicly premiered during the 32nd Stuttgart Filmwinter. The 4th edition’s jury consisted of Sarah Adam (A WALL IS A SCREEN, European Film Festival dokumentART), Marie-Thérèse Antony (DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film), Carsten Aschmann (filmmaker and representative of Film- und Medienbüro Niedersachsen) und Alice Kögel (curator, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart).

The current edition includes the following short films:

THE DIVINE WAY (2018) by Ilaria Di Carlo
BEYOND BEACH (2018) by Clara Winter and Miguel Ferráez
UMBRA (2019) by Florian Fischer and Johannes Krell
THREE CASUALTIES (2018) by Jens Pecho
FOSFENO (2018) by David Gómez Alzate
EINE KNEIPE AUF MALLE (A Bar on Majorca, 2017) by Marian Mayland

While some of the shorts deal with optical phenomena, others explore boundaries and question hierarchies. Together, these daring works display the creative potential of the cinematic short form.


Community Perceptions of Homelessness

Join internationally renowned artist and sculptor Trimpin and PATH WITH ART artists for an evening of poetry, visual art, and music. Together, they explore their collaborative work Hear & Now, currently on display at the Goethe Pop Up Space in Capitol Hill. This sound sculpture — mobile, tumultuous, kinetic – speaks to the immediacy of the homelessness crisis in Seattle. Those experiencing homelessness often report feeling unseen, unheard. The sculpture screams to be seen and heard, pulls focus, demands your attention. The artists creatively convey the experience of living without a place to call home, with the intention of building empathy across social and cultural boundaries. Hear & Now is thus a metaphor for being in constant transition and attempts to translate the chaos of living in homelessness.

Attendance is free, but space is limited so we kindly ask everyone to register in advance via Eventbrite.

The event is co-presented with PATH WITH ART.

Capitol Hill Art Walk: Anna Mlasowsky’s “When you see me, cry”

Reception and Artist Talk at the Capitol Hill Art Walk: Join Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Anna Mlasowsky for the opening of her exhibition “When you see me, cry”

In her exhibition “When you see me, cry”, artist Anna Mlasowsky’s floor-based installation at the Goethe Pop Up Seattle showcases glass, found objects, and video, and investigates the textures and associations of water and drought.

Mlasowsky joins us at the Capitol Hill Art Walk for the exhibition opening and an artist talk at 7 pm on her glass work and its unique material characteristics, such as transparency, reflection, and fluidity. Light refreshments provided.

Seattle Design Festival

The Seattle Design Festival is a program of Design in Public, a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization that promotes the role of design in improving our city.  Design in Public is a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, founded in 2011 to unleash the design thinker in everyone to illuminate Seattle’s challenges and ignite action.

The ninth annual Seattle Design Festival features citywide tours, exhibits, outdoor installations, activities, neighborhood design crawls and more from August 16 -25. Our 2019 theme explores how we achieve the BALANCE that is needed for our earth, our communities and our families. 

Roq La Rue — now Capitol Hill’s home to pop surrealism — celebrates 21 years of Seattle art

By Tim Kukes

One of the few remaining dedicated art galleries on Capitol Hill is celebrating its 21st birthday but its two decades of art and creation mostly took place far from Pike/Pine. It started with a question.

“Someone asked me, ‘If you could do anything for a living what would you do?’ Kirsten Anderson, owner of E Pike’s Roq La Rue, said.  “I just said, ‘open a gallery,’ which is not anything I’d ever thought of before. Just came out of my mouth.”

The gallery started in a little space on 2nd and Lenora in 1998, which was being lent out as business incubator until the building could be developed in six months.  After that Roq La Rue moved to a space between the Lava Lounge and Shorty’s, and then later to a larger location next to the Rendezvous, according to Larry Reid, manager at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery in Georgetown, who happened to be an early mentor of Anderson’s.

“Kirsten quickly established herself as a pivotal figure in the emerging Lowbrow/Pop Surrealist movement based on the West Coast, but [it was] soon to become a global phenomenon,” Reid said.  “Locally, she filled a void that had been largely absent from the local art scene.”

Anderson is credited with coining the term “pop surrealism” in the book, “Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art”, which she wrote in 2004.  Kristen described pop surrealism as using pop culture iconography as archetypal imagery to tell classic stories or fetishizing subcultural nostalgia.

“You can call it the bastard stepchild of Andy Warhol, basically,” Anderson said. Continue reading

Visual Arts Workshop: Where We Stand

How does life begin to change when we get involved with one another? Join Seattle artist Romson Bustillo for his beautiful exploration of togetherness and social change in “Proximity Modifier Project IV,” a community project uniquely designed for select SPL library branches. Bustillo’s art looks at how neighbors and organizations, like libraries, share space together.

Drop by to make art with Romson and to find out how libraries can be places where we get to know one another by getting creative!

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Materials and snacks provided.

Exhibition Opening: No More Room at the Inn

Reception and Artist Talk at the Capitol Hill Art Walk

In his exhibition “No More Room at the Inn,” Nicholas Strobelt addresses Seattle’s rapidly changing and exclusionary landscape. The work acts as a means to highlight the symptomatic existence of spatial exclusivity and its contribution to a growing epidemic of housing shortage in Seattle and beyond.

Strobelt will join us at the Capitol Hill Art Walk for the opening of his exhibition and an artist talk at 7pm on his recent work. Light refreshments will be provided.

Nicholas Strobelt was born 1992 in Hamburg, Germany. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photomedia from the University of Washington. He recently completed an artist residency at Pehu in Osaka where he led coin balancing workshops.

Seattle arts venue nomad Love City Love making new home below 12th Ave

Love City Love’s new home below Stumptown (Image: Love City Love)

Love City Love’s fantastic journey of art and community across Seattle will bring the venue to yet another new Capitol Hill home.

With its move was marked by the disappearance of its neon sign that used to light up the former American Artificial Limb Co. space on E Pike, the nonprofit has created a new event space and art gallery under Stumptown Coffee on 12th Ave. At its new location, Love City Love will continue to house a variety of creative endeavors.

“Love City Love is an all inclusive art and culture hub. It is designed to bring all people together, connect, inspire, activate, and push cultural criticism of the status quo,” said founder Lucien Pellegrin who spoke to CHS as a representative of the collective. “Love City Love supports individuals who continue the conversation of how to re define culture, what do about our new found technology crisis, and how to create more spaces fostering human interaction and authentic connection.” Continue reading