INDUSTRIAL GHOST STORIES – Abner Preis

  • 15th June 19:00 and 22:00
  • 22nd June 19:00 and 22:00
  • 29th June 19:00 and 22:00
  • Opening with A Taxi Happening Saturday 8th of June 19:00 at King Georg Kiosk, Sudermanplatz, Cologne
Traces, Abner Preis 2019

Join the artist for a field
trip full of magic and emotion, a taxi ride where ghost stories come alive on
the ruins of Cologne’s famous car industry. The streets become a theatre, the
abandoned warehouse becomes a life line, run-down factories bustle with
movement and sound, ghosts fly in the air… The desire for adventure, the
excitement of discovery, the magic of make-believe. Abner Preis guides you
alongside empty fabric halls, condominium construction sites in gentrified
areas, decayed car parks and old-school car-wash installations.

Industrial Ghost Stories taxis drive exclusively on Saturday nights, taking groups of max. 7 persons. Expect analogue interventions sparkled by artistic DIY interpretations of digitalised stories picked up from Mülheim residents.

Since its beginnings, the automobile has been a symbol of freedom, creating space for individuality and independence. To this day, it serves as an object of self-identification and self-representation. In Cologne, the car industry has a long tradition. On the right side of the Rhine in the Deutz district, the world’s first motorcycle factory opened in 1864 – the Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz AG. In 1876, the first coal gas engine machine with 3 hp and 180 rotations per minute was made. Six years later, the first diesel was introduced. During a working visit to Cologne-Mülheim, in the cradle of the Westphalia car industry, Abner Preis felt a strange sensation: it seemed to him that this district, which is now radically being redeveloped, was “housing many haunted stories.” Here, Germany’s industrial history was written at the end of the 18th century. Here, about 33,000 people were once manufacturing motors, machines and industrial equipment. Today more and more creative hotspots evolve whit artists, musicians, the Game Lab Cologne, the International Filmschool, designers, Schauspiel Cologne and craftspeople transforming the area into a creative hub.

The Great Abnerio

“No one has just one story, the walls have stories, the architecture, the food, the streets signs, the people make up and change the story infinite amounts of times. Its never ending, in fact, its tiring. I will be the ghost writer, in Cologne.”