Guided group tours, storytelling and augmented reality

• 08​ – 29​ 06​ 2019 •
Industrial Ghost Stories NOORDKAAP TAXI


With ABNER PREIS


SA 8 6 19:00 & 21:30
15 + 22 + 29 6 2019 19:00 & 22:00

Venue: King Georg Büdchen, Sudermanstraße 2, 50670 Köln
Free admission

Online registration under NOORDKAAP TAXI


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 are evolving here, transforming the area radically.


Abner Preis focuses on public performances and mixed-media with traditional storytelling as the central aspect. Preis received his Master’s degree from the Dutch Art Institute in 2014. He exhibited and performed in numerous institutions, i.a. Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dordtmund, TAAK Amsterdam, Museum Folkwang Essen, The Player Rotterdam, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Human Cities Festival Istanbul and Tetem Enschede.

Foundation Noordkaap (2004) Dordrecht/ Cologne Noordkaap is a nomadic art platform operating in the regular channels of the art world and in disruptive locations in the urban environment. Noordkaap develops cutting-edge productions and long term programmes that critically tackle topical issues in politics and society. It blends diverse audiences with easily accessible, as well as with complex art forms connecting to the here and now.

Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Creative Industries Fund NL and TÜV Rheinland Stiftung