Recommended by Helmig Bergerhausen
Together with designers and authors who have worked with us on this year’s issues, we have collected a few recommendations for all those who do not have any plans for the week between Christmas and New Year yet, or those who are looking for inspiration for 2018.
Johannes Bergerhausen studied visual communications at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. From 1993 to 2000, he worked in Paris, first for Grapus founders Gérard Paris-Clavel and Pierre Bernard, then freelance for various clients and unemployment initiatives. He was appointed professor of typography and book design at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences in 2002. He recently wrote in form 271 about the origins and meaning of international warning signs. He lives and works with his wife, Ilka Helmig, in Cologne.
Both recommend the following when visiting the city:
1. Just a few steps away from the mainstream shopping areas of Hohe Straße and Schildergasse is Britney, a little gem where you can luxuriously while away some time in the Schauspiel Köln. Even if nothing is being performed, the bar is a wonderful place where readings and small events take place.
2. A few doors along from the well-known o.k.-Versand and right next to the little Petersburger gallery on Gladbacher Straße is the “Veedels-Kneipe” or local pub called the “Weißer Holunder”, a real institution with a 1950’s vibe, lots of live music, and regular singing evenings. There’s no mistaking the sound when the folk at the Holunder are in full voice. Every first Wednesday of the month, there is a “singles” evening. Everyone brings their own vinyl records and plays them to the other guests.
3. Right next to Bittner, our favourite bookshop, is the Zero Fold, a wonderfully tiny project and exhibition space run by Birgit Laskowski in Albertusstraße. The „Provinzeditionen“ from Bochum are on show until 30 December 2017.
4. Also close by in Palmstraße, is Stefan Schuelke Fine Books, an amazing antiquarian bookshop with carefully selected treasures on art and design. Small exhibitions are held there from time to time, such as „Tamara Lorenz. Factual“, which runs until 13 January 2018.
5. Our list also includes the „dis/order“ exhibition on art and activism in Russia since 2000, on show in the Aachener Ludwig-Forum.
6. At the moment, we are listening to an album called „Psychopharmaka“ by the two Frenchmen Rodolphe Burger and Olivier Cadiot, who tackle a repertoire of German songs ranging from Schubert to Kraftwerk, and sing the German lyrics with an amusing accent.