How can one describe a visit to Seoul in such a way that one has the feeling of being right there? Which narrative perspectives should be chosen? The book “What Should I Say About Seoul” by KISDauthors Omid Fröhlich, David Wiesner and Youjin Kim deals with these questions. It will be presented for the first time in Cologne on February 10.


“What Should I Say—About Seoul” takes the reader on a path less traveled: The work and daily-life of Korean designers but not just as a spectator. The book gives a glimpse into South Korean society that is not so common after all: Some of the insights into the Seoul work experience appear grim at places, coloured by the ongoing pandemic that forced people to cut down on social interactions.

The experiences of Korean-German designers are also included in the book and as a result, one could see that there is really no reason to think of Germany as a country that “has it all figured out.” The modern workplace can be a very mixed bag at times and bad working conditions plague the creative industry worldwide. Speaking about these experiences allows us to feel less isolated and work towards change—so it is not all doom and gloom.

The publication is part of a multi-media exhibition with partlially unpublished material and exciting insights of the authors taking place at Noplace, Cologne (DE). Join us at the opening! Next to the additional insight on the interviewees the exhibition also gives you the chance to get to know the writers of the book. The book can also be purchased at the event.

Noplace , Follerstr. 82, 50676 Köln, Deutschland

Opening times
10. Februar 2023, 16:00 – 01:00
11. Februar 2023, 13:00 – 21:00

“What Should I say – about Seoul?”

Editorial & Art Direction
Omid Fröhlich
Youjin Kim
David Wiesner

Omid Fröhlich

Layout & Editorial Office
David Wiesner

Prof. Iris Utikal

Slanted Verlag

Publishing Management
Lars Harmsen, Julia Kahl

16,5 × 23,7 cm, 192 pages, English, Softcover, Thread stitching, colour throughout,
ISBN: 978-3-948440-45-9, 16,00 €


Date 10. February 2023 - 11. February 2023

Time 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm