Thinking Out Loud

6 Oct 2016

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£16, £8 concessions and alumni

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The Royal Institution

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • There are numerous bus stops along Piccadilly which runs along the entrance to Albemarle Street. Bus numbers: 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38
  • The closest tube station to the Royal Institution is Green Park on the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. The Royal Institution is a five minute walk from the station. Also within a ten minute walking distance is Piccadilly Circus tube station, on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, or Oxford Circus tube station on the Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines.
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The thoughts of Laura Owens, Albert Oehlen and Andreas Reiter Raabe interpreted by dancer Louis McMiller.


We invite you to an unconventional encounter with three artists and a dancer; an opportunity to meet great artists and watch them while they are thinking.

The Protagonist, artist Andreas Reiter Raabe, aims to create a situation that is relaxing for the artists and the observer, an atmosphere of free thoughts:

“Sometimes a good question is as important as a good answer, and famous artists sometimes need a mediator, an intermediary, a challenger, or if you like, a new form of moderator. I think artists have similar problems on all levels so they could be able to talk to each other. I’m not hierarchical, so I don’t really care about the important or not important, the ranking between artists. The idea is to get two people together and respond to their approach, also to involve the audience in a strange way in the process – you become part of a dynamic while you are supposed to be quiet, concentrate and listen. I like the expanding idea, of a different sense of being involved. In 2010 I invited Franz West and Sarah Lucas to talk for the RA Schools, with interpretation by musician Phillip Quehenberger. Musicians channel the so-called direct emotion - something artists always come up against. Now I am inviting a dancer to interpret our talk. I never understood modern dance, but to partly quote Joseph Beuys, maybe we have to think with the knee to get somewhere. Anyway there is a lot left for accident – it’s almost driven by chance.” - Andreas Reiter Raabe

Laura Owens (b. 1970, USA) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her influential work questions the parameters and possibilities for making and viewing a painting today. She has continually shifted the terms of her practice, incorporating figuration, abstraction, digital techniques and gestural mark-making into compositions that confound expectations of pictorial space.

Albert Oehlen (b. 1954, Germany) lives in Switzerland and his exhibitions this year include the Gagosian Gallery in London, Kunstverein Reutlingen (with Georg Baselitz), and a major show at Cleveland Museum of Art. Oehlen was professor of painting at Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf from 2000-2009.

RA Schools Public Programme supported by the David Lean Foundation

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Albert Oehlen

Laura Owens

Andreas Reiter Raabe

Louis McMiller

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