Salon Reg Carremans

10 Jul 2015
Bühringstraße 20, 13086 Berlin, Germany

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Correspondence #1

Salon took place on 10 July 2015, 2-5 PM at Kunsthochschule Weißensee, organise by AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz and Kunsthochschule Weißensee.
The salon was a combination of activities of which the drawing part was one.
A.W. Browne was the main founder of London Art College, a distance learning institution, in 1931. One of his books (though possibly not part of the correspondence course) is How to Draw Animals and Birds of which we use a wartime reprint in the workshop.

I inquired about historical correspondence art courses at London Art College but as ownership has changed several times since it was established, current owners never had the original courses.

When first discussing this event we talked about using stuffed animals from KH Weißensee’s depot. When this wasn’t going to happen, we happily kept the original envelope content, as it created the sought after discrepancy between the course content and the context.
The envelopes also contained some follow-up questions that people could use to evaluate their experience.

The other activities could be seen as the ‘interventions’ aspect of the workshop. They were a Malerweg performance (I was wearing the shop I used for it), a guided tour of the building followed by a talk by Hanna Hennenkemper on the planned skills colloquium at the college. We finished with a discussion on the topic of art education and skills.

Sketchbooks and pencils were kindly provided by ABA.