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Linked Objects | Hoogtij #63 | Nov 27

On Hoogtij #63 Friday, November 27th, we open with Linked Objects, a collection of 36 films made by 36 artists during quarantine. The works are a meditation on our interconnectedness in times of isolation and forceful separation. The project was initiated by the International Environmental Art Symposium and Nine Dragon Heads, during the covid outbreak. Screenings have been realized in Sarajevo (BiH) as part of the IV International Online Art Festival Grad 2020 – Moja kuća (My house); at Cheongju Museum of Art (KR); in Palace de SEOUL (KR); at the Espace Juraplatz, Biel, Switzerland (CH) and at Avalanche Art Space, Great Barrington, Ma (US) and at Artisterium, Tbilisi (GE). Linked Objects will be open as well on Saturday, Nov 28th.

Linked Objects at Juraplatz, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Ali Bramwell (NZ), Alois Schild (AT), Antti Tenetz (FI), Biro Jozsef (HU), Bruce Allan (GB), Brigitte & Gabriela (AT), Channa Boon (NL), Christophe Doucet (FR), Dana LaMonda (NL), Daniela de Maddalena (CH), Denizhan Ozer (TK), Enrique Muñoz García (CL/CH), Diek Grobler (ZA), Fred Luide (CH), Gabriel Adams (US), Gordana Andjelic (BiH), Hannes Egger (IT), Iliko Zautashvili (GE), Ingrid Rollema (HL), Jason Hawkes (AU), Jayne Dyer (PT), Jessy Theo Rahman (SR), Josephine Turalba (PH), Kelli Sharp (AU), Lois Schenk (AU), Ludmila Rodrigues (NL/BR), Magda Guruli (GE), Max Buhlmann (CH), Mike Rijnierse (NL), Mike Watson & Jussi (IT/FI), Nandin Edrene (MO), Oona Hyland(IR), Pang Hyosung (KR), Paul Donker Duyvis (NL), Park Byounguk (KR), Pietertje van Splunter (NL), Phil Dadson (NZ), Rosh Abdelfatah (SY), So Young (KR), Susanne Muller CH), Thom Vink (NL), Yoko Kajio (JP).

Follow the instructions for ‘Window Performace’ – Hannes Egger, IT

Linked Objects is initiated by the International Environmental Art Symposium / Nine Dragon Heads. The project comprises an exhibition and conference dedicated to the wider perception of the COVID-19 consequences in contemporary culture and art.

It is said that digital communication has made the world smaller, and that we are interconnected through our avatars in the virtual world. What the outbreak of the COVID-19 has clearly shown is that we are connected through our real bodies as well in an analog world. This bond turned out to be no less solid or mutually influential than any world wide web.

Today in “lockdown”, we are linked to each other not only through social networks, messages and emails but also by the shared fears and hopes for medical treatment that can bring the rapid changes “back to normal”. We try to understand and assess the situation we find ourselves in. In our bizarre life-saving encapsulation, with numerous questions and expectations, we attempt to cope with separation, staying still and online.

The world that has stopped feels especially challenging for creative communities and the artists of projects such as to Nine Dragon Heads’ (NDH), working in post-studio, experimental or performative modes. Their creative impulse has always been linked to public space, to traveling, to the contact with others and with nature, at various corners of the world. The encounters with thought-provoking people and places are their inspiration and driving force.

The project Linked Objects provides a space to meditate on our interconnectedness in times of isolation and forceful separation. A condition similar to what German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers calls a limit situation. The term describes situations that disturb us, forcing us towards somewhat alternative self-identifications, and eliminates us from social connections, obliging us to survive and seek alarming ways of communication. In the electronic world, on the other hand, a “linked object” is an object such as a graphic, a piece of text, a file, which is included within a hypertext document in such a way that it is linked to the source file. So that whenever the source changes, the object automatically gets updated.

Postponed: InTake

The second edition of InTake would take place at Quartair on the weekend of November 6-8, 2020. Due to the covid up-rise, unfortunately, we had to postpone it.

InTake – Interdisciplinary Art Forms is an annual festival which aims at bringing together works that stimulate all the human senses with the goal of creating an inclusive and deeply engaging context for its audience. 

Drawing from the idea that true interactivity always results in different outcomes, the selected artists explore the possibilities of the role of the audience – how can the public become at once material and performer?

Read more on: www.intakesenses.nl

David Hochgatterer
Ana Teresa Vicente
Tony Morton
Ivan Iovine
Luca Tornato
Iliada Charalambous
Ricardo Oliveira
Anita Nodilo
Hendrik Hohlfeld
Nikzad Arabshahi
Mehrnaz Khorrami
Cemre Deniz Kara
Mattia Papp

Artist Support Fair | 25 september 2020

Quartair wil extra aandacht vragen voor het belang van de kunstmaker en de vele broedplaatsen in Den Haag. Door de coronacrisis zijn kunstenaars extra geraakt. De vele noodmaatregelen richten zich met name op de grote gesubsidieerde culturele instellingen. Maar zonder de maker, geen kunst! Kortom met de tentoonstelling doen we een oproep om ook de kunstmakers en de broedplaatsen in Den Haag te ondersteunen.

De wortel is het symbool van de tentoonstelling die verwijst naar de uitspraak “Er kan van cultuur pas sprake zijn, als er een minimum aan materiële welstand is. Geen bloem zonder wortels.” (Godfried Bomans)

Open brief: Vergeet de kunstenaars niet!

Photo: Thom Vink


As an artist initiative we think that artists, as much as all cultural institutions, need to be represented and supported in times of crisis. Recent emergency funds have focused on the large, subsidized cultural institutions. But without the makers, is exhibition, or performance, or festival? Through this artist support fair we want to draw attention to the makers and the many breeding grounds of The Hague. We have invited around 100 artists and showed 175 artworks at Quartair.

opening on Friday, September 25th, 2020 at 6 pm
exhibition and sales through Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th, from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Toussaintkade, 55
Den Haag

Thanks to Gemeente Den Haag

Photo: Thom Vink

Hoogtij May 29: Should I Stay or Should I Go

An online exhibition presented by iii in collaboration with Quartair.

In the hit single from 1981 Mick Jones of UK band The Clash infects us with an ear-worm: “If I go there will be trouble, if I stay it will be double”. Is the song really about an unhappy love story, or is the question pressed by the punk rocker hinting to something else?

This exhibition starts as an anthropological investigation and ends in a series of playful rituals engaging with our senses through song and food. Questions around identity and migration are viewed through the individual experiences of members of the international artist community in The Hague. Tensions experienced while living in transition between places and cultures serve as fuel for three new works.

With works by: Wen Chin Fu, Matteo Marangoni, Daniël Siegersma, Davide Tidoni

ONLINE exhibition from 29th May 2020 to 14th June, 2020
Opening on Friday, May 29th with Hoogtij #61 – the online edition

Visit the exhibition on: stay-go.nl

Special events:
29 May
| 21:00 – 23:00 online Karaoke party with Matteo Marangoni + Davide Tidoni
10 June | 19:00 online cooking workshop with Wen Chin Fu

Davide Tidoni and Matteo Marangoni in Strangers in Karaoke address the challenge of becoming familiar with a foreign culture while confronting negative stereotypes. In Tune of the Hamlets Daniël Siegersma channels his attachment to the native language of his ancestors by joining in song the different dialects of Low Saxon. Wen Chin Fu in Nederlands Gastronomisch Inburgeringsexamen responds to her experience with the process of acquiring Dutch nationality by imagining an immigration test over food culture in The Netherlands.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go is a project commissioned by Tetem and developed by iii with the participation of: Erfan Abdi, Marije Baalman, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Wen Chin Fu, Ji Kang, Gábor Kerekes, Lars Kynde,  Sebastiaan van ‘t Holt, Hanna Ijäs, Matteo Marangoni, Marit Mihklepp, Farah Rahman, Flora Reznik, Jonathan Reus, Ludmila Rodrigues, Daniël Siegersma, Davide Tidoni, Gabey Tjon a Tham, Sissel Marie Tonn and Philip Vermeulen.

Tune of the Hamlets by Daniël Siegersma is realised with Giovanni Salice, Isidor ten Hooven, Lester Kamstra, Willy Weerman, Herman Loning, Angela Siegersma, Reitze Brouwer, Douwe Gnodde, Herman Telgenkamp, Janny Veltman and Trijnie Groeneveld.

This exhibition is presented by iii with financial support from The Municipality of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag and The Creative Industries Fund NL.

Houtskool teken-panorama

Haagse kunstenaars Hanna de Haan en Rik Buter tekenen twee weken lang met houtskool op de witte muren van Quartair. Zonder vooropgezet plan. ‘We willen het proces laten zien.’

opening door curator Jef Schaeps

In lijn met het landelijke advies van het RIVM in de aanpak van het coronavirus, kunnen we helaas de deuren niet openen voor dit project. U kan een afspraak maken van maandag 23 t/m zondag, 29 maart, via email: hannadehaan@gmail.com

Lees Jegens en Tevens – “Het houtskoolvirus” – door Frits Dijcks

Rik Buter en Hanna de Haan / foto: Eveline van Egdom

Het krassen van houtskool op papier, veel meer is er niet te horen in de expositieruimte van Quartair. “We overleggen nauwelijks”, vertelt Hanna. “Ik denk ook veel minder na dan ik had verwacht. Het is gewoon actie.” Dat komt mede door de omvang van het werk: meters lange en hoge stroken papier lopen rond over alle muren. “Je maakt grote intuïtieve bewegingen en verliest je minder in details.”
In hoog tempo verschijnen er figuren op de muren, om even later weer te verdwijnen onder een nieuwe tekening. De twee kunstenaars krassen over hun eigen en elkaars werk heen, om zo tot iets nieuws te komen, op de grens van abstract en figuratief. Rik: “Als je tegelijk op hetzelfde vel tekent, laat je elkaar dingen zien en grijp je in op elkaars werk. Dan moet je loslaten en hef je je persoonlijke geconditioneerdheid een beetje op.”

Van ‘vuil’ naar schoonheid
“Het samenwerken brengt onverwachte keuzes, onrust, onduidelijkheid… ‘vuil’ dat nodig is om te vinden wat we zoeken”, aldus Hanna. Ze werkt graag zonder vooropgezet plan of verwachtingen, net als Rik: “Kwaliteit en schoonheid zitten vaak verstopt op plekken waar we eigenlijk liever niet kijken. Vaak zitten ze in de mislukking. Daarom begin ik een tekening met zo min mogelijk dogmatische opvattingen over hoe het zou moeten worden, zodat mijn onderbewuste vrij spel heeft.”
Hanna: “Ik heb de chaos, de rotzooi nodig om de structuur te vinden die ik zoek in mijn werk. In een mooi rustig natuurgebied kan ik niet werken, ik heb de rommel, de beweging en onrust van de stad nodig. Daar waar je het niet verwacht, is schoonheid op z’n meest opvallend.”

Voor meer werk: www.hannadehaan.nl en www.rikbuter.nl

Met dank aan:

Postponed: A state of amplitude

During Rewire Festival, Quartair was preparing A state of amplitude, an exhibition with sonic sculptures, instruments and sound transmitting vessels.

Participating artists: Louis Braddock Clarke (UK/NL), Wen Chin Fu (TW/NL), Hans van Koolwijk (NL), Peter William Holden (UK/DE), Mike Rijnierse (NL), Andreas Trobollowitsch (AU)

However, due to public health concerns with the corona virus outbreak, Quartair is postponing all projects until the pandemic is controlled and social activities can get back to normalcy. We wish everyone a peaceful and creative quarantine. We are all together on this!

A state of amplitude focuses on the potential of re-amplifying the micro-powers of vibrating matter. Departing from the idea of a membrane as a selective instrument, excerpts of sounds are filtered, distorted and amplified. In these sonic architectures, an unfolding dimension arises, re-fabricating it into a composed reality. Through entering this space of vibrations an identification assembles between listeners and elemental matter, between inside and outside, between hallucination and realism.

An assemblage of active sounding objects remain open for compositional coincidences, new spatial conditions and modes of relation. These dynamic aspects result in a shifting soundscape forged by the acoustic setting and the state of the observer.

This exhibition is supported by Stroom Den Haag.

A Simple Fizz – MAR/KABK at QUARTAIR

MA Artistic Research @ Quartair
Curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist

KABK Master of Artistic Research students create an exhibition of their works in collaboration with Stockholm based curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist: the culmination of a week of curatorial experimentation.

Studenten van de KABK MA Artistic Research maken een tentoonstelling van hun werk, in samenwerking met de in Stockholm gevestigde curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist: het hoogtepunt van een week van curatoriële experimenten.

Friday, March 6th | Hoogtij#60
Opening at 19:00
Exhibition runs through the weekend March 7-8, 2020

Participants/Deelnemende kunstenaars:
Mazen Achkar
Esther Arribas Rovira
Leonie Brandner
Georgie Brinkman
Biba Cole
Adele Dipasquale
Rebecca Dunne
Davide Ghelli Santuliana
Serene Hui
Daniel Iglesias Gonzalez
Lena Longefay
Alejandra López Martínez
Ghiath Mardini
Juliana Martinez Hernandez
Daphne MonastiriotiJaehun Park
Hugo Plagnard
Elfi Seidel
Jessie Siegel
Alkaios Spyrou
Jan Tomza-Osiecki
Annemarie Wadlow

Master Artistic Research
Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten / Royal Academy of Art 

Facebook event: A Simple Fizz

QUARTAIR in Sarajevo Winter Festival

Some of our artists and guests are taking off to Sarajevo Winter Festival soon. They will join another artist collective, our long-term collaborators, Nine Dragon Heads, in the occasion of their 25th anniversary.

Exhibition, performances and talks by Rosh Abdelfatah (NL/SY), Blanka De Bruyne (BE), Paul Donker-Duyvis (NL), Rodi Khalil (DE/SY), Dana LaMonda (UK/NL), Jessy Theo Rahman (NL/SUR), Ingrid Rollema (NL), Kito Sino (BE/SY), Pietertje van Splunter (NL).

Collegium Artisticum, National Theater BiH, Bosnian Culture Center 36th International Festival Sarajevo / Winter Sarajevska Zima 2020 sarajevskazima.ba

Thanks to:

The Other Book Fair

Art book fair – 29 November – 1 December 2019

The Other Book, a unique celebration of the artist’s book in all its facets, is the first biennial event in The Hague that combines an art book fair with exhibitions, workshops, talks, presentations, demonstrations, films, and performances at various locations.

The first edition of The Other Book is devoted to the Riso revolution: artist’s books produced with Risograph and Mimeograph stencil duplicators.
The festival program is curated by The Other Book, with contributions from West Den Haag and Grafische Werkplaats.

Locations: Quartair, Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag, Billytown, Page Not Found, The Grey Space in the Middle and West Den Haag
Full program: theotherbook.eu/program.html

Instagram: @theotherbookfair
Facebook event: facebook.com/events/theotherbook

Opening: Friday 29 November 2019, 18:00 – Hoogtij#59
with performance by Jip Piet

With support of

Ex-MÊKH / Live web

De kortste verbinding tussen twee punten is een rechte lijn. Zijn er meer punten dan ontstaat er al snel een web. Sommige verbindingen worden intensief gebruikt, andere bevinden zich in de periferie.

EX-MÊKH (Ellen Rodenberg, Kees Koomen en Maarten Schepers) brengt met de tentoonstelling MÊKH-web haar in 13 jaar opgebouwde netwerk in kaart.
In eerste instantie zijn kunstenaars uitgenodigd die van invloed zijn geweest op de ontwikkeling van het collectief. Deze kunstenaars zijn: Marian Wijnvoord (Berlijn), Frans van Lent (Dordrecht) en Niels Post (Rotterdam).

Foto door Connie van Driel

Het laatste weekend organiseert EX-MÊKH een Live-web met meer kunstenaars uit ons netwerk. Geen week wordt dus hetzelfde, verweving vindt plaats door toevoegingen en verschuivingen. Publiek en kunstenaars die EX-MÊKH al langer volgen, weten dat het aan te raden is om alle drie de weekends in de gaten te houden op social media. (Hier zullen acties bekend worden gemaakt).
Zie Facebook event >>

MÊKH-web duurt van 20 september t/m 6 october 2019De opening vindt plaats op 20 september van 19.00 t/m 23.00 uur
Openingstijden: september 21 en 23: 13-17 uur
september 27, 28 en 29: 13-17 uur
oktober 4, 5, en 6 oktober 13-17 uur
Op 27 september zijn tijdens Hoogtij #58 van 19.00 t/m 23.00 uur de uitgezette sporen van MÊKH-web te zien

Deelnemers: (EX-MÊKH), Ellen Rodenberg, Maarten Schepers, Kees Koomen Gastkunstenaars: Marian Wijnvoord, Niels Post, Frans van Lent.


Interaction is a permanent aspect of our existence. It continuously shapes the way we perceive ourselves and the world we live in. However, when it comes to the audience and their interaction with art, there seems to be a kind of communication gap. When watching a concert or going to an exhibition, humans seem to have become passive creatures; they have alienated themselves from the process. We have grown comfortably accustomed to performances and/or exhibitions that do not request much from us, allowing us to be passive in the perception of information. This is especially true in my field of expertise, classical music.

InTake seeks to create a space of opportunity for artists to present art pieces/performances that question the role of the audience and that explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary collaboration, with hope that simultaneously stimulating various human senses (vision, hearing, etc.) will enhance the impact of the experience and will challenge the audience to take an active stance in the absorption of perceived information.
Throughout a time frame of two days, InTake combines artistic performances and an exhibition, joining together visual arts, electronic music, classical music, video art, physical theatre, contemporary dance and poetry. Each live performance includes an after talk by the artists, followed questions and answers. By creating different focus points throughout the space, we invite the audience to explore it, thus offering a dynamic experience.