On Friday, March 4th, in the occasion of Hoogtij #68, we will function as open studio, with works, fragments, processes, music by artists from Quartair and guests.
This will be an experimental place for works in progress or works that were never shown before. One wall will be reserved for an interactive action: visitors are invited to add drawings or statements with glow-in-the-dark painting. The results will be seen and experienced at the end of the evening.
With Sophia Boeschoten, Mekhlla Harrison, Zuza Zgierska, Louis Braddock Clarke, Blanka de Bruyne, Marlies Adriaanse, Thom Vink, Jessy Rahman, Dana LaMonda, Jessica de Wolf, Wieteke Heldens, Astrid Nobel, Geeske Harting, Pietertje van Splunter, Harold de Bree and Mike Rijnierse.
HOOGTIJ is a cultural tour throughout the art spaces of The Hague, taking place four times a year, on Fridays from 7-11 PM. It includes various locations and exhibitions often with extra activities. Free entrance.
QUARTAIR opens this Friday, March 4th, at 19:00.
The exhibition runs through the weekend, March 5th-6th, from 13:00 to 17:00.
Toussaintkade 55, 2513 CL
Support for Ukraine | This Friday Quartair sells postcards and posters made by Ukrainian artists capturing life in their homeland. The revenue is dedicated to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
How to bridge the digital realm with the physical experience? Rather than visualizing data on the screen, in this Tech Week we focused on interpreting information, social trends and ecological phenomena as alternative adventures, including visual, audible, olfactory and even gustative experience.
Having the internet as (real-time) input, six projects were conceived, designed and coded, translating bytes into dynamic installations and performative (inter)actions.
The Tech Week 2022 was hosted by Rob Bothof, Mike Rijnierse and Ludmila Rodrigues at Quartair, as an immersive and experimental workshop for the Non Linear Narrative masters of the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), between February 7th and 11th, 2022.
Participants: Lisette Alberti, Coco Maier, Kateryna Gaidamaka, Paul Mielke; Shouyi He, Julija Panova, Alicja Konkol; Eszter Nagy, Karolina Uskakovych, Daan Veerman; Lode Dijkers & Daniel Gremme; Leonie Gores & Camille Noray; Niels Otterman, Akina López, Jeroen van den Bogaert.
Opening Saturday, Nov 6th at 17.00
Exhibition from Friday to Sunday, 13.00 to 18.00
Hoogtij #67 *Saturday, Nov 27th, 14.00 to 18.00
Last day: Sunday, Nov 28th,13.00 to 18.00
With works by:
Narges Mohammadi + Bernie Autsema
Curated by Christian Roncea
Accompanying zine-publication by Ian Scheufler & Christian Roncea, including interviews and conversations with Mats Andersen (admin @afffirmations), Sanne Ten Brink (head curator at ING art collection), Arthur Cordier & Valentino Russo (founders The Balcony), Sanne Luteijn (gallery manager Billytown) and more to come.
Graphic Design by Ian Scheufler
Curatorial statement: “Case Study: The Corporate Stoner” is a research-based project which explores the spectrum of artistic autonomy. I invited along artists, whose working methods are distinct from each other, with the intent to let the works cross-pollinate meanings and points of views, diving in a web of multi-faceted narratives which question human condition. “The human element” present in this group show is multi-linear, deconstructed, and ghostlike. Irony, melancholia, ecstasy, banality and vulnerability come together in a disillusioned “recreational office area”. By entering in a multi-disciplinary environment, the selected works give shape to an alternative and fluid type of reading art, inviting the visitors to follow their own narrative when experiencing the show.
The phrase “Corporate Stoner” refers to a company employee who secretly uses cannabis. This employee, even if defying the rules of the company, keeps a professional look and maintains productivity. I would like to look at artists of our times from the same perspective while looking at the larger art-world as one big company. If using cannabis can be seen as a labor-related escapism, fiction and critique can be seen as coping mechanisms for a speculative and precarious art market.
From a parodic standpoint, “The Corporate Stoner” is, metaphorically, an artist who challenges the status quo, but deals “professionally” with bureaucracy or capitalist structures. How does an artist reach autonomy today? Are we sacrificing financial stability in return of artistic freedom and/or the other way around?
With thanks to Stroom Den Haag
InTake – Interdisciplinary Art Forms is a multidisciplinary art festival bringing together works that stimulate all the human senses. InTake creates an immersive environment that incites audiences to take ownership and actively contribute to the artworks, thus fostering equal relations of agency between artists and public. It introduces artists working at the intersection of performative arts, visual arts and technology, who are concerned with the creation of social spaces in which individuals assemble to engage in activities that ultimately promote alternative visions of community and conviviality.
With works by: Ana Teresa Vicente, Cemre Kara x Mattia Papp, David Hochgatterer, Nikzad Arabshahi X Mehrnaz Khorram, Ricardo Oliveira, Iliada Charalambous, Luca Torquato, Ivan Iovine, Hendrik Hohlfeld, Tony James Morton.
This event is unfortunately cancelled due to current health measures.
Combining immersive artistic performances and an exhibition, InTake – Interdisciplinary Art Forms 2021 will focus on further exploring the concept proposed by its first edition. Based upon the idea that interactivity always results in different outcomes, Krea invites the artists to explore the possibilities of the role of the audience – how can the audience become material and/or performer?
Exhibition 2–17 October 2021
Ilona Senghore, Paul Donker-Duyvis, Rosh Abdelfatah & Rodi Khalil
curated by Jessy Rahman & Blanka de Bruyne
Onder de Kerktoren / Under the Tower / تحت البرج
Opening: Friday October 1st at 8pm
Opening hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1–5pm
Extra event: Saturday, 09 Oct at 7pm
Arab Film Festival Evening, presented by Rosh Abdelfatah
The church tower and the curfew
‘Onder de Kerktoren (Under the church tower)’ is a typical Flemish expression that means “small-scale” or “navel-gazing”. Universality and open-mindedness sit at the opposite end of the spectrum. These two extremes are diametrically opposed to one another. The concepts of local and global have a new ring to them. Western European citizens have experienced the reality of lockdowns for the first time since the Second World War. We were confronted, quite literally, with the perspective of our current location. How do we see things from such a position? Is there a difference between the digital and the physical experience?
Ilona Senghore – “I am getting a cold and think I am infected. On the day that the Netherlands locks down, the norovirus reigns in my department. In the event of an outbreak, the nursing staff continues to work with the appropriate measures. Other disciplines do not come to the ward in order to limit further spread in the nursing home. I belong to the group of well-being counselors and work in a ward with 32 residents with dementia, half of whom are relatively young. Fortunately, after a week, the norovirus is gone. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus is spreading further across the Netherlands and is breaking out in nursing homes as well.
“It is very quiet on the street. I cycle through the quiet streets sobbing to work because I feel strongly that I am a source of contamination and the last thing I want is to infect the residents. The use of face masks will soon be made mandatory. Visitors are no longer allowed. Family and friends are not allowed to visit. That has a huge impact on everyone. Emotional dramas take place. A family secretly rows over the ditch with an inflatable boat to be able to be with their mother. Face-time calling is introduced. I take hundreds of pictures to show the family that they are doing well. Convinced that being outside is the best remedy, I walk for hours with the residents through the paradise garden, which seems more beautiful than ever. The sky is clear blue, there is no noise, no planes.”
Ilona Senghore graduated in 1989 as Monumental Designer at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In addition to being active as an artist, she teaches painting and has been working since 1995 as a well-being counselor in a nursing home. Ilona makes symbolic drawings, paintings and socially critical ceramics. She draws associatively to understand everyday life, which puzzles her often. From random lines and shapes, a story unfolds that becomes known during the drawing, or even the day after.
Thus the trace appears in her work, the symbol of time. The train comes roaring unstoppably. The trumpet with its bell is the attention that is demanded. The animals can be themselves, but more often symbolize human actions. The water and the sea is the subconscious, a movement and the source from which it all begins.
Paul Donker-Duyvis – Corona Cancer Comfort
The Corona outbreak was only a few months through when metastatic tumors were discovered in Paul Donker Duyvis body. Immediately three muses took care of him and became Angels, Caregivers and Comforters. Donker Duyvis decided to use the illness as a vehicle for a staggering, undisguised and moving series of self-portraits, which portray the comforting and warm contact with the three women.
The understanding treating physicians quickly turned to life-prolonging treatments: radiation, hormone injection and chemotherapy, but they are all physical treatments. Psychological help was also offered, but much more important than words was the indispensable touch – which produced an immediate comforting and magical effect.
The touch, the skin, the direct contact, the production of Oxytocin (known as the cuddle hormone) is an neglected part of medical and terminal care in the eyes of the photographer, who is seriously ill. The moving series of straight black and white self-images Corona Cancer Comfort 2021 is a plea for the return of the loving, healing touch, which was missed by many during the Corona pandemic.
Rosh Abdelfatah is a Kurdish-Syrian artist, filmmaker, artistic director of the Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, who graduated at the St. Joost Academy in Breda, 2006. Currently he makes freelance productions for different Arabic TV stations and works as an independent artist in Netherlands and Middle East.
“As an individual you hardly have any control over the environment. Reality forms while you look at it helplessly. As an artist and filmmaker I search for images where I can get a grip of time. In my work I look for moments of support. They are anchors in a deteriorating, changing environment. The search for what is in disappearance forms visual benchmarks that, if well done, can convey both pain and comfort.” – Rosh Abdelfatah
Rodi Khalil was born in Tal Hedat, Syria, studied art and design at the University of Damascus. He worked as an stage designer at the Theatre of Damascus, as well as in different TV films broadcast in Syria. He has exhibited his paintings and sculptures in London, Rotterdam, Beirut, Turkey, Spain, New York, Sweden and Germany. In Germany he was also involved in set design and became a member of the National Association of Artists (BBK Bremen) and the International Association of Art (IGBK, IAA, AIAP).
“I come from a land of myths and repression. For me these myths are building a connection to the present. They offer topics which are fascinating and ageless. I want to build a bridge from past to present for all those people who are open or can be interested for that. My images are showing elements of manifold cultures: those of the Assyric, Meder, Marer, which I am a child of.“ – Rodi Khalil
Hard Times is a Dutch edition of the international project Onder de Kerktoren / Under the Tower (underthechurchtower.org). The project links a range of artists, curators and locations so far in Belgium, the Netherlands and Palestine, as a response to the Corona times and the lockdown.
The church tower and the curfew
‘Onder de kerktoren’ (‘under the church tower’) is a typical Flemish expression that means “small-scale” or “navel-gazing”. Universality and open-mindedness sit at the opposite end of the spectrum. These two extremes are diametrically opposed to one another. The concepts of local and global have a new ring to them. Western European citizens have experienced the reality of lockdowns for the first time since the Second World War. We were confronted, quite literally, with the perspective of our current location. How do we see things from such a position? Is there a difference between the digital and the physical experience?
See you at Quartair:
Exhibition 9 – 26 September 2021
Quartair presents A State of Amplitude, an exhibition of sonic sculptures, instruments and sound transmitting vessels. This assemblage of actively sounding objects will remain open for compositional coincidences, new spatial conditions and modes of relation. The exhibition was curated by Mike Rijnierse and opened on September 9th, alongside Rewire Festival, running until Sunday, September 26th.
Participating artists: Natalia Domínguez Rangel (CO/NL/AT), Hans van Koolwijk (NL), Andreas Trobollowitsch (AT), Andre Bartetzki (DE), Wen Chin Fu (TW/NL), Mike Rijnierse & Rob Bothof (NL) and Louis Braddock Clarke (UK/NL).
A State of Amplitude looks at the potential of using sound as material to create instruments or sculptures. In these sonic architectures, where sound functions as a method of continuous construction and destruction, an endlessly unfolding dimension emerges of composed reality. By entering this space of vibrations, an identification occurs between listener and elemental matter, between inside and outside, between hallucination and realism.
Opening Thursday, 9 September
doors open at 16:00
with performances by Hans van Koolwijk and Andreas Trobollowitsch
During Rewire weekend exhibition open from 13:00 to 20:00
with performances by Hans van Koolwijk and Andreas Trobollowitsch
After Rewire weekend, the exhibition runs until 26 September
Thursday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 17:00 with more performances
Hoogtij #66 – Art Tour – Friday, 24 Sep from 19:00 to 23:00
on-going installations and performances by Hans van Koolwijk
Last weekend: 25-26 September
Performances by Hans van Koolwijk at 15:00
Closing performance by Wen Chin Fu / Mei Yi Lee Sunday 26th at 16:00
Bambuso (1996 – ongoing) – Hans van Koolwijk
Bambuso is an unpolished sound sculpture that is used as a musical instrument, whereby the visual setting reflects the aural experience. The central work of Hans van Koolwijk, Bambuso originated from the idea of a single performer operating a number of flutes simultaneously. For the last 30 years, van Koolwijk has been developing and constantly adding to this extensive palette of sounds.
Telluric Variation (2021) – Louis Braddock Clarke
The shifting scapes of material in the ground’s sub-surface bend, tweak, and distort magneto
telluric currents. Vertical strata of rocks, soils, and metals slump over time due to climatic
variation, disturbing the porous materials below. As the minerals fluctuate, telluric currents also shift in an ever-developing sonic dialogue. The magnetic data stored and amplified by the ground properties of the site are decoded by a geo-tool. The Earth becomes a substrate for listening, in which the underground filters and displays electro currents. The work borrows from scientific measuring devices which have been re-purposed for the act of listening rather than data collection. The installation offers a live dig into the electrical depths of The Hague.
Overlap (2020) – Natalia Domínguez Rangel
Overlap is a sound sculpture that listens to its acoustic environment and encapsulates in the shape of an electro-acoustic composition. In A State of Amplitude the acoustic ecology of Quartair became the focus for a collaborative work of augmented layering of the ambient and bleeding of present with past moments in time.
Pot-Shot / Ton-Techniek (2012) – Andre Bartetzki
Pot-Shot/Ton-Techniek belongs to a series of installations using plant pots as percussive instruments. Triggered by push solenoids, the instruments perform chaotic, evolving, repetitive patterns, single pulses or bursts. As the sound of the pots is short and dry, one’s perception expands to the spatial and temporal extent of the pulses and patterns and less to melodic, spectral or harmonic qualities produced by the plant pots. Each clink of the pots becomes a pure marker in space and time.
Sino (2021) – Mike Rijnierse & Rob Bothof
Sino is a bronze bell standing upside down with its mouth facing the sky. Struck by an exciter installed in its interior, overtones are generated, turning the bell into a singing bowl. Often used in Eastern rituals, singing bowls are also known as ‘standing bells’ or ‘resting bells’. In Sino, the ‘resting bell’ becomes an instrument for resonance and reflection, rendering the sound not as an alarm signal, but as a call for contemplation.
Tang – Sounding Sugar Playground (2021) – Wen Chin Fu
Matter has its own hidden secret. By making, observing and listening to it we can find the entrance into this secret. Tang is a percussion instrument made of crystallized sugar, exploring the acoustic potential of this everyday ingredient. The work originated in an artistic residency at a former sugar refinery in Taiwan, 2015, where Wen Chin Fu was working together with artist Mariska de Groot. For A State of Amplitude, the artist has prepared the sugar instrument into a physical installation. This iteration of Tang, will provide different ways of playing, listening and eating (the sound of) sugar.
Ventorgano (2014) – Andreas Trobollowitsch
Ventorgano is an electroacoustic synthesizer that allows its player precise control. It consists of five resonating bodies shaped like square columns, over which one guitar string each is strung and made to vibrate by prepared fans. Per string, there are two fans that turn at differing speeds. As these speeds shift, micro-rhythmical elements are generated. The speed of each fan can be adjusted progressively, which also changes the overtone spectrum.
A State of Amplitude is proudly presented within Rewire Festival 2021, the offline edition.
This exhibition is supported by Royal Eijsbouts, The City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, the Mondriaan Fund and the Austrian Embassy in The Hague.
Caring Communities for Radical Change
August 24-28th, 2021
The 8th International Degrowth Conference, between 24th and 28th August, explores many approaches to degrowth. The conference includes artistic interventions, workshops and performances are organized both online and physically in various locations in The Hague: Utopie Café, the International Institute of Social Studies, the community garden Spinozahof, the Stadsklooster (City Monastery), NEST, and Quartair. In parallel, there will be a variety of online workshops and sessions. See program here.
What to experience at Quartair:
Church of the Hand, The Linen Project and Traveling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills are projects to be visited during the conference days. There will also be workshops at specific times (see below). To attend the workshops, please pre-register online.
Church of the Hand (with Harm Heye Coordes)
Tuesday 24 Aug 10:30-12:00 & 19:00-20:00
Wednesday 25 Aug 9:00-10:30 & 14:30-16:00
Thursday 26 Aug 14:30-16:00
The Linen Project – Engagement, Participation, Community and Joy (with Marieke van Mieghem, Ellen Rooijakkers, Carolien Evers, Henrike Gootjes & Pascale Gatzen)
Tuesday 24 Aug 16:00-19:00
Thursday 26 Aug 10:00-13:00
Traveling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills (with Asia Komarova, Txell Blanco, Merel Zwarts, Leonardo Siqueira & Kyra Ruiten)
Saturday 28 August 12:00-13:00
Download the full programme in PDF here.
Degrowth is a movement and a research field that proposes solutions confronting the roots of today’s crises. It explores these fundamental questions and many others:
How do we confront the contradictions between endless economic growth and the ecological boundaries of our planet?
What kind of society would ensure a good life for all, without wealth and power being hoarded by the few?
How can we enable a just transition that halts over-extraction, over-production and over-consumption?
Visit the website for more information: www.degrowth.nl
Exhibition and book release of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland newly illustrated by The Hague artists. From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd, August 2021.
With: Annemarie Slobbe, Marjolijn van der Meij, Cedric ter Bals, Bernice Nauta, Malou Cohen, Jordan Herregraven, Angelika Hasse, Paul de Jong, Leonie Schneider, Niels Janssen, Melle de Boer and Lula Valletta
The 12 chapters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (originally titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground) were distributed among twelve Hague-based artists, who each interpreted their chapter in their own unique ways. The works in the book are the base for the accompanying group exhibition in which the works become installations and interactive pieces. Artist and creative entrepreneur Lula Valletta curated the project.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is for many a first re-encounter with surrealism after losing one’s child’s imagination. Many famous artists have taken it upon themselves to illustrate Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Opening Friday, September 20th, from 19:00
with gong performance by Red Dwarf, music by Carlos Gomes and DJ Fester del Hagua
Opening: 21 May
21 mei t/m 13 juni 2021
robe bleu, fond rouge
14 schilders op 2 locaties in Den Haag
Quartair en projectruimte WEST END (Westeinde 58, Den Haag)
Bij Quartair: Philip Akkerman, Kees Andrea (1914-2006), Morgan Betz, Judith van Bilderbeek, Wieteke Heldens, Mirthe Klück, Rob Knijn, Luuk Kuipers, Marion van Rooij (1951-2019), Machteld Rullens, Jan Wattjes.
in Projectruimte WEST END: Annemieke Louwerens, Pietertje van Splunter, Nies Vooijs.
Een tentoonstelling over schilderkunst samengesteld door een schilder. De Haagse schilder Nies Vooijs kreeg de beschikking over maar liefst twee kunstenaarsinitiatieven om een tentoonstelling samen te stellen. Onder de titel robe blue, fond rouge, (de titel verwijst naar een schilderij van Henri Matisse) heeft Vooijs een heel persoonlijke keuze gemaakt van schilderkunst uit meerdere generaties. Naast gevestigde namen ook werk van de in 2019 overleden Marion van Rooij. Deze oud klasgenoot van Vooijs werkte 40 jaar in haar atelier maar trad nooit naar buiten met haar werk.
Openingstijden: vrijdag t/m zondag van 12 tot 17 uur
Hoogtij #65 vrijdag 28 mei van 19 – 23 uur
En op afspraak
Recensie op villalarepubblica
robe bleu, fond rouge
14 painters at 2 locations in The Hague
Quartair and project space WEST END (Westeinde 58, The Hague)
At Quartair: Philip Akkerman, Kees Andrea (1914-2006), Morgan Betz, Judith van Bilderbeek, Wieteke Heldens, Mirthe Klück, Rob Knijn, Luuk Kuipers, Marion van Rooij (1951-2019), Machteld Rullens, Jan Wattjes.
At Project space WEST END: Annemieke Louwerens, Pietertje van Splunter, Nies Vooijs
An exhibition about painting curated from a painter’s perspective. The Hague painter Nies Vooijs was given no fewer than two artist initiatives to put together this exhibition. Under the title robe bleu, fond rouge – the title refers to a painting by Henri Matisse – Vooijs has made a personal choice of paintings by artists of different generations. Besides established names, the show includes a work by Marion van Rooij, who passed away in 2019. This classmate of Vooijs worked in her studio for 40 years but never exhibited her work.
Opening times: Friday – Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00.
Hoogtij #65 (Friday 28 May) from 19:00 to 23:00
And by appointment
Visit also: niesvooijs.nl
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