Upcoming: The Other Book Fair May 27-29

The second edition of The Other Book (May 27-29 2022) will be devoted to the underground: artists’ books and other printed matter ephemera of the counterculture; from the past and from the present. The exhibition opens in the occasion of Hoogtij #69, the Contemporary Art Tour of The Hague.

The Other Book will provide a platform for artists, publishers, print rooms, collectives, art libraries, collectors, and book enthusiasts from all secret corners of the world. Come and browse through a collection of underground artists’ books and artistic publications beyond your wildest imagination!

By creating a stage for both local and international artists and underground publishers, The Other Book serves as a place of exchange. The extensive program explores artistic practices, conceptual publications, and the seemingly endless possibilities of the self- or independently published artist’s book and artistic publications.

PROGRAM

FRIDAY May 27
opening + Hoogtij
celebration

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
exhibitions
workshops
masterclasses
talks
presentations

VENUES
Quartair
The Grey Space in the Middle
Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag
and partner locations announced soon.

theotherbook.eu

Hoogtij #68 ‘OPEN’

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.

Astrid Nobel: Noordzee botten

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.

Address:
Toussaintkade 55, 2513 CL
Den Haag

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.

Header image: Louis B. Clarke & Zuzanna Zgierska

Non Linear Narrative Tech Week 2022

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.

Case Study: The Corporate Stoner

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

Photo: Dana LaMonda

With works by:
Rinella Alfonso
Vitaly Bezpalov
Daniele Formica
Bernhard Holaschke
Myrofora Kachrimanidou
Karin Kytokangas
Nandi Loaf
Narges Mohammadi + Bernie Autsema
Christian Roncea
Tommy Smits
Suyoung Yang

Curated by Christian Roncea

Photo: Afra Eisma

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.

Photo: Dana LaMonda

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

Cancelled: InTake Festival

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.

David Hochgatterer: Time to X

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? 

Visit intakesenses.nl

8th International Degrowth Conference

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
pre-registration required
 
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
pre-registration required
 
Traveling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills
(with Asia Komarova, Txell Blanco, Merel Zwarts, Leonardo Siqueira & Kyra Ruiten)
Saturday 28 August 12:00-13:00
pre-registration required
 
Download the full programme in PDF here.

Traveling Farm: Museum of Forgotten Skills

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

The Linen Project: Reactivating the economic and human value of local flax and linen production
The Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills

Adventures Under Ground

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.

Image: Cedric ter Bals’ illustration for chapter 3: ‘A Caucus Race and a Long Tale

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

Website: adventuresunderground.nl
Review: Jegens & Tevens

Poster by Julian Sirre

robe bleu, fond rouge

Opening: 21 May
21 mei t/m 13 juni 2021

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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

v.l.n.r. Werk van Wieteke Heldens, Marion van Rooij, Luuk Kuipers en Machteld Rullens

Recensie op villalarepubblica

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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

Met dank aan / Thanks to:

Sun Kissed // Fog Off

Once again Quartair receives the KABK’s Master Artistic Research for a week of experiments in the project space. This project functions as an immersive week-long residency culminating in an exhibition over the weekend. Unfortunately we cannot open the doors to the public.

From Saturday to Sunday, March 20-21, online and by appointment (guests only, sorry, health measures!)

Xenia Klein: Cyanotype-tannin prints. Flash poems on papper

“In a world where tyrant covid grabbed its power and is still ruling our lives, we were all forced to make a standstill in one way or another. Now one year after the first lockdown, we’re getting the opportunity to work together again as a group on the cusp of Spring. It feels like a breath of fresh air. Within one week, with all the participants of the MA Masters Artistic Research of KABK, we created the project Sun Kissed // Fog Off. It works like a kaleidoscope and set of gems that share their energy wherever they are presented. We have embraced the restrictions of the pandemic, like not being able to touch or physically gather, and found a way to deal with obstructions. So we started from looking into the possibilities instead and turned those restrictions into ways of presenting the artworks in ways that fit and connect to this specific moment in time. Questions of time and space became important in creating the right relations during the collaborations and between works. What does it mean to present a sculpture in physical space and on the internet? How can they get a physical sense of the works when seeing an image of, for instance, a painting? How does the audience perceive live performance on their laptops at home? And how do we deal with time zones and having colleagues missing out on physical meetings because they cannot be in The Hague? Sun Kissed // Fog Off expands from Korea through Colombia and through the internet to all corners of the globe and digital realms.

The kaleidoscope is always in flux. Sun Kissed by that energy, we playfully say Fog Off.”

Emily Stevenhagen: ‘Sublime is something you choke on after a shot of tequila’

Visit also kabkmar.hotglue.me

With works by: Balint Revesz, Clara Pallí, Daphne Monastirioti, Elisa Cuesta, Emily Stevenhagen, Esther Arribas, Eva Van Ooijen, Georgie Brinkman, Giath Mardini, Haevan Lee, Leos, Juliana M. Hernández, Lena Longefay, Leonie Brandner, Mazen Alashkar, Noortje Remmen, Renata Mirón, Omid Kheirabadi, Rosa van Walbeek, Xenia Klein, Serene Hui, Shardenia Felicia, and the Hypocritical Care collective

Shardenia Felicia: ‘The writing of E novela Ros – The writing of The pink soap’
Omid Kheirabadi: Wasting Art (€473 worth KFC fried chicken pieces)

10 years INSYRIATED

5 maart 2021 – Hoogtij #64 ONLINE – livestream via Facebook

Tien jaar geleden begon een vreedzame opstand (revolutie) in Syrie. Sindsdien zijn er al meer dan 6,1 miljoen mensen op de vlucht geslagen in eigen land. Daarnaast zijn er ruim 5,5 miljoen mensen naar het buitenland gevlucht, de meesten naar een land in de regio. De afgelopen tien jaar hebben meer dan 400.000 mensen het leven gekost. De Verenigde Naties noemden het al eerder de grootste humanitaire crisis sinds de Tweede Wereldoorlog.

10 jaar INSYRIATED is een persoonlijke terugblik van de Syrische kunstenaar Rosh Abdelfatah, die actief is geweest binnen de Syrische Revolutie en daarna betrokken was bij culturele projecten in Noord-Syrië (Rojava). Een werk over de rol en de vorm van kunst binnen de revolutie en over de mensen die hun leven voor de vrijheid in Syrië op het spel zetten.

“Als individu heb je nauwelijks controle over de omgeving, de werkelijkheid vormt zich terwijl je hulpeloos kijkt. Als kunstenaar en filmmaker zoek ik naar beelden waar ik grip op kan krijgen op de tijd. In mijn werk zoek ik momenten van ondersteuning. Het zijn menselijke ankers in een verslechterende, veranderende omgeving. De zoektocht naar dat wat blijft in een context die verdwijnt, vormt visuele benchmarks die, indien goed, zowel de pijn tonen als troosten.” – Rosh Abdelfatah

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Hoogtij #64 ONLINE – March 5th, 2021 – livestream via Facebook

Ten years ago a peaceful uprising (revolution) started in Syria. Since then, more than 6.1 million people have been displaced in their own country. In addition, more than 5.5 million people have fled abroad, most of them to a country in the region. In the past ten years, more than 400,000 people have lost their lives. The United Nations has called it the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

10 years INSYRIATED is a 10-year personal retrospective of the Syrian artist Rosh Abdelfatah, who was active in the Syrian Revolution and then involved in cultural projects in Northern Syria (Rojava). A work about the role and form of art within the revolution and about the people who risk their lives for freedom in Syria.

“As an individual you hardly have any control over the environment. Reality forms while you look at it helplessly. As a artist and filmmaker, I search for images where I can get a grip on time. In my work I look for moments of support. They are human anchors in a deteriorating, changing environment. The search for that which remains in a context that disappears, forms visual benchmarks that, if good, both show the pain and comfort it”. – Rosh Abdelfatah

About the artist

Rosh Abdelfatah is a Kurdish-Syrian artist, filmmaker and Artistic Director of Arab Film Festival Rotterdam who finished art school at the St. Joost Academy in Breda in 2006.

Currently he is making freelance productions for different Arabic TV stations and is working as an independent artist in Netherlands and Middle eEast. Rosh started “Het Jasmijn Plein” in 2011 in Rotterdam as a mirror for the revolutionaries in Syria to reflect on the situation that was going on at that time in Syria. This project was shown with art, video installation and various films and got tremendous media attention. Rosh visited the refugee camps around the Syrian-Turkish-Iraqi-Jordin border several times. Through these visits and his art projects he tries to give these unknown faces a voice in his work.

Visit Rosh’s Youtube channel.