Echoes of Reflection: What Remains in Light of Change

Coming Hoogtij#76, Friday December 1st, six contemporary makers from the masters Non Linear Narrative (Royal Academy of Art/KABK), will be showcasing their thesis research in a playful and open manner. In this event a myriad of complex topics regarding care, cultural identity, gender, knowledge, light and death will be explored. Despite the multiplicity of these projects, there is a cohesive undercurrent that binds all of these artistic practices together: the concept of change. All of the works deal with a change or transformation, be it in a philosophical, ideological, cultural or physical manner, that responds to and questions the way we navigate through society.  

Echoes Of Reflection: What Remains in Light of Change includes works by Alessandro Caccuri, Marta Cuccurullo, Lode Dijkers, Kai Jiao, Michela Meliddo and NVDP.


During Let’s Swagger, we will look back 30+ years into Quartair’s early collaborations, screening the fashion show of SWAGGER’s collection 92/93 and hosting a quiz-concert by Mono Lisa, followed by a DJ set of Jan Sun.

Swagger’s fashion show took place in our primal times, exactly on 20 September 1992. Designers were Ann Demeulmeester, Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, Orson & Bodil, Dirk Bikkembergs, The “Duffer” of St. George. Mono Lisa was also one of the first bands to ever perform in our space, in 1991.

Dress up! Dress with a swag!

Saturday, October 28th, 2023
doors open 19.30
screening Swagger Fashion Show 20.00
Mono Lisa quiz-concert at 21.00

Mono Lisa consists of Wim van Egmond (Guitar), Harrie Busser (Guitar), Frans Beskers (Guitar), Patrick Pruisken (Drums & Keybords), and Peter Belt (Bass). Mono Lisa was also one of the first bands to perform in our space in 1991.

Thirty-two years ago, Mono Lisa played at our project space before Quartair’s name even came to be. The band then realized that this event would be the pinnacle of their success and decided to stop right there to pursue other careers. Two years ago, with the three decades of Quartair’s anniversary approaching, they teamed up again to play their music and celebrate the big event. Then what to play was the question. While their own material would be obviously too complex, it would also be too subtle for the abominable acoustics of Quartair’s space. They decided to hand-pick a selection of almost forgotten pop songs that might work for the occasion. Because some of the songs may be barely recognizable, Mono Lisa will transform their concert into a musical quiz, where the audience actively participates in the guessing and listening game.

See you at Quartair! And dress up!
Toussaintkade 55
The Hague

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Two Hiccups

Photo documentation of an evening of performances around food cultures – from growing, preparing, cooking, desiring, tasting and digesting. Museumnacht Den Haag 7 October 2023

Photos by Helena Roig

With works by Alejandra López, Cecilie Fang, Jana Romanova, Lars Holdhus, Marcin Liminowicz, Nael Quraishi, Trang Hà, Zeyep Burça Oral and Andrejs Polkans.

Dj set by Yunque.

Curated by Trang Hà and Andrejs Polkans.

Photos by Ludmila Rodrigues

Hiccups series

One cannot sing and eat at the same time, to sing is to starve, to eat is to be in silence. The dichotomy proposes a field of speculation regarding materiality, consumption and human relation to the environment (nature/culture). Hiccups is an exhibition involving culinary practices, sound and visual arts. The curatorial interest stems from the intersection of these practices. Curators Trang Hà and Andrejs Poikāns invite local and international artists to reflect on this topic and to create multisensory works.

One Hiccup Hoogtij #74 Friday 29th September, doors from 19:00 to 23:00.
Two Hiccups Museumnacht, Saturday 7 October, doors open at 20:00 to 1:00.

One Hiccup, the first of the series, will be a film screening featuring local and international artists working with the themes of culinary, sound, and visual arts. In addition to the film screenings, the event will also feature three exhibited works. On 29th September during Hoogtij #74, One Hiccup will celebrate culinary practices through means of sound and visuals. With works by:

Alejandra López (ES) @ale_looma
Cecilie Fang (DK/CN) @ceciliefang
Jana Romanova (RU) @janarom
Marcin Liminowicz (PL) @mliminowicz
Nael Quraishi (UK/PK) @naelquraishi
Trang Hà (VN) @terrafic.soup

The theme of the event was initially based on a performance by Trang Hà—Cuisine (du) Terror, an elaborate dinner experience that allows an interplay between food, sound, and storytelling.

Cuisine (du) Terror pleads for a recalibration of knowledge: it concerns the question of who is cooking and who/what is cooked. The trendy culinary technique called sous-vide reveals our vulnerability in the face of global warming. The fact that animal flesh can be cooked already from 53°C, lower than the boiling temperature of water, suggests that parts of the world are being slow-cooked without their inhabitants being aware of it.

Within this context, heat becomes a speculative tool for learning and unlearning, “decomposing” preconceptions and re-assembling them into new narratives. The possibilities for these narratives are endless and might not adhere to the conventional boundaries of nature and culture; instead, they reside in the undefined areas, akin to grey zones, to glitches and hiccups. Thus the title “Hiccups”, drawing an analogy to the sudden and “repeated spasms in the diaphragm that one can’t control”, conveys a similar anecdote. It serves as a reminder of the unpredictable yet familiar processes of material existence, where the goal is not to pursue certainty but to embrace uncertainty as a nest of possibilities.

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The following event of the series, “Two Hiccups”, will take place during The Hague’s Museum Night, or Museumnacht, on Saturday, October 7th, from 20:00 to 1:00, with experimental food and sound performances.

One Hiccup • 29 September 2023 • Hoogtij #74 • Photos by Dana La Monda

Summer’s Gate – A Celebration of Variable Shapes

Join us on the evening of July 9th for a dinner and exhibition centered around variable shapes, curated by Céline Hurka and Studio Pointer* as part of their collaborative project Variable Lab. On this occasion, Céline Hurka will also be celebrating the launch of her new type foundry.

Sunday, July 9th, from 7pm to 1am.
Free entrance.

Dinner installation by Mattia Papp, Trang Ha, and Sarah Catlow (Gutflora).

Contributions by Eurowitch, Fatima Ferrari, Torus, Seraina Fässler, Alexander Webber, Yamuna Forzani, and Huw Williams. With many more visual contributions by friends and colleagues.

Photos by Dana LaMonda

Summer’s Gate was generously supported by Stroom Den Haag & Stimuleringsfonds.


24 juni t/m 2 juli 2023
Opening: zaterdag 24 juni 17.30
Openingstijden zondag t/m zondag 12.00 – 17.30

Deelnemende fotografen: Bas Sauren • Dick Termond • Martine de Wit • Mim (Myriam) Robert • Mirjam Koch-Rose • Lieke Zweekhorst

Lieke Zweekhorst: Joshua Tree

ZIEN – een afstudeerexpositie georganiseerd door zes studenten van de Nederlandse Academie voor Beeldcreatie Rotterdam (NAVB).

Photo: Bas Sauren

Tijdens deze expositie zullen er zes verschillende en unieke fotografieprojecten worden getoond. Het uiteenlopende werk verhoudt zich tussen persoonlijke en maatschappelijke onderwerpen, waarbij publiek wordt uitgenodigd na te denken over waarnemen, innerlijke processen en eigen handelen.

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robe bleu, fond rouge #2

19 mei t/m 11 juni 2023
opening vrijdag, 19 mei om 19:00 uur
openingstijden vrijdag t/m zondag, 13:00-17:30
Hoogtij, vrijdag 26 mei, 19:00-23:00

Deelnemende kunstenaars: Robine Clignett, Andreas Exner (DE), Helen Frik, Marcos Kueh (MY), Jacqueline Peeters, Caro Rambonnet, Jochem Rotteveel, Rutger de Regt, Walter Swennen (BE)

Jochem Rotteveel

Robe bleu, fond rouge #2 – Onder dezelfde naam vindt iedere twee jaar in mei een tentoonstelling plaats in de ruimte van Quartair. De tentoonstelling wordt samengesteld door de kunstenaars Nies Vooijs, Annemieke Louwerens en Pietertje van Splunter en geeft iedere twee jaar een update op de staat van de schilderkunst gezien vanuit Den Haag.

De titel van de tentoonstelling robe bleu, fond rouge is een gedeelte uit een titel van een schilderij van Matisse, deze luidt volledig ‘La petite pianiste, robe bleu, fond rouge’. Een prachtig schilderij, met ook een mooie titel, die in een notendop heel precies aangeeft wat schilderen feitelijk is. Namelijk, verf op doek, vorm en kleur. Blauwe jurk, rode achtergrond. De titel is treffend omdat het formele ervan, het sec opsommen wat er te zien is op het schilderij zo in contrast staat met wat niet in woorden kan worden uitgedrukt. Dat is de magie van schilderen, van beeldende kunst. Een passende titel voor deze tentoonstelling waarbij het accent nadrukkelijk op het visuele ligt. De titel benadrukt het proces van de kunstenaars, de intuïtie die daarbij gebruikt wordt en de vrijheid en noodzaak om keuzes te maken tijdens het maakproces. Robe bleu, fond rouge laat een manier van verbeelden zien, een mentaliteit. Kunst maken lijkt in alle opzichten een absurde bezigheid. Het werk, het beeld, was er eerst niet, niemand heeft erom gevraagd. Juist dàt maakt het waardevol, oneindig en schept vrijheden. Betekenis geven aan het schijnbaar irrelevante, het nutteloze. Een daad van toewijding van de kunstenaar. Het volgen van dat proces is voor ons één van de belangrijkste uitgangspunten voor robe bleu, fond rouge #2.

The Eternal (detail) Helen Frik, 2015

Met dank aan Stroom Den Haag, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussel, en Cor Car Classics, Wateringen.

Download persbericht in Word (.docx) hier.

Weird Angles – Hoogtij 10 March

For this edition of Hoogtij #73 we present Weird Angles, with works by Gerco de Ruijter, Thom Vink, and radio collaboration with RadioTonka bringing DJs dsrpturs, Margarita, 4/4 en Robber. Doors open at 19.00. Free entrance.

Besides screening the film ‘Grid Corrections XL’ by Gerco de Ruijter (2018), Quartair artist Thom Vink shows a new photo installation, and Radio Tonka presents an audio-visual performance by Zethera Elektrika at 19.30, 21.00 & 22.30.

RadioTonka is live from Quartair from 23:00 to 03:00 AM on Den Haag FM.

RadioTonka is The Hague’s underground radio station, since 1994. Next to a diverse night broadcast program on DenHaag FM, RadioTonka functions as a roaming stage and platform, supporting djs and musicians, with a focus on new talent, experimentation and artistic growth.

Sinds 1994 is RadioTonka het alternatieve radiostation van Den Haag. Naast decdagelijkse nachtradio programmering op DenHaag FM, fungeert RadioTonka als een nomadisch podium en platform ter ondersteuning van dj’s en muzikanten, toegespitst op nieuw talent, experiment en artistieke groei.

Zethera Elektrika presents a new koncept of reality that tackles the kore fundamental problems of the universe that we are konfronted, preventing us from kreating a utopia that lies within reach of us all.

Zethera Elektrika reveals the true nature of the divine force that lies at the essence of our being and shapes our realities, and guides all that lives and is blessed with the power of konsiousness.

About ‘Grid Corrections XL’ by Gerco de Ruijter (2018)

After the US Civil War in 1785 president Thomas Jefferson established a grid-system in order to allocate the North American West. This so called “Thomas Jefferson Grid” was made by superimposing a rectangular grid on the earth surface, drawn from exact square miles.
Since a round earth does not lend itself to a repeating network of equal-sized squares, the checkerboard of roads is fractionally shifted.
Take a square piece of paper, wrap it around an orange and observe the tapering folds in the paper, If you want to cover the earth with checkerboards, you can only do so if you outsmart the folds in the paper. The system has to be corrected in order to continue as though nothing has been corrected.

The north-south boundaries in the grid are on the lines of longitude, which converge to the north. The roads that follow these boundaries must dogleg every twenty-four miles to counter the diminishing distances: It is easy to see in Google Earth how these repeated corrections have produced fascinating crossroads: T-Junctions, straight or curved, and always inventive.

Gerco de Ruijter collected hundreds of these corrections and created this stop-motion film as a dazzling way of how humanity has tried to exert control over the earth. Nature may seem stronger than humanity, but at the same time humans constantly manage to overcome nature with their boundless inventiveness.

Grid Corrections (The Book) was published by nai010:

The film was made possible with the generous support of the Mondrian Fund, Amsterdam.

Non Linear Narrative Tech Week

Workshop 16-20 January 2023

Continuing the project started in 2022, Quartair hosted the KABK masters of Non Linear Narrative Tech Week, with a workshop led by artists Martijn van Boven and Gert-Jan Prins, exploring the full sound spectrum to find relationships between bandwidths with respect to energy transfer, clock speed and environmental impact. Work sessions included deep listening practices, writing sessions, electronic circuit building, signal recording and signal transformation. 

Martijn van Boven is a visual artist from Amsterdam, with a focus on experimental films and computer generated art. His work is expressed through installations, films, collaborations with composers, and cinema performances.

Gert-Jan Prins is a sound artist who focuses on the sonic and musical qualities of electronic noise and percussion and investigates its relationship with the visual. While he started his career as a drummer, his works include performances, sound-installations, compositions, electronic circuits.

Photos by Roel Backaert

Garden of Aether

An evening where Adam Centko shared his latest project, commissioned by Slargwerk Den Haag. Drinks and bites designed by Trang Ha and Alejandra Lopez Martinez. DJs: Andre Miranda and Ola Rubik.

“Garden of Aether” is a simulation artwork that combines 3D aesthetics, game engine mechanics, and sounds by Slagwerk Den Haag to create a conceptual narrative dealing with sustainability and reflecting on the invisible infrastructures that fuel the digital environments.

Adam intended to create a new kind of moving image, one that will be ever-changing and never the same, but also keeps moving image structure and has a beginning and end. The medium of a computer simulation is about giving up control and actively becoming an observer. The confined digital landscape and the physical hardware give the viewer a unique perspective that draws analogies from the world around them. The mechanics of the simulation are inspired by the Anthropocene. As long as the characters keep producing sculptures and altering the natural environment, the temperature will keep on rising. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the characters are programmed to do.
The sculptures that the NPCs build are not only visual, but each one also contains a sonic element designed by Frank Bink, a member of SDH. These sonic elements populate the landscape and are accurately delivered to the viewer using a quadraphonic speaker setup. Each new sculpture introduces a new sample, creating a cacophony of three-dimensional sounds. The landscape then becomes both visually and sonically saturated.

The project is developed in Unreal Engine 5. The 3D assets have been created using VR sculpting, Blender, and Substance Painter. The hardware is placed within a custom-built PC case, which has been laser-cut from an aluminum sheet and then bent into the shape of a rib cage.

Centko is a lens-based artist observing the intricate workings of our ecosystem. Specifically zooming in on the role of technology in the nature as a whole, Adam believes that the relationship between nature and tech isn’t binary, but rather that even the most advanced human feats are just extension of nature. He strives to shine light on this connection using various media such as video and 3D animation. The artist is currently supported by the Stimuleringsfonds Talent Development Grant. Adam Centko thanks the support of Trang Ha, Carmen Roca Igual, Laimonas Zakas and Mike Rijnierse at Quartair, October 13th, 2022.

Concept/3D art Adam Centko
Lead development Eusebi Jucglà
Audio Samples Frank Bink
Production David Veneman
Typeface (Tonka) Celine Hurka
Website Manus Nijhoff
3D modeling Samuel Rynearson
Commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag

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