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

Read more on:
garden-of-aether.com
adamcentko.com

Eigen beweging

Stretching reality, images, drawings and paint work

A duo show with Ellen Endhoven Dwight Marica
from 16th to 25th September 2022

Ellen Endhoven and Dwight Marica studied at the Willem de Koooning, having graduated in 1997. Dwight was the founder of Cucosa, Rotterdam (1998-2012). In 2012 Ellen started Portable Collective after years organising underground exhibitions. For nine years they have been sharing a studio and collaborating under the moniker Marica Endhoven. In Eigen beweging they show an overview of their artworks at both Quartair and Ruimtevaart.

Opening on Friday, 16 September at 20.00, doors open at 19:00

Exhibition:
Saturday 17 Sep 13.00–17.00
Sunday 18 Sep 13.00–17.00
Wednesday 21 Sep 13.00–17.00
Thursday 22 Sep 13.00–17.00
Friday 23 Sep 13.00–17.00 and during Hoogtij#70 19.00–23.00
Saturday 24 Sep 13.00–17.00
Sunday 25 Sep 13.00–17.00

Dwight Marica

About the artists
The city, people and society are an inexhaustible source of inquiry for Ellen Endhoven’s works. In her collages, drawings, paintings, murals, stickers, animations, 3D objects and installations one sees, at first glance, everyday things. Though if you look further, you will see a representation of our human shortcomings and unrealistic expectations.
In 2019 she started to create intricate ink-drawings of waves. They evolved during the pandemic, with all debates, beliefs, and the rise of fake news, while the world had stopped. This context helped her develop more abstract works. Besides the social aspect in the work it also tackles environmental questions.

Dwight Marica explores new techniques and insights, in search of the most suitable expression, to arrive at new art forms. An important guiding principle in his work is the investigation of the absolutely abstract, through physics and psychology.
“I want to continue to amaze the audience, but especially myself, by letting us experience performances that are written in a new, developing visual language.
I try to scare reality, stretch its boundaries, activate the mind, to add something timeless to reality.”

Quartair
Toussaintkade 55,
The Hague

needs must (when the devil drives)

Needs Must is a piece of avant-garde theatre created and performed by Petra van Beuningen and Charlie Watkins. Petra’s theatre talent, recognised in numerous theatrical projects, combines with Charlie’s Shitcluster experience to create a quirky tale of sex and violence spread over 60 minutes. The piece will be performed four times with technical support from Rob Bothof.

Entry is free with no seat reservation. First come, first served basis, with maximum 50 visitors per performance. Once visitors are admitted, the doors will be closed and the performance will begin with no further admittance. Please come in plenty of time.

Friday 17 June doors open at 20.00
Saturday 18 June doors open at 15.00
Saturday 18 June doors open at 20.00
Sunday 19 June 22 doors open at 15.00

The bar will open after each performance with musical entertainment.

The Other Book 2022

This year we proudly receive the second edition of The Other Book, the artists’ book fair with over 60 independent book makers alongside HOK and the Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag.

Fri 27 May   19.00-23.00   Opening Hoogtij
Sat 28 May   13.00-19.00   Exhibition
Sun 29 May   13.00-19.00   Exhibition followed by after party

The second edition of The Other Book, from May 27 to 29, is 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 provides 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.

After Party Sunday, May 29, 20:30: performances by Jezus Cinco, Strict Nurse and Gökay Atabek, from Vølksamt!. Read more >

VENUES
Quartair
Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag
HOK

theotherbook.eu

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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

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

NL
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

EN
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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