The Automatic Self (and the gifted hand) De titel duidt op het feit dat tekenen handwerk is. Het is een directe handeling die uitdrukking geeft aan een gedachte. Het verwijst naar de menselijke behoefte om de werkelijkheid vast te leggen en te controleren. Wellicht tekenen we om de chaos te beteugelen, door alles te registreren en vast te leggen. Tegelijkertijd is dat ook een onmogelijkheid, denk aan het ongecontroleerde, het toeval of de vergetelheid. In hoeverre spelen omstandigheden, toeval en automatische mechanismen een rol in het werk van de kunstenaar, in dit geval de ‘tekenaar’? Wat gebeurd er in ons hoofd als we zonder er bij na te denken een krabbel maken op een bierviltje, of diep verzonken zijn in een detail van een tekening, terwijl we tegelijkertijd aan het piekeren zijn wat we vanavond weer gaan eten? En laat deze ‘skill’ die de kunstenaar bezit een authentieke versie van zichzelf zien? Wat gebeurt er als je het tekenen laat uitvoeren door een machine en als het handschrift niet meer van de maker zelf, maar van een apparaat is? Deze tentoonstelling toont tekeningen op snijvlak van het controleerbare en oncontroleerbare en geeft inzicht in dit spanningsveld.
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 will show a new photo installation, and Radio Tonka presents an audio-visual performance by Zethera Elektrika at 19.30, 21.00 & 22.30.
RadioTonka will be live from Quartair from 23:00 to 03:00 AM on Den Haag FM.
EN 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.
NL 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.
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.
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.
The North Sea, our neighbour who constantly pushes the boundaries, leaving behind a line that reveals who lived here thousands of years ago, but also shows what is wrong at this moment. Anyone who regularly walks along the tide line, finds fossil bones and trees, but also plastic, paraffin, oil and dead animals.
Currently, the North Sea is quickly being transformed into an industrial area. To maintain the habit of ever-growing consumption and extraction, while attempting to become more sustainable at the same time. Furthermore, drastic technological plans are being developed to eventually stop the rising water. And it was already busy.
Four artists–Tanja Engelberts, Sheng-Wen Lo, Astrid Nobel, and Laura Schippers– show how they are connected to the North Sea and how they deal with the pressure on the sea.
See you at Hoogtij #71 this Friday, 25 November, from 19:00 to 23:00.
OpeningNeighbour North Sea: Friday, November 4 at 19:00
Exhibition: from November 5 to 27, Fridays to Sunday, 13:00 – 17:00 and by appointment.
Tanja Engelberts investigates how to document landscapes that are no longer visible. These landscapes range from artificial islands to the endless North Sea, and are often related to the fossil fuel industry. She immersed herself in the industrial landscape of the North Sea by traveling along with maintenance ships and speaking with offshore employees. The landscape takes shape by means of films, prints, sound and texts in which the atmosphere and experience of these places is recorded. www.tanjaengelberts.eu
Sheng-Wen Lo’s work investigates the relationships between non-humans and contemporary society, often taking daily experiences as points of departure. In 2021, he attempted to become a seaweed farmer, as the practice is being hailed as the most sustainable form of farming in many parts of Europe. During the process, he began to wonder if the collective passion towards expanding ocean farming has a problematic outlook. www.shengwenlo.com
The work of Astrid Nobel consists of paintings, sculptures and installations. Time, consciousness and nature are recurring themes. Recently, she has been working on topics related to the North Sea and the Wadden Sea area (Waddenzee) and how dreams and thinking about the landscape are evolving in the midst of the climate crisis. For this exhibition she has transformed North Sea materials she found herself, such as fossil bones and washed up oil, into works in which the sea, its inhabitants, pollution and the house in which we live and dream are interwoven. www.astridnobel.nl
In the run-up to the exhibition, Laura Schippers collected special observations and experiences of people at sea and continued to work on the rebuilding of her ship Atlas in preparation for the self-sufficient and nomadic project Atlas Initiative. Ultimately, these paths crossed and together formed the installation: ‘Potential material for a change of mentality’. Which is about both the possibility of change and the paradox of using materials for sustainable purposes. www.atlasinitiatief.org
Workshop Cooking Local Seaweed by Sheng-Wen Lo on Saturday, November 5 at 14:00 (approx. 2 hrs).
Rights of Nature Lecture by international environmental law expert Jessica den Outer and performance by Tanja Engelberts and Marcel Imthorn on Thursday, November 17 at 19:00. Lecture will be in English. Free entrance.
Guest speaker Jessica den Outer works as an independent consultant, writer and speaker on the rights of nature. She has been involved in the rights of nature movement since 2017. In 2019 she was recognized as one of the youngest Earth-centered law experts within the United Nations’ Harmony with Nature Network. In 2020 she obtained a place in the ‘Duurzame Jonge 100’ (the top 100 most sustainable young pioneers in the Netherlands). She has since set up various campaigns advocating for the rights of nature. Her first book with Laura Burgers: Rights of Nature: Case-Studies From Six Continents (Embassy of the North Sea) was released in September 2021. www.jessicadenouter.com
Neighbour North Sea is made possible thanks to Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting Stokroos, Pauwhof Fonds, Stroom Den Haag, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and Productiehuis Plaatsmaken.
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
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
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.”
Back to Normal is loosely based on the recurring idea of “normality” after the pandemic, and more recently challenged by the emergence of the war. The exhibition runs from July 1st to 24th, involving twelve artistic initiatives: Quartair, Billytown, Hgtomi Rosa, Trixie, Artisterium, Flux Factory, U10, Sandwich Gallery, 16/16, C5cnm, MA Project, Uniarte.
Raily Stiven Yance (Venezuela, 1989) likes to explore the edges of art with his oil paintings on paper, installations, and sculptures. Graduated in Plastic Arts from the University of Zulia, Venezuela. From an early age he has won awards and has participated in forty exhibitions and salons. In the past years Yance has given workshops and presented a solo show both in Curaçao and Aruba. He is now working on a new body of work whereby he makes studies of drawings of the nearby horizons and landscapes of Curaçao, Aruba, and between the Venezuelan coasts. His further references are also the characteristic architecture of the local heritage present on these islands. From this study, he makes unique syntheses through oil paintings on paper, exploring the ontological urgency he had since he was young.
Elene Rakviashvili (1966) multidisciplinary artist. Her practice utilizes all media and works with a conceptual approach. Her work is often site-specific and includes issues of identity, social status, gender, and ecology. Rakviashvili is interested in exploring the cultural differences, and present attitudes toward the social and environmental aspects in the relation to everyday life within the prism of history and cultural heritage. Graduated from the State Academy of Fine Arts, 1993, Painting. Lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Manuchar Okrostsvaridze (1974) multimedia artist. Field of activity includes painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. From the beginning of 2000th his art has been influenced by conceptualism and post-minimalism. His works vary from minimalist drawings to site-specific installations and public sculptures. Has been participating in exhibitions since 1996. Activities over the past decade include independent projects as well as co-operations with the art galleries and independent curators. Graduated from the State Academy of Arts, 1998 (MFA), Painting. Lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Lehna Huie (1988) is a multi-disciplinary artist and cultural worker of Jamaican heritage. Her work concentrates on themes such as soul, migration, nonlinear time and remembrance. as a means to recover untold narratives of those whose lived experiences have been erased and distorted by the chronicles of colonialism. Huies works are reflected through weaving multiple visual art forms as cultural vignettes rooted in an archival practice. Varying in scale, medium and surface, Lehna draws together clusters of accumulated art pieces, personal and found objects by using unique approaches to representational portraiture. Huie lives and works in New York City, USA
Dana LaMonda is a photographer and artist who captures images that only she is able to find through her a personal and upright way of working. In recent years she has immersed herself into the social groups she is seeking to portray. This form of research is intensely participatory and involves a great deal of sympathy for the subjects. This allows for the creation of a natural atmosphere where her subjects and their respective environments are released of any reserve. It is her candid frankness and sincere curiosity in people which enables her through photography to reveal to the viewers a social environment that would otherwise remain closed. One example is in project The Velvet Zone, where she became part of the “family” of a brothel.
Barney de Krijger (1944) has a long career as multimedia artist and initiator of former artist initiative Stichting Archief. De Krijger uses the idiom of recycling, slow analogue media (cinematography, photography, stereo-photography) and their diverse processes form the main issue in drawings, objects and installations. His method consists of recordings, perception and intriguing objects which were merged together into one installation. This assemblages go primarily by way of the association. Re-use and copying are the key, because both the objects and ideas have already been in other contexts and proven their worth. De Krijger works and lives in Lamswaarde, Zeeland NL.
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.
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 >
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.
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.