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The Flying Land
1 December - 10 December 2017

Opening Reception and Hoogtij
Friday 1 December 2017 19:00-23:00
Performance: 19:30-20:00 by R-Muller Trio

Chen I-Chun, Chen Yung-Hsien, Heidi Vogels, Kang Ya-Chu, Lin Shu-Kai

Curator: Huang Shan-Shan

The exhibition highlights movement, migration and temporary residing status in contemporary societies to explore the definition of belonging and how homeland/resident is transformed and represented by art in the process. As people migrate and disperse, how do heterotopias appear between places and non-places in urban environment? How are they hidden, felt and represented in the daily scenarios?

The participant artists from Taiwan and Netherlands demonstrate how they contemplate and explore on migration and temporary dwelling, from perspectives of time, space and memory.

Just as the endless transformations, regenerations and developments in contemporary cities, The Flying Land illustrates the tidal currents in various public and private domains, travelling between histories and vision for the future, confessing our destined life of constant drifting and wandering.

Exhibition opening hours:
Fri. December 1 : 18:30-23:00
Sat. Sun. December 2, 3 : 13:00-18:00

Thu. December 7 : 16:00-20:00
Fri. Sat. Sun. December 8, 9, 10 : 13:00-18:00

Organizer: Zero In Art
Sponsor: National cultural and arts foundation, Taiwan
Cooperation: Quartair
Special thanks: Jut Foundation for Arts and Architecture, Der-Horng Art Gallery



Past events:


Resonating Field


Opening 6 November 2017 from 18:30 to 23:00

Première exhibition of the on-going research project Decomposing Landscape (2014)

Work by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Realized in collaboration with Azimuth, iii, Vera Mennens (KABK) and Quartair

Exhibition from November 6th - November 16th, 2017

As humans, we are ingrained with our landscapes, knowingly or unknowingly. Subject both of science and arts, the landscape functions as a mirror and a lens in which we see and hear the site we occupy, and ourselves as we perceive it, transform it, and personalize it through the agency of artistic experience. However, we have arguably entered the Anthropocene – a new geologic era, defined by unprecedented human disturbances over earth’s environment and ecosystems. In this era, climatic integrity of natural landscapes in re-emerging economies like India is endangered.

The audiovisual installation Resonating Field from the ongoing project Decomposing Landscape (2014 -) creates a discursive situation for critical as well as affective engagement with these environmentally and ecologically troubled sites. The work has been developed through a meticulous collection of materials from various environmentally affected sites in extensive fieldworks supported by Prince Claus Fund. By exhibiting on-going work, the project intends to sensitize the wider public consciousness about the devastating consequences of a profit-oriented development model for the humans and their habitual environments.

Resonating Field is presented in a multi-channel audio visual installation.

The production of the work was supported by Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam; ICST, Zurich University of the Arts. Camera: Ratheesh Ravindran; additional camera: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay; editing: Sreya Chatterjee; additional editing: Subhadeep Ghosh and Camilla Tiefensee Schrøder; still photography: Debanjan Bandyopadhyay; sound: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay.

Symposium Electro-acoustic Ecology: sound, environment and technology: November 6th, from 19:00
Prof. Marcel Cobussen, Leiden University
Jordan Lacey, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Justin Bennett, Sonology, The Hague
Matteo Marangoni, iii, The Hague
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, The Hague

Concert: Friday, 10th November, 2017, from 20:30
with works by:
Siamak Anvari
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Dario Giustarini
Francisco López
Sohrab Motabar
Vladimir Vlaev
Soeria van den Wijngaard

Exhibition from 6th to 16th November, 2017
Visiting hours: Thursdays and Fridays, from 17:00 to 20:00 | Saturdays from 14:00 to 17:00
Symposium: Monday, 6th November, 19:00 to 22:00
Concert: Friday, 10th November, 20:30 – 23:00
Soundwalk with Virginie Dubois: Saturday, 11th November, 15:00 – 17:00

Workshop Hyper-listening: Praxis with Budhaditya Chattopadhyay: Sunday, 12th November, 15:00 – 17:00

Quartair: Toussaintkade 55, Den Haag




Performance, Objects, Bodies

Exhibition from Sep 15th – Oct 7th, 2017

Works by: Natali Blugerman, Marit Mihklepp, Ludmila Rodrigues and Catinca Tilea
Presented by iii within the program of “Connect the Dots“, in collaboration with Quartair and TodaysArt festival.

In observing our relationship with objects, we see that it is not so clear where our bodies end and the inanimate world begins. Are we imparting life into the object or is the object allowing our bodies to express their vitality? The exhibition presents a series of works in which simple objects invite the audience to take part in playful and open ended experiences. Visitors become part of the works. These can be thought of as compositions that can be performed by anyone, much like the Fluxus text score “draw a straight line and follow it”, with the difference that the concepts here are embodied in objects rather then presented through text. Lack of virtuosity need not result in banality. As conceptual artist Robert Morris put it, “simplicity of form is not necessarily simplicity of experience”.

Performance, Objects, Bodies is presented in an open laboratory format, integrated within a 4 week long residency, during which 4 artists will be working in parallel at Quartair, developing and testing new ideas. At the end of each week, visitors are invited to come and participate in the artists’ process.

Opening: Friday, September 15th from 20:00 to 23:00
Exhibition from September 16th to October 7th:
Visiting hours: Thursdays and Fridays, from 17:00 to 20:00 | Saturdays from 14:00 to 17:00

Also open during Hoogtij#50 on Friday, September 29th between 17:00 and 23:00

Quartair: Toussaintkade 55, The Hague

Ludmila Rodrigues

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Anarchists, Squatters, Punks & …Yuppies?
Artists’ Initiatives in the Netherlands, from the 1980s to the Present

Friday, September 8, 2017, 19.00


An Evening to Celebrate Artists’ Initiatives

Anarchists, Squatters, Punks
photo: Hans-Christian Bouton

Friday, September 8, 2017, Doors open 18:30
Quartair, Toussaintkade 55, The Hague

Bringing together essential voices from artists’ initiatives, past and present, Quartair will host an event to consider the enduring influence of artist-run spaces in the Netherlands. The event merges three causes to celebrate: the launch of the two latest issues of Kunstlicht, which consider the means by which artists subvert and demystify power structures in art’s institutions and in public space; the launch of a new online publication series with Platform BK that will feature articles that delve into the history of artist-run spaces in the Netherlands from the 1980s/90s; and the 25th anniversary of Quartair, an artists' initiative that has itself been subverting conventions since 1992. At the crux of the event is the significance of the artists’ initiative as a space for unmitigated expression, with a focus on the important role such spaces have played in the Netherlands over the last three decades.

With short lectures at 19:00 by Angela M. Bartholomew (art historian, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, editor of Kunstlicht), Eva Fotiadi (art historian, UvA & AKV|St Joost), and Jack Segbars (artist, critic, co-founder of Platform BK).

A moderated discussion between influential figures from artists’ initiatives of the 1980s and 1990s and those spearheading recently launched spaces: Hans Scholten: De Zaak, Groningen (1979-1989); Menno Grootveld: Rabotnik TV, Amsterdam (1982-1998); Brieke Drost: Hooghuis (1985-2004) & Code Rood (De Kleine Kapel), Arnhem (2012- ); Tineke Reijnders: Independent art historian, preparing a book on artists initiatives in Amsterdam (1970-2010); Mike Rijnierse: Quartair, Den Haag (1992- ); Marjolein van de Ven: Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam (1997- ); Clara Palli Monguilod: 1646, Den Haag (2004- ); Maziar Afrassiabi: Rib, Rotterdam (2015- )

Closing with a performance of the Cumbia Lunática by the notorious Dick El Demasiado.


This event has been organized by Quartair and Angela Bartholomew, in collaboration with Tijdschrift Kunstlicht and Platform Beeldende Kunst.
With support from:




Saturday 2nd September 2017: Glacialen & Stadialen



Deze festivalavond met performances waarin nieuwe kunstwerken ontstaan brengt een ode aan kunstenaarsinitiatief Quartair dat dit jaar 25 jaar bestaat. Voor deze avond zijn zowel tekenaars en schilders als musici uitgenodigd die ter plaatse improviseren en muziek en beeld nader tot elkaar brengen. Dit alles geheel in lijn met het spontane, improviserende karakter van Quartair zelf. De kunstenaars maken gebruik van zowel analoge, fysieke middelen als projecties en de bijbehorende geluidsimprovisaties lopen uiteen van cello tot elektronische muziek.

Geluid is vluchtig en in tijd moeilijk navolgbaar door een schilder of tekenaar; tekenen is statisch en meer permanent van aard . Het ritme van beiden samen kan schuren en wringen of verrassen. Interessant is waar het ontroert of verwondering oproept. Waar wordt men stil of actief als toeschouwer? En waar ontstaat bijzondere nieuwe muziek of een grensverleggende kunstvorm? Laten de klanken zich verbeelden of laten de beelden zich verklanken?

Op deze avond kunt u dit experiment met een gevarieerd gezelschap van kunstenaars, musici en geïnteresseerden ervaren in de imposante ruimte van Quartair die een eigen rol uitoefent op de uitkomsten van deze samenwerking. Als tentoonstelling is dit naderhand te bezichtigen.

Artists & musicians: Daniëlle Davidson / Oorcontact with Ella Keijzer, Justin Bennett / BMB con., Floor van Keulen / Chieko Donker Duyvis, Jessy Rahman / Rob Bothof

Opening and performances: Saturday, 2nd of September 2017 at 18:00
Performances from 19:00 to 22:00

Opening hours: Sunday 3rd, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th of September from 13:00 to 17:00

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Arab Short Films Evening at Quartair

Arab Shorts

Arab Short Film Evening at Quartair
Wednesday - August 23rd, 2017

20:00 Doors open
20:30 Introduction of Arab Film Festival by Rosh Abdelfatah
21:00-22:35 Film screening: Arab Short film

The Arab Short films are about Poetry and Film, with special focus on the relation between images and spoken words.


Saturday By Mohamed Khalel

A sadness by any other name
By Reem Al-Shihabi

I Am Vertical
By  Hamda Al Qassimi

By Darine Hotait 

Travelling book
By Resmi Al Kafaji

By Baldin Ahmad

Free entrance. Quartair: Toussaintkade 55, The Hague

Arab Film Festival


Guest in Quartair: PS Festival: 25 June - 9 July 2017





P.S. brings an international performance art program to the Hague!

From 5th till 9th of July 2017 PS Festival offered a wide performance art program at Quartair. This year P.S. foundation invited the most prominent coaches to conduct the series of masterclasses dedicated to performance art.

Jürgen Fritz represents IPA (International Performance Association), while BBB Johannes Deimling is the main figure of PAS (Performance Art Studies). The two platforms introduce contrasting approaches to the live art. During the P.S. events they will share the podium and collaborate for the first time.

After a week of workshops, the central event took place: P.S. – This is Live! The Poetic in Performance Art

The performance art was explored from the point of view of the poetics.

How can we make something poetic visible? The quality of the subject might be alluring, sensitive, soft or, on the contrary, heavy, dramatic and dark. At the same time, the poetry of the topic might be humorous and absurd, gloomy and obscure or light and ephemeral. For the shows P.S. selected pieces where the poetic is reflected in a deep personal approach and the most sincere means of expression.

Presenting performance art pieces to the public is important, but it is also necessary to exchange and gather ideas. That’s why we introduce a Thought Wall. The opnions and reflections of the visitors will be collected and put on the wall to serve as an inspiration for the festival participants. Also next-morning-presentations, talks and discussions will take place, so that the artists can be asked about their works and the direct contact between the performers and the audience can be established.

Participants this year (selected artists):

BBB Johannes Deimling (DE), Heekyung Ryu (KOR), Ieke Trinks (NL), Jolijn de Wolf (NL), Jürgen Fritz (DE), Larysa Bauge (BLR), Linde Gadellaa (NL), Maarten Bel (NL), Michael Barrett (US), Nina Wijnmaalen (NL), Roos Hoffmann (NL), Sarah Atzori (IT), Somer Meijer (NL), Sonja B Berg en Illias Liosatos (FR), Teddy May de Kock (NL), Topp & Dubio (NL), Yvette Teeuwen (NL).

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Quartair celebrates 25 years!

This year Quartair is celebrating 25 years of existence with a series of shows, performances and collateral events that stretch between 2017-2018. The kick-off event will be Saturday, June 10th, with performances by
- Matteo Marangoni - Algorithmic Explosions (performance)
- Frame 25 - Marina Nicolai-Krylova & Dr Goldfinger (Indisch oriented soundsscapes).
- Audrey Lauro & Pak Yan (Experimentel freejazz combined with electronics)
- Melle & Suus (Country noir)
- Bistecchiño (Demented karaoke)
- Cultuurschok (Live electronica)
- Kenny Harder (Dance)

The celebration is followed by RADIO FORCE ONE, International Radio Festival - Part 1, hosted by Quartair from June 14 - 16, in partnership with The Cloudknitters, Antwerp. With interviews and performances by Melle de Boer, Moritz Ebinger, Topp & Dubio, Hedwig Kras and many more.

every day from 20.00 live broadcasting from:

Presentation: De Wolkenbreier / Leo Reijnders / Cloudknitters (

MONDAY 12 June (live on air between 16:00 and 18:00)
Live guest in the Wolkenbreierstudio Roeland Zijlstra (artist) and others.

WEDNESDAY 14 June open from 15:00 live on air between 20:00 and 23:00
Live guest in the Wolkenbreierstudio Moritz Ebinger (artist and radiomaker),
Joep Neefjes & Verbaal Signaal, Françoise van Hecke & Tareq Alsayed Yahya, (Voiceartist and Syrian top oerplayer, unique combination),
Jolanda Jansen (about This is LIVE , performancefestival) and others.

THURSDAY 15 June open from 15:00 live on air between 20:00 and 23:00
Live guests in the Wolkenbreierstudio:
DZJA Dieter Machielsen (A self produced Sounduniversum with the piano as central source. )
Topp & Dubio (performance)
Angela Bartholomew (arthistorian about artistinitiatives)
and others.

FRIDAY 16 June open from 15:00 hour live on air between 20:00 and 23:00
Live guest in the Wolkenbreierstudio
Tom Tiest (gitarist and composer of The Valerie Solanas, improvisation)
Michael Karr (audio visuall composer) and others.

Toussaintkade 55
Den Haag

With support from: ....Stroom Den Haag..............cloudknitters...........



Guest at Quartair


Festival Designkwartier:
Vrijdag 19 t/m zondag 21 mei

Expositie “in Stijl’: Quartair:
vrijdag 19 mei t/m zondag 28 mei 2017
dagelijks tussen 11:00 en 18:00 uur

Toussaintkade 55, Den Haag




Friday, 28 April 2017

Film: Salò, or 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975)
Introduction by Amir Vodka and Guest Speaker Manuel Beltrán

19:30 Doors open
20:00 Talks
21:00 Film Screening
23:00 Discussion

Cinema Quartair is a film program dedicated to underground, freakish and deranged films, with a flexible format, providing an uncanny experience. Cinema Quartair is a program which you wouldn’t find on the big screen, from abstract films, to extreme exploitation movies. Once a month we explore forbidden cinematic pleasures with guaranteed mind blowing effects.

Why Salò?

The notorious final film by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom has been condemned as nauseating, shocking, depraved and pornographic. But it’s also a masterpiece, for those who can stomach it. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation to Fascist Italy in 1944 remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in.

Introduction by Amir Vodka: "Sade My Neighbor" - Pasolini's Sade according to Pierre Klossowski

Guest Speaker Manuel Beltrán: "Fascism, Violence and Media" - An overview on its form and perception from 1975-2017

Manuel Beltrán

Manuel Beltrán (ESP/NL) is an artist, activist, and researcher. His artworks have been featured in museums and galleries in The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Serbia, Italy, Austria and Poland. He researches and lectures on contemporary art, activism, contemporary social movements, post-digital culture and new media. As an activist, he was involved in the Indignados movement in Spain, the Gezi Park protests in Turkey and several forms of independent activism and cyber-activism in Europe and beyond. In 2012 he co-founded the art collective Plastic Crowds, since 2013 he is head and co-founder of the nomadic school and artistic organization Alternative Learning Tank and in 2015 founded the Institute of Human Obsolescence. Beltrán lives and works in The Hague. Read more on:

Pay what you want!

Cinema Quartair is a collaboration between Quartair and Amir Vodka


Guest in Quartair:

3 March till 26 March 2017

‘Technology is not neutral. We’re inside of what we make, and it’s inside of us.
We’re living in a world of connections, and it matters which ones get made and unmade.’

Donna Haraway

A saltwater basin, growing clay sculptures, mechanical pop-up objects, light and sound. Three autonomous works by three different artists move, change over time, influence one another, connect with each other and form an unexpected whole that exceeds the sum of its parts. The Inside Out, The Outside In is inspired by the works of philosopher Donna Haraway, who writes about the perception of time and the possibility of Chthulucene, a state of symbiosis between different organisms.
The Inside Out, The Outside In is a project by Merel Noorlander (, Ana Oosting ( and Mirko Lazovic (

OPENING Friday 3 March from 19:00 till 22:00 hour.
Open: 4 March till 26 March on Friday till Sunday 13:00 - 18.00 hour.

Friday 10 March‘Hoogtij’ with performances
17 and 24 March lectures/readings with philosophers and critics followed by film in collaboration with Cinema Quartair.
Tour by the artists on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, and by request.

More info on Inside Out, The Outside In

Review Den Haag Centraal 16 -03-2017 (in Dutch) PDF

Opening by Martijn Verhoeven coordinator fine Art KABK

With thanks to:





Vrijdag 17 March

7.00 pm - doors open / installation ON
7.30 pm - lecture Ruben Beentjes, literatuur wetenschapper (Dutch)
8.00 pm - pause / installation ON
8.30 pm - film screening 'Tetsuo, the Iron Man' by Shin'ya Tsukamoto (1989)
including brief introduction by Amir Vodka (English).

Cinema Quartair in collaboration with 'The Inside Out, The Outside In'.

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Higher by Spinning - Quartair in Sarajevo 8 - 11 February 2017

33rd International Festival ‘Sarajevo Winter’ Sarajevska Zima 2017

Exhibition/Performances/Talks with:
Paul Donker Duyvis, Pierfrancesco Gava, Young-Gyu Kim, Astrid Nobel,
Lieke Peeters, Ludmila Rodrigues,Mike Rijnierse, Pietertje van Splunter, Maria Tsagkari.

Curated by: Jessy Theo Rahman

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Artist Talks February 11th at 2 pm
Venue: Charlama Gallery Terezija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Photo: Vernissage at Charlama on February 8th, 2017



2 february 2017


Opening event: Shivers (David Cronenberg, 1975)

Cinema Quartair is a new film program dedicated to underground, freakish and deranged films, screened within a special atmosphere to provide an uncanny experience.
A program which you wouldn’t find on the big screen, from abstract films to extreme exploitation movies. Once a month (always on Thursday!) we’ll explore forbidden cinematic pleasures with guaranteed mind blowing effects.
Our monthly program will include occasional performances, installations, talks, related music, food, and of course – drinks, a menu that will reflect the content of each occasion - a partnership with film programmer Amir Vodka. All films are in English or with English subtitles.

Doors open at 20:00
Film starts at 20:30
Entrance: Pay what you want

Warm-up before the screening with homemade popcorn and Bloody Mary's!
We have some heating, but you're welcome to bring your own blanket.