Guest studio 2: Petra Halkes and René Price (CA)

Petra and René doing their thing

Guest studio 3: Lenke Sifko

DCR time. What great time it is...

The past few weeks I have spent a great deal of my time watching people.
Watching myself watching people.
Watching people watch me watching them.

I am continually astounded by the amount of communication that can occur between individuals who do not ever speak with voice to one and another, and without a doubt, I relish the myriad of conversations I have with those with whom I also receive the benefit of verbal dialogue as well as the magic of the unspoken.

Guest studio 2: Petra Halkes & Rene Price

Here we are now, in Guest studio 2 at the DCR and having a great time. My name is Petra Halkes, and I will be here with my husband Rene Price until the end of December. We live in Ottawa, but I was born in The Hague, a long time ago. I emigrated to Canada in 1967.

Guest studio 3: Lenke Sifko

Lenke Sifko is a Canadian video artist (also designer/illustrator) and she will be staying with us untill the end of this year.

"In perception, we are given the ability to witness so much, yet retain only a small fraction of that which surrounds us, in all senses. We view such a small sliver of existence.

Guest studio 2: Boris Németh

Slovak photographer Boris Németh is traveling a lot through the country. Nederland door Slowaakse ogen (on dutch-doc)
Here some fresh works:

Guest studio 1: Lou Galopa

Some works of the exhibition Galopa was working on during her stay in the DCR. A group exhibition in Quartair with Paavo Halonen (FIN), Raakel Kuukka (FIN), Toos Nijssen (NL) and Outi Pieski (FIN).

Guest studio 2: Boris Németh

9 October, welcomelunch Boris Németh

Jaap Schreeren
Dieuwertje Komen
Nadine Stijns
Caroline Grijsen
Petrina Hicks
Sara Carlier
Martijn van de Griendt
Annelies Kuiper

Guest studio 3: Petrina Hicks

Petrina is working on a new series of photos in her studio...

... collecting reference material.

Guest studio 2: Marieke Verbiesen

Opening yesterday in ZAAL5, great work! Visitor (Eelco) is playing the leading role :)

Guest studio 1: Lou Galopa

Lou Galopa, staying with us this month, is working on her installation in Quartair:
'...Every day I'll make the house of the day with objets I found in the street. Each small scupture is combined with a drawing.
I have a lot of houses (I travelled a lot) but I'm looking for my home. I feel at home only in the water. So I imagine for the installation a waterhouse. It's now in progress....'

The exhibition Calling Home aims to put emphasis on the concept of home and to discuss its different representations. Although home is represented and referred to in diverse ways in different times, cultures and regions, in the end it is a universal concept. We all come from somewhere, although this place usually considered as home might never have existed as a "real", physical place or might only be captured in past tense. Home is not a building but it can be built in mind.

Home is an important constructor of identity. The American sociologist Kath Woodward has once said that "identity only becomes an issue when it is in crisis". When the stability, continuity and safety of home is for some reason questioned, threatened or totally lost also identity becomes an issue. Feelings of alienation and dis/misplacement might be caused by being in one place but longing for another, sensing home in different environments or in no place at all. Still, alienation does not solely come out from being abroad from home, physically far from the place of origin, but might as well result from several problems of identification and feelings of exclusion within a certain social or cultural group.

Riitta Granfelt, Finnish researcher in social sciences has defined the meaning of home in three levels: home is a platform for close relationships, a representation of continuity and it is connected with mind and memories. Within Calling Home I wish to put attention on works that discuss, represent, reflect on, challenge or question different concepts of home.

Guest studio 2: Marieke Verbiesen

24-9-2009 until 22-10-2009

Thursday 24 September – 8.00 p.m.

In this interactive installation, the visitor literally plays the lead role. A proposal by Marieke Verbiesen and Neeltje Sprengers, it is one of the winning projects of the BNG Workspace Project Prize 2009.

The basic theme is the evolution of special effects and the role that these play in cinematography and the fine arts.
The installation merges live recordings of the visitor and of an electronically controlled film set into one real-time projection. Classic and new techniques are used to create a film reality that the otherwise passive viewer can now manipulate: he can watch himself act as an actor in a movie, surrounded by monsters, UFOs and surrealistic events.

As part of the MOVIESTAR exhibition in ZAAL5, two lectures will be held that explore the artists’ sources of inspiration and how the speakers relate to these.

Thursday 8 October – 8.00 p.m.:
Pauline Kalker of the innovative animation theatre group Hotel Modern will speak about low tech and high tech and the philosophy of Hotel Modern, and will show how maximum effects can be achieved using minimal means.

Thursday 22 October – 8.00 p.m.:
Volker Morawe and Tilman Reiff of the German FUR Art Entertainment Interfaces will discuss their humoristic installations that revolve around the user and his use of machines.

Coming Up!

In October Slovak photographer Boris Németh wil stay in our recidence. About his project:

This project is based on comparisons, contrasts and similarities. It derives from my observations of my mother land and facts I have learned about the Netherlands, particularly for past several months when preparing my residence there. Studding basic facts about this country, I descovered many stunning similarities as well as complete opposites in ‘how Dutch do it’ and ‘how Slovaks do it’.

Guest studio 1: António Aleixa


The worst nightmare of a storyteller is being taken to a world where he doesn't know the rules on which people behave, act and think. As an european I never thought this would be much of a deal, coming to The Netherlands. But it turns out that it was quite so... The Dutch and the Portuguese are amazingly close in distance when compared to personality and social behavior.

Susan Connolly: HOMELi-OGRAPHY

Got some pictures of Susan Connolly's final presentation (see the earlier posts); text will follow.

Guest studio 3: Petrina Hicks

Hello, I'm staying at the DCR until end of September. Thus far I've been exploring The Hague, I love the semi-industrial location of the DCR! I'm researching a new series of photographic images I will make this year. The concept of this new work might relate to Dutch folklore and fairy tales. I'm also very lucky to be enjoying the wonderful company of Marieke and Antonio and the other DCR artists I've met so far. Late September I will turn my atelier into a little photography studio and begin shooting. So for now, I'm searching for just the right little models, animals, props and wardrobe. I was very happy to discover some amazing vintage children's clothing stores in The Netherlands, plus vintage postcards, children's books and fabric.

Guest studio 2: Marieke Verbiesen

Currently i am doing a residency at de DCR, where i am working on preperations for the installation "Moviestar". This installation will be showed at Het Filmhuis Den Haag in the end of september.

For this installation both old and new techniques will be used to create a real lifesize filmset in which visitors can control events, and will be the main "actors" in a fantasy film.

The installation forms a tribute to the young history of Special Effects, that through the years has evolved in high tempo. The first use of special effects suddenly opened up oppertunities for filmmakes with a low budget to  realise their fantasies and create movies by putting together diffrent filmed scenes, and blend animation with real actor recordings. 

Like the brothers Sid & Marty Kroft, who started their filmstudio from their garage in the late 1970´s, where they used clay, wood and gardenutilities to create filmsets for their series "Land of the Lost". In this series a family travels through a timewarp loophole and gets stuck in a strange world where history and future times meet.  While getting chased by dinosaurs and haunted by aliens they try to find their way back to the world they came from while being in an enegmatic zone where time and location are unknown,  they soon realise they can find 
their way back by discovering the meaning between past, present and future. 

In "Moviestar" visitors get a look in front and behind the scenes in a strange world in which they play a role,  and control events themselves. 

Right now im working on the sound and image for this installation which will use motiontracking to map users movements.

Guest studio 2: Oliver Gardiner

The presentation 'HOMELi-OGRAPHY' in the end of my residency at de DCR parted from the interest in creating inventive strategies for exploring the urban environment. The exploratory approach to art making using a disused Staedion site, which is directly across from the DCR and EON Energy. As I arranged my cameras and rigged the disused space I feel there is an act of comparison from the EON Energy power plant on a 24/7 surveillance program.
Maybe highlighting to the community the value of the land and perhaps showing that traditional barriers between art and audience are broken down. The disused space gives Susan Connolly and myself the opportunity to exhibit work to an entirely new audience taking pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolting them into a new awareness of their urban landscape.

Presentation: HOMELi-OGRAPHY

Saturday 25th july, 16.00-18.00h
A wasteland on one side and an exhibition space called Nest on the other site of the De Constant Rebecqueplein. Saturday they will both be in use as podiums for two experimental exhibitions in which the standards of exhibiting is being dug up and turned over, both literally as well as metaphorically.

The two artists-in-residence Susan Connolly and Oliver Gardiner, are interested in creating inventive strategies for exploring the urban environment. Through their exploratory approach to their art making they intend to make interventions within the Staedion site, which is directly across from the DCR, taking pedestrians and art audiences off their predictable paths and jolting them into a new awareness of the urban landscape.

In the same time, on the other site of the street there will be the opening of the exhibition 'the garden of delight' from René Jansen with a performance of the John Dear Mowing Club!

many thanks to Steadion for their cooperation

Guest studio 2: Oliver Gardiner

studio_view_loopx6 from Oliver Gardiner on Vimeo.

Selected frames from cameras transmitting and suspended in studio. Once a swing is in motion they continue to oscillate like a pendulum until external interference or drag brings them to a halt.

The halted frame highlights the moment of immobility, allowing time to take the image back to the brief instant that recorded the 'real thing'.

This is the camera apparatus asserting its presence, which is enhanced by the performance of focus for light and shade, framing and camera movement.

Guest studio 3: Susan Connolly

Since arriving at DCR I have been exploring this new environment, meeting people, eating great dinners and hunting and gathering materials and imagery from The Hague, which I may develop during my 2-month residency.

I have been thinking about the relationship painting practice has to the found painted object/surface, looking at printed/stenciled papers and fabric and wondering if I find a painting or image which suggests a painting what can I bring to an already visually engaging object.

I have also been Researching new artists (certainly new to me) reading interesting reviews, listening to artist Pod casts and gathering provoking quotes from critic and artists which somehow fit into the many questions and problems in relation to contemporary painting practice I am contemplating within the studio. My favorite to date is:

‘The real problem is always how to make paintings anew, with more than just a twist. Painters cannot avoid quoting, re-quoting, echoing, succeeding and failing in comparison to the past. No Painter can pretend to be original, there are only so many ways to put paint on a surface’
Adrian Searle,, June 2009

So I am now collecting vintage postcards of Dutch flower arrangements and still life paintings and plan to work with this found composition/image…

Susans' stay has been made possible with the help of the Arts Council Ireland

Guest studio 1: António Aleixa

As a filmmaker, I see myself mostly as a storyteller. I use film as the medium through which I express myself and spread my opinions and messages. That is why I often refer to it not as an art but as a combination of technical skills that work for the art of storyteller... Of course there are lots of different kinds of films and work methods but when it comes to make it story driven, cinema making looses all its charm and becomes pretty much a mathematical craft where you have to plan every detail. That is why most of my work is far away from actors, cameras, lights or glamour. It has a lot more to do with the sketch book that I always carry around, a laptop and a lot of reading, writing, wathing and drawing. Most would consider it to be a very dull existence, I myself must confess this was not really what I had in mind when I first went to film school, long ago... But the fact is that it´s so rewarding once a film is done that I´m in love with what I do more and more every day.
Nowadays, in The Hague, I am working with Bas Ackermann from Upperunder and Shoot Me Festival in various projects, such as a music video, promos and a documentary. The work is going great and it is interesting that we got together since we have pretty much the same approach to film and all its "industry". I would even consider his Upperunder to be very similar to my own label in Portugal, called Low Cost Filmes. It´s important to say that we didn´t know each other or our work before. I am here because I got a grant from the portuguese government to come abroad and explore new ways, methods and technics. And it was them who send me to meet Bas, Upperunder and Shoot Me Festival.
Although i´ve been here for three week only, I can say I feel pretty much integrated. The city is fine and the people are nice. If to that we could add some more heat and sunny days, it would be perfect!
Also the guest studio is playing a very important role. The place is far better then I initially expected, everyone here is very friendly and I guess me, Oliver and Susan got along pretty well!
I guess that´s it... If you need to know something more just drop by and ask. Everyone is welcome!

Guest studio 1/2/3: Welcome lunch

Three new guests arrived:
Oliver Gardiner (UK)
Susan Connolly (IE)
Antonio Aleixo (PT)

Invited for lunch of Oliver and Antonio:
Clara Palli
Bas Ackerman
Floris Schönfeld
Channa Boon
Wauter Wormser
Brunel Wester

Invited for the lunch of Susan:
Micha Poppe
Tom de Groot
Ellen Roodenberg
Arnoud Dijkstra

Guest studio 1: Swintak

Swintak gave a presentation in Zeebelt about her 'Impossible project' in Hotel Mariakapel.