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Hgtomi Rosa, Den Haag, 2021 - ongoing
A project working in collaboration with people that might know something about how to open something
Writing residency, based in Tallinn, 2021 - ongoing
A residency based research project that utilises the act of phone calling in assembling a relationship between self, other and relative location within a given time frame. This document aims to collect an array of connections in a time of such fractured social structures.
De Helena, Den Haag, 2020
A Performance about my old wood workshop teacher, who always told me to measure twice, and cut once …
Hgtomi Rosa, Den Haag, 2020
A group of people were invited to converge around a giant concrete rock, in the midst of the first part of The Pandemic, to discuss the the current state of affairs within the artistic community of The Hague
Hgtomi Rosa, Den Haag, 2020
A first experiment of an event series aiming to investigate the countless parts of an impression that an individual gets when they encounter an artwork
Zollamt Galerie, Offenbach Am Main, 2020
A collection of handmade insect hotels, and a sleeping bag with feet cut into it
Hgtomi Rosa, Den Haag, 2019
🎵 A dish goes here and a bowl goes there,
we all work at The Bistro Mer 🎵
Co-Founder and current member of artist initiative. Hgtomi Rosa is a studio & project space established September 2019 in Den Haag.
Bristol, United Kingdom
Lives and works in Den Haag
- The Ongoing Project to Open a Space, Hgtomi Rosa, Den Haag, January 2021 - ongoing
- Writing residency, Vent Space, Tallinn, February 2021 - ongoing
- Wide Angle on Happy Valley, De Helena, Den Haag, November 2020
- Case Study Exhibition Series #1, Hgtomi Rosa, Den Haag, September 2020
- Rock Talks, Hgtomi Rosa, Den Haag, June 2020
- We All Arrived With Art, Zollamt Galerie, Offenbach am Main, February 2020
- The Handshake, Hgtomi Rosa, Den Haag, September 2019
- All Your Beautiful Names, KABK Den Haag, June 2019 (Graduation exhibition)
- Art is Popcorn for The Brain, Galerie HBK Saar, Saarbrücken, January 2019
- The Idiots, Trixie, Den Haag, January 2019
- Great Results On All Machines, Roheline Saal, Tallinn, May 2018
- Noise of Being, Kalev Boxing Gym, Tallinn, Organised by Margit Säde, February 2018
- A Foreign Affair, De Helena, Den Haag, December 2018 (Pre-end exam show)
- It is sort of a thing, KABK Gallery, Den Haag, Organised by Tatjana Macic, May 2017
September 2015 - June 2019
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague - BA Fine Arts
January 2018 - July 2018
Estonian Academy of Art, Tallinn - Sculpture & Installation Department (Erasmus Exchange)
September 2014 - June 2015
Bristol School of Art, Bristol - Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
September 2013 - June 2014
John Cabot Academy, Bristol - A Level Art, History, and Product Design
Ellen de Bruijn Projects, Amsterdam, 2020
A Comedy for 3 Dantes, a work by Daniele Formica
EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam, 2020
Walking at Eye, a work by Natasha Rijkhoff and Caroline Straver
Hgtomi Rosa is an artist initiative established in September 2019 in Den Haag. Founded upon the urge to question the dynamics of what it means to ‘show something to someone’ it is simultaneously a studio and project space, in which public showing and the making process are inseparable. Within its framework the participants are devoted to develop their individual practices in the greater educational context provided by the initiative’s inherent collectivity.
Hgtomi Rosa has organised a number of public events within its premises and elsewhere in The Hague, whilst being committed to regular internal presentations and studio based activities and
Insect hotels was a performance involving a range of carved wooden blocks, and a sleeping bag with modified limbs - Part of the second instalment in a series of exhibitions organised by a group of artists that met in Estonia 2018.
The exhibition series is structured around a ‘residency’ style format, linking together the cities where the members of the group live/work. Fellow participating artists: Johannes Luik, Eliis Laul, Katie McFadden, and Annika Grabold.
Presentables (Aanwezige Tafels) was a performance and installation, part of the 2019 Graduation Festival KABK, Den Haag.
Three mobile tables functioned as a platform for 1) A series of 12 ‘calendar’ drawings, 2) A temporary tattoo 3) Lavender scented bath bombs packaged within recycled egg boxes.
Visitors were greeted with an explanation of how I made the scented bath bombs, along with instructions for use, and the opportunity to purchase one for themselves.
bhup bhup is a text produced during a writing residency with Vent Space, Tallinn Estonia.
Each time I call my grandmother in England she is newly surprised how well she can hear me. This could easily be misconceived as something to do with her ability to hear. However, this is not the case, as her amazement stems from her experience of receiving a call ‘all the way from the Netherlands’. My Grandmother usually expresses this in an equally astounded as loving sentiment; Ouhhhh Alexander! I can’t believe it! If I closed my eyes it sounds like you’re sat right here next to me in this room!’
For her, the idea of calling relates to a reality of a physical distance. This is also emphasised by her manner of calling, which probably comes from her never owning a phone that isn’t anchored to a wall by the cord. When she calls she is sat in one position, and the person on the other end of the line is sat in another. In a seemingly memetic response I began to notice that, unlike almost all other calls I make, I remain seated in a single place when calling her.
For me this static position taken when carrying out the act of calling only emphasises the idea that I am someone who is somewhere, and for the brief duration of a call - I am connected to someone else, who is somewhere else. Being connected by a phone line physicalises for me an idea of a relational distance that isn’t necessarily being bridged, moreover solidifying a distance.
This is a research project that utilises the act of phone calling in assembling a relationship between self, other and relative location (within a given time frame). This text aims to collect an array of connections, at the very least of a phone call kind - and hopefully of a human kind in a time of fractured social structures.
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Marijn van der Eyden, March 3rd 2020
“To 'open' the exhibition space I would explain when a subspace is open according to its mathematical definition and explore if/how it's possible to open the physical space.”
Is a collaborative project working with people that might know something about how to open something. The project is currently focussing on the idea of an artistic ‘exhibition’ space, and it's apparent urgency to be ‘open’ for events, exhibitors, viewers, various professionals, and other curious individuals.
Each person brings a new proposal for how the space could or should be opened. Whether or not any of these acts will achieve the ultimate aim, no one is sure yet, maybe because no one has been given the authority to declare such a thing.
Arthur Cordier, (Tba) March 2020
“To inaugurate the exhibition space I would borrow Kantoorplanten from art institutions, combined with the reconstituted smell of apple pie. Both have ironical slash commercial motivations - the first increases productivity in offices, the second is a trick to make a place welcoming.”
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The Case Study Exhibition #1 Daniel Dmyszewicz was an event by Hgtomi Rosa, consisting of three parts: 1) A painted mural in the kitchen space by Daniel Dmyszewicz. 2) A talk show with Gijsje Heemskerk (Interviewer) Mira Aluc & Zahar Bondar (Guests) Daniel Dmyszewicz, and Alexander Webber (Time keeper). 3) A contribution show by the members of Hgtomi Rosa, in reaction to Daniel’s mural.
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Rock Talks were a number of experiments with gatherings around a rock made by artist Robin Whitehouse, organised by Hgtomi Rosa. In the first two of these gatherings we began to discuss how to continue collectively after the corona crisis.
For many people involved it was the first time they were gathering for art since the beginning of the Pandemic restrictions.
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My Old Wood Workshop Teacher was a performance as part of the group exhibition Wide Angle on Happy Valley.
The performance used a wooden replica of a window facade that was used to recall aspects of a semi-fictitious teacher I once had.
The phrase ‘is-to as-to’ drew references between the construction of the window frame and recollections of the symbolic figure of my old wood workshop teacher.