Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
In his sculptural installations, artist Bram Ellens (1978, the Netherlands) does not shun grand gestures. With their performative character and sense of drama, they emphatically draw attention to the human stories that lie at their origin. This also applies to the substantial work KR 470-2 PA.
A robot is chained up in a room. His ferocious movements with almost animal intensity play on our emotions. We feel compassion for this 'beast' in his involuntary detention. An animal that so clearly longs for its 'natural' habitat. In an automated society, this is a contemporary image full of fertile contradictions about the relationship between man and robot.