Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
What is important now is to recover our sensesSusan Sontag
Chapter 3HREE shows a device that cyclically displays the words FOR THE TIME BEING and at the same time creates an airflow. Whereas in many ways the exhibition questions the connection with the environment and its transience, For the Time Being precisely creates clarity in this theme. The rattling mechanism of the cheaply produced 'gadget' unmistakably conveys a form of melancholy: the potential of the here and now is challenged by the precariousness of existence.
Noa Giniger (1977, Israel) creates subtle scenarios — often with a limited lifespan — that visualise the unspoken aspects of the human individual. Her installations include collections of objects such as white horses on a long narrow pedestal, sequences of dictionaries linking one language to another or solar lamps on display in illuminated showcases. Everyday objects take on a new meaning through their alternative location. Other works by Giniger try to emphasise the tension between existence and the essence, often with an ambiguous beginning and end.