Nicolás Jaar and the Shock Forest Group

‘These livelihoods make worlds too – and they show us how to look around rather than ahead.’


Public Programme

Concerts & performances


About Chapter 2WO

Chapter 2WO offers you an insight in the world of Chilean artist and composer Nicolás Jaar.
The exhibition is on view until December 21 (Thursday - Sunday, noon - midnight)

By Elfie Tromp

A conversation with Nicolás Jaar

Musician and artist Nicolas Jaar spends fourteen weeks at Het HEM in Zaandam creating musical scores, concerts, interventions and (meditative) sound impressions, alone or with his Shock Forest Group. Writer Elfie Tromp had a conversation with Jaar about Chapter 2WO.

Shock Forest Group

Shock Forest Group (2019) is an international research team consisting of architects, cartographers, linguists, coders, urban planners, sound makers, biologists, designers and engineers.


Installation in the exhibition

Incomprehensible Sun

Incomprehensible Sun (2019) is a sound and light installation by Nicolás Jaar for the former 200-meter-long underground shooting range in Het HEM.

Installation in the exhibition

Angelus Exul

The White Cube is our mini-museum. This climatised room enables us to present museum pieces from important collections that can function as a historical counterpart to the ideas articulated in the Chapter. In Chapter 2WO the film Angelus Exul (2019) is on view in the White Cube.

Installation in the exhibition

Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image

Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image (2019) is an installation by Vincent de Belleval and Nicolás Jaar consisting of ten rotating parabolas, reflectors that capture and emit sound and light. From October 17 until December 20, Nicolás Jaar will give several live concerts with the Parabolas.

These livelihoods make worlds too – and they show us how to look around rather than ahead
Anna Tsing