Chapter 2WO offers you an insight in the world of Chilean artist and composer Nicolás Jaar. His ten-week stay in Zaandam will be an intensive exploration of the Hembrug site. Together with his Shock Forest Group – named after the nearby ‘Schokbos’ – Jaar will conduct research into Het HEM, from which the site’s historical, sociological, archeological and geographical data will serve as the source material for a sound piece that is both about and from the location where it is played.
Our current time is dominated by rational knowledge of data and facts. Hard certainties and alternative facts are difficult to tell apart, and although we are increasingly measuring and looking, we seem to have forgotten how to know things. What role can music play in this? As a form of communication that goes beyond facts, words, gestures, music penetrates deeply into our being and touches emotional understanding within us.
"These livelihoods make worlds too – and they show us how to look around rather than ahead"
– Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
According to anthropologist Anna Tsing, by exploring the ‘livelihoods’ around us, we can better understand how economic and ecological tensions affect our shared environment and how we can work toward a more pollution-resilient ecosystem.
For Chapter 2WO, Nicolás Jaar and his team of researchers consisting of cartographers, linguists, coders, sound makers, biologists, designers, and engineers will use Het HEM as a metonymy for the problems that the world is currently facing. By zooming in on hyper-local data from the Hembrug site where Het HEM is located, Jaar will develop an 'instrument of resonance' of music in which both data and intangibles merge into a new form of ‘listening’.
Program Chapter 2WO
While the research group will continuously develop new work during Jaar’s three month stay, Chapter 2WO will launch on September 19 with the opening of a new sound and light artwork ‘Incomprehensible sun’ by Jaar in the 200-meter long shooting range in the basement of Het HEM.
From October 17, the installation ‘Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image’ by Vincent de Belleval and Nicolás Jaar will also be on view in Het HEM.
Throughout the programme, results of the research will be presented as lectures, guided tours and musical performances. For a detailed daily overview on the events, please check our calender and social media .
The Hembrug site
The Hembrug site was put into use at the end of the 19th century for the manufacture of weapons and ammunition. Building 429, where Het HEM is located, was commissioned by NATO in 1956 to produce .50 bullets. After years of vacancy, the site became public again in 2014. This monumental place with tangible traces to its controversial history serves as a fitting backdrop for questioning current social developments.
Chapter 2WO is supported by Outset.