Het HEM is currently closed in preperation for renovations and will reopen in fall 2024.
In the meanwhile, you’ll find our programming on several off-site locations and on The Couch.
Our event spaces are available for rent until October 2023.
Art is our first language. Even while we are closed for renovations, our programming continues. You will find our art programmes at off-site locations throughout the year and on the digital platform The Couch. The permanent installations in Het HEM will remain open to the public after the renovation.
Our music programme focuses on experimental ways of making, presenting and experiencing sound in the building through listening sessions, live performances and musical artist-in-residence programmes. During renovations, we organise music programmes at off-site locations and on the digital platform The Couch.
We are closed at the moment. When we are open again you are welcome for a drink and a bite, wine and dine at our restaurant. With good wether we suggest you settle down on our sunny terrace on the Costa del Zaano.
Het HEM loves books. During your visit, come lose yourself in the library's rich selection or discover new favourites in the SANZ Shop.
The building's industrial design and our experimental art programme bring ambience and meaning to every event.
Situated in a former munitions factory, Het HEM is a new home for contemporary culture.
Wisselgesprek is a recurring storytelling project developed by Het HEM in relation to the theme of each Chapter. It can best be described as a library of ‘living books’ – people who share their personal stories with visitors in one-on-one conversations of 20 minutes each. As part of the Chapter’s public programme, Het HEM organises a 'library day', during which visitors can choose a living book with whom they exchange ideas about a theme related to the exhibition.
In the context of Chapter 5IVE, the selection of living books consists of farmers, researchers and climate activists. They tell you how rural life can contribute to a different awareness of time, place and our thoughts about the future. Wisselgesprek offers you the opportunity to go directly into depth with a ‘stranger’ and go beyond small talk.*
*Conversations are based on mutual respect and a welcoming attitude towards other perspectives.
The ticket includes a cup of coffee to enjoy during your conversation with our living books. Scan your ticket at the counter and receive a token that you can exchange at Zanini.
These books will be available for you on 21 August:
Klarien Klingen is an agro-ecological farmer and horticulturist at De Wilde Peen, a 'community shared agriculture' initiative, in which citizens can take joint responsibility for nature and their food. One hundred and fifty people eat from their garden. In addition, Klarien has founded Toekomstboeren, a growing movement of farmers who want to do things differently and help each other with advice and assistance. During Wisselgesprek, Klarien talks about the future of farming, the complicated system in which farmers are trapped, and also about her love for what nature can offer us.
Anke Bosma is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), where she is also part of the Rural Imaginations research group. She conducts research into the depiction of the Dutch countryside in film, TV and literature and the alleged divide between the ‘Randstad’, the metropolitan region of the Netherlands, and the rural 'Province'. Her research shows that the portrayal of the countryside in our popular media is often clichéd, either as a backward and irrelevant area, or as a romanticised place where we encounter the 'real' Netherlands. Both clichés ignore the often invisible global economic forces that influence the countryside. What should we be aware of when we think about the countryside according to her?
Bert van de Belt
Bert van de Belt has been an activist since the late 1980s, and in this time has only become more concerned about the future. He is especially worried about the effects of climate change which he observes both on the news as well as in his immediate environment. He recently joined the Zaandam branch of the worldwide Extinction Rebellion movement. During Wisselgesprek, he will elaborate on his own experiences as an activist and on how it feels to take personal responsibility and show commitment to your ideals. He will also talk about Extinction Rebellion more generally, what they do, what actions they take and with what results.
Amber Laan is a dairy farmer and an advisor in sustainable agriculture at Schuttelaar en Partners. After obtaining her Master's degree in Management and Policy, she joined the partnership in which she milks 70 cows with her parents and sister in Warder, North Holland. By combining dairy farming with consultancy work, she works on connecting policy and practice with regards to making agriculture more sustainable. As chairman of the Hollands Agrarisch Jongeren Kontakt (Dutch Agricultural Youth Contact, HAJK) she represents the voices of young farmers and creative entrepreneurs. During Wisselgesprek, she tells you what she thinks a future-proof agricultural sector would look like.
Merten Nefs grew up in a polder landscape in Zeeland on the Westerschelde, near the farmlands and fruit growers, where also the potato and canning factories were located, and where container ships sailed by in the background - all elements of what we now call the 'agro-logistics complex'. Merten became an architect and worked for five years in São Paulo, where he became fascinated by the continuous supply of goods to mega cities. He is currently conducting PhD research ('Landscapes of Trade - the countryside as hinterland') into the spatial impact of logistics in the hinterland (backcountry) of the port of Rotterdam, an area that extends to the German border and where the multiplication of warehouse-shaped buildings in the landscape is increasingly affecting local politics. Do you ever order a package?
Eline van de Veen
Born and raised in the countryside, Eline van de Veen helps farmers, entrepreneurs and (future) residents realise their social and landscape restoration initatives through her own company Zin in Buiten. If you dream of leaving the city behind, Eline's story during Wisselgesprek a must-hear. Her statement reads: “Rural life is a verb. You cannot passively consume rural life. Living in the countryside is the result of your care for the land and nature”. For new residents, this does only means beautiful nostalgic living, but also an active commitment to achieving healthy soil, clean water or the replanting of trees and shrubs.
Fifteen years ago Erik Wong exchanged Amsterdam for Hornhuizen, a tiny village on the coast of Groningen. In the empty village pub he started a 'a communual working space/meeting floor' and called it Wongema, a localised version of his own last name. Wongema grew into a place where the hyper-local and the suburban collide permanently. In Radio Wongema, among others, these meetings - under the motto 'everything is important' - took shape in one-on-one conversations and live shows. Erik has now handed over Wongema to a new generation of innkeepers and returned to 'the city' where he writes, creates podcasts and teaches. He can hardly let go of Hornhuizen. He writes a column in the local newspaper about the worries of a man who leaves his village. But… does the village ever leave the man?