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.
From 7 to 9 October Sonic Acts hosts an expansive sound art programme at Het HEM in Zaandam, with a wide range of concerts, sound transmissions, installations, workshops and field explorations. As part of the programme, Sonic Acts collaborates with INA GRM on the renowned loudspeaker orchestra Acousmonium, presenting live performances and legendary works from the GRM archive. This offers the rare opportunity to experience special diffusions of works from electroacoustic and Musique Concrete pioneers such as Iannis Xenakis, Bernard Parmegiani and Beatriz Ferreyra. Other Inner Ear(th) highlights include performances, installations and sound transmissions from Tomoko Sauvage, Felicia Atkinson, Samson Young and many others.
Featuring performances and works from Aho Ssan • Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh • Anthea Caddy • Arnaud Rivière • Beatriz Ferreyra • Ben Bertrand • Bernard Pamegiani • Dania • Félicia Atkinson • François Bayle • Hüma Utku • Iannis Xenakis • Jaap Vink • Jessica Ekomane • John Grzinich • Jules Negrier • Lance Laoyan • Leila Bordreuil • Maria Komarova • Matthias Puech • Michèle Bokanowski • Music Research Strategies and Dirar Kalash Nicole L’Huillier • Nina Garcia • Olivia Block • pantea, u-matic and telematique • PLF (Freya Brandhi, Lukas König and Peter Kutin) • Samson Young • Soundcamp • Tarek Atoui
A limited amount of weekend tickets for Inner Ear(th) are still available for €40, as well as individual day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday here: Tickets
For almost three decades, Sonic Acts has sought to celebrate new developments in electronic and digital artforms. Taking place throughout October, Sonic Acts Biennial 2022 is staged across various locations, interweaving three weekends of exhibition openings, performances and lectures that will be accompanied by in/outdoor sound installations, artist presentations, workshops, excursions and more events yet to be announced.
Back in full force this year, the biennial international festival now stretches beyond its standard format. It emphasises collaborative knowledge creation, as well as experimental sound and moving image that attunes and responds to ecological thinking. Through thought-provoking interventions, the biennial asks how we can care, collectively and despite exhaustion of energies, for what we cannot see or understand. The three weekends around which the biennial revolves provide a slow immersion into the environmental humanities and contemporary art practices responding to the urgency of pollution.
one sun after another one sun after another, taking place from 30 September to 23 October, expands the long-term Sonic Acts research trajectory on the implications and origins of the climate crisis, and focuses on the irrevocable, intertwined nature of pollution and time. Unfolding at three locations in Amsterdam – W139, Zone2Source in Amstelpark, and Het HEM in Zaandam – the exhibition moves across ecological and temporal scales.
With works by Andrea Galano Toro • Cesar Majorana; Danny Osborne • Patrick Thompson • Alexa Hatanaka • Sarah McNair-Landry • Eric McNair-Landry • Erik Boomer and Raven Chacon • Félix Blume • John Grzinich • Julian Charrière • Leanne Wijnsma • Louis Braddock Clarke and Zuzanna Zgierska • Lucky Dragons (Sarah Rara, Luke Fischbeck) • Maryam Monalisa Gharavi and Sam Levine • MELT (Isabel Paehr, Loren Britton) • Seline Buttner • Tomoko Sauvage and more artists and events to be announced.