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 2024.
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.
Together with Muziekgebouw Productiehuis and De School, Het HEM presents a new immersive music performance by American composer, theatre director and performance maker Asa Horvitz, known for his dreamlike art experiences in which different dimensions of our existence converge. Inspired by the death of his father and many of his father's relatives, Asa Horvitz and his colleagues in Ghost sing lyrics created by an AI system with hundreds of books about death, loss and mourning used as input–creating a space in which the audience can wander, dream and associate on the topics of death, loss, memories, archives. Part of this project will be presented on The Couch–making Ghost the first project by Het HEM to take place in a hybrid form.
Asa set these lyrics to music along with musician/performers Carmen Q. Rothwell and Ariadne Randall, and invited his uncle (and his father’s brother), American pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz to join them. Together they created Ghost, a performance in which singing words from the AI system becomes a way to mourn together, a musical version of the Jewish practice of sitting shiva, neither music nor theatre nor choreography, but something unrecognizable yet familiar, in which the present is suspended and performers and spectators together attend to the presence of the past and the death.
Ghost was made possible with the support of artistic partner Muziekgebouw Productiehuis.
Artistic Direction: Asa Horvitz
With and by: Asa Horvitz, Wayne Horvitz, Ariadne Randall, Carmen Rothwell
AI system design: Seraphina Goldfarb-Tarrant, Alejandro Calcaño
Horn band: Pablo Nicolas Rojo Anguita, Lezaam Beets, Michael Moore, Ada Rave, Goncalo Soares, Fie Schouten
Collaboration on stage and costume design: Evandro Pedroni
AI UX Design: XandraDave Cochran
Lighting assistance: Theo Emil Krausz
Custom Shirts & Flags: Le Van Hung
Ceramics: Jacob Bartmann
Hat maker: Monica Gamberale
Advice: Oneka von Schrader, Joachim Robbrecht
Production: Sophie Menzinger, Theo Krausz (AT) Waffa al-Attas, Nora Duijf (NL)
Performance text generated by the AI system, except “94.7 the wave” by Ariadne Randall, “to think about ghosts” by Wayne Horvitz, and “drown in matter” by Asa Horvitz. All essay text by Asa Horvitz
Previous versions of GHOST included contributions from Bryan West, Martin Brans, Esy Casey, and David Bruin
Booklet design and selected images by Nica Horvitz
Produced by Golden Trout Wilderness (NL/USA), in association with Celestial Excursions Vienna and SHOW MACHINE (NL). Co-production: SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Het HEM, Muziekgebouw Productiehuis, Frascati Producties, Musiktheatertage Wien, brutWien. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, BMKOES, Amsterdam Fonds voor Kunst, Gemeente Utrecht, Amsterdam Zuid, KlavierLoft. Residency/development: Goethe Institut Hong Kong, wpZimmer, deSingel, Microscope Gallery NYC, Camargo Foundation, MacDowell, DAS Theatre, ELIAS 2069.