open Fri–Sun, 12–24h
Art is our first language. Throughout the year, Het HEM presents a range of temporary art programmes as well as more permanent art installations.
Simon(e) van Saarloos
“We must bring about the end of the world as we know it.”
There is always music to listen to at Het HEM, with programmes focused on experimental ways to create, present and experience music in the building through listening sessions, live shows, and musical artis-in-residence initiatives.
Come by for a drink and a bite, wine and dine at our restaurant, or 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.
Situated in a former munitions factory, Het HEM is a new home for contemporary culture.
The building's industrial design and our experimental art programme bring ambience and meaning to every event.
Close Readings (2015)
With Jeffrey Mansfield, Ariel Baker-Gibbs, Alison O’Daniel, Lauren Ridloff
Vincent van Velsen:
They still resonate. The church bells from Christine Sun Kim’s 2018 performance at De Appel. During the performance she spoke in sign language with other deaf people, while the rest of the audience was tormented by the sound of loud church bells. During this half hour, the artist made everyone present aware of a different way of experiencing the performance, sound, communication, the space, the world. An important aspect of her work is this awareness of the possibility of people experiencing things differently because people have distinctive sensory perceptions. Christine herself is deaf. She produces work from her own personal experience. For example, when she had a baby, she could not hear it cry, or sing it lullabies. She translates these situations, and other ways she relates to sound in her works. It’s important that people understand that despite her different way of relating to sound, she is still capable of living, she has a sense of humor, and that among people with physical challenges there are countless shades, accents, shapes, preferences, and differences – just like among everyone else.
Courtesy of François Ghebaly