Music Bar, Sat and Sun 1 pm–8 pm
Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
Chapter 3HREE and a 1/2
These events are related to the Chapter 3HREE public programme. For all events at Het HEM, visit Full calendar.
This Is How We Move
“Culture happens in communities”
These were the words we used to welcome the first visitors. In our raw but cosy factory we aimed to provide an encounter for artists and audiences with different backgrounds and interests, a cultural meeting point where existing frameworks or established views could be questioned and social issues could be explored on the basis of artistic experiences.
As a young cultural institution, we wanted to challenge the idea that art is not for everyone and asked ourselves aloud what art in today’s world needs to flourish.
Driven by this devotion we developed three programmes – called Chapters – with Guests who each embodied a distinguished position within our society: Chapter 1NE: Edson Sabajo & Guillaume Schmidt, Chapter 2WO: Nicolás Jaar & The Shock Forest Group and Chapter 3HREE: Maarten Spruyt. Each chapter, in their own way, focused on coming to grips with global issues that we as individuals have so little control over. Together, these three chapters caught the attention of over 35,000 visitors, and the excitement and curiosity of the public, has inspired us to expand our ambition and vision in the coming years.
However, Het HEM has not escaped the consequences of the recent pandemic and associated economic downturn. As a young organisation, still in development, we do have the ingenuity but not the resources to move on as is, even though we are not lacking in ideas. Concretely, this means we are forced to temporarily change Het HEM’s financial model and curatorial programme, so we can ensure the institution's continuation.
Over the coming months we will suspend the current exhibition programme, and prepare ourselves for more spontaneous interventions and collaborations with different partners. This story between chapters, named Chapter 3HREE and a 1/2 enables us to clear the space and open up the building to like-minded parties who have experienced similar setbacks due to the crisis: festivals, conferences, talks, club nights. The extensive 9,000 m2 of our building offers excellent opportunities to facilitate a rich variety of cultural activities based on the safe 1.5 meter guideline.
Financially, we will research new ways to innovate its business model in order to consolidate our wellbeing and continuation in the future. We have found new investors that will contribute to the existence of Het HEM in the future, but it is not sufficient to survive just yet. If we succeed in finding sufficient structural support, we will resume our own programme in 2021 and return in March with Chapter 4OUR and 5IVE, in collaboration with Simon(e) van Saarloos and Rem Koolhaas / Samir Bantal respectively. In the meantime, we need your support and love.
Under the title Shoot Us With Love! we launched a campaign to encourage the public to make a donation in favor of opening up Het HEM and extending Chapter 3HREE: Maarten Spruyt until August 1, 2020. The campaign was launched from 25 May in collaboration with Voordekunst and ran until 21 June 2020 – exactly one year after the first visitor entered Het HEM. Every contribution was rewarded but we also cherish your ‘unconditional love’ in the form of some beautiful words we have received on our social media. With our campaign we raised 32,835 euros, which confirmed our reopening at the end of June 2020. We are endlessly grateful for this.
Chapter 3HREE was able to stand until the first weekend of August and we have welcomed over 2,000 visitors to enjoy the show. This was possible partly due to the crowdfunding but also due to the goodwill and cooperation of the artists. Thanks to the generous in-kind support of Beamsystems, Aukes Theatertechniek, Indyvideo, and the Theatermachine, the exhibition could be kept technically up and running.
Our artistic ambitions keep us positive, but also collaborating again with our artists and visitors on discovering new foundations for an adventurous future is very rewarding.