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.
Healing in my House (2019)
Simon(e) van Saarloos:
The first time I encountered Jacolby Satterwhite’s work was a complete and ultimately pleasant surprise. Drawn to the description of queer animation and reparative Black history narration, I entered an upstairs Gallery in Chinatown, New York. I may have stayed in the gallery for hours, lying on the floor, surrounded by flashing pink and purple, mesmerized by the combination of bdsm or superhero leather suits, cuddling or fighting bodies, animal- and humanlike figures changing into undefined matter. Images I thought I recognized – braided hair? – fluidly transformed – tentacles, iron chains? – and this constant shapeshifting didn’t only satisfy my desire for symbolical abundance, but also created a wholly different experience of time. What if different periods of time can fully blend? What if all stories can be told simultaneously? Satterwhite’s work interweaves sculpture, performance and animation whilst interweaving personal memories. This shows in the use of household objects, family home videos and old tape recordings. Satterwhite activated the songs his schizophrenic mother recorded while in the hospital. Her sketches and rhythms – drummed alive by tapping her thigh – inspired the creation of a visual album. Instead of listening with your headphones only, Satterwhite invites the audience to enter a near utopic virtual reality.
Courtesy of Lundgren Gallery