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.
Artist in Residence
Simon(e) van Saarloos:
I first met OTION (Guillermo Armand Blinker) during a queer performance night, concerning waterbodies. I discussed ecosexuality as a way to address environmental harm and questions of consent, OTION performed his musical magic: “Black man looks purple in the moonlight, I’m made of rainbows but that’s not my phenotype. Expose me to sunlight imma shine bright, cause I carry crystals on the inside of my punchlines. Got you diggin’ and diving for meaning. When you figure me out, I change my figure and I go...... back to my liquid state”. The loop-station amplifies OTION’s multitude of voices, ancestors and utopian dreams. As artist-in-residence at Het Hem, OTION will interact with the space to create new work. Expect a performance. One night, pre Covid-19, I bumped into OTION at Het Hem. It was during a performance by Nicholás Jaar, people were wandering around slowly and suddenly OTION and I ended up in front of each other. We could hug, then. Around his neck, he wore a bird with spread wings and when he saw me looking at it, he just said: “fly”. In his work, life and language, OTION conveys that flying, or flight, is not a detached transcendence, but actually a deeply rooted act. He voices futurity and commemoration.