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.
Simon(e) van Saarloos, with their provoking practice in literature, philosophy and theater, is the perfect guest to investigate the meaning of accessibility in Het HEM. In their practice, Van Saarloos, draws attention to what society deems unimportant. With their methodological approach of looking beyond the dominant stories and social structures, they map out a world which makes space for silenced and concealed voices and facts.
Van Saarloos wrote essays, opinion pieces and fiction, for amongst others de Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, Vrij Nederland and De Correspondent and has published several books. Most recently "Herdenken herdacht (2019)" a non-fiction work on a forgotten LGBTQI+ past, a ‘white memory’ and embodied remembrance. Their book "Het monogame drama (2015)" has recently been translated to English and presented in the United States. Van Saarloos writes theater and poetry and frequently lectures and performs. They studied philosophy and literature and obtained a master's degree from the Dutch Art Institute. In 2021, Van Saarloos will start a PhD in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley.