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.
Sugar Walls Teardom (2016)
Simon(e) van Saarloos:
Oh my goddess, this work, this artist! Tabita Rezaire works with mythology, suppressed histories, energy, and new media. The hyper-virtual world comes along with a physical practice: feeling your body, breathing. Everything flows together in the body: history, water, trauma, enjoyment, and pleasure. This fluidity presents an exercise: physical work enables healing, for example of intergenerational trauma, and helps to imagine the future (imagining justice from a position of calmness and desire). In her film Deep Down Tidal, Rezaire approaches the ocean like a cemetery of Black history and technology. She shows that the fiber cables which facilitate data transfer, follow the same route as the colonial ships which transported enslaved people across the Atlantic Ocean. In this way, Rezaire criticizes the way the so-called free flow of information on the internet builds on the familiar mechanism of exclusion: racism and exploitation. Rezaire calls this electronic colonialism. By this she means the abundant circulation of Euro-centric knowledge and the forced dependence of formerly colonized countries, maintained by software, hardware and information protocols imposed by Western engineers. Deeply critical of normalized violence, Rezaire’s work centers on healing. She is a doula and kundalini yoga instructor. Sugar Walls Teardom invites you for serious participation in a guided meditation.