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.
From Left to Night (2015)
Simon(e) van Saarloos:
This film by Wendelien van Oldenborgh features philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva, who formulated the words with which we opened. Five people gather at a subway stop, a music studio, and a police station to discuss the unjust incarceration of Dean Burke. He was arrested because he was supposedly spotted on CCTV camera footage during the 2011 ‘riots’ in London. But it wasn’t him. It wasn’t just that he was wrongfully convicted, but that he was actually convicted in the first place: after all, the rebellion can also be viewed as a declaration of social dissatisfaction and poverty. Rather than punishing the government’s failure, (primarily) men of color are locked up. The way the world is organized makes freedom so impossible, that Da Silvia claims: We must end world as we know it.” The hip-hop in this film consists of protest and polyphony, but it also echoes the ‘sampling’ style Van Oldenborgh usually incorporates in her work: multiple narratives, registers, styles, and histories of injustice cross each other. Because her films do not portray chronological or linear histories, and because the various stories cross-cut each other, she creates open spaces. These spaces invite you to listen.