Living Room


If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer,
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For I have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!
– Shel Silverstein

The name ‘HEM’ stems from the Germanic word ‘haima’, meaning ‘home’. Het HEM is a lively meeting place for contemporary culture. A home for critics and dreamers, the curious and questioners: where art acts as a sounding board to reflect on our current times. Our Living Room is Het HEM’s heart: here you can boost your batteries with unique stories, delicious food and drinks, or a good conversation by the fire.

Café Restaurant

In the Café Restaurant Het HEM you can order from the menu all day long. Our products come from quality suppliers and all of the menu is prepared in our own kitchen.


Books, podcasts, videos

Every season we select a special collection of books, magazines, documentaries, lectures, art films and podcasts, carefully compiled by our guest curators – on occasion even borrowed from personal collections. These works not only offer further depth to the current Chapter, but are also masterpieces in themselves.

The books currently on our shelf:

  • Staying with the Trouble, Donna Harraway
  • The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, Anna Tsing
  • Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Heather Anne Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt, Editors
  • Oog in oog met Gaia: acht lezingen over het Nieuwe Klimaatregime, Bruno Latour
  • Hembrugterrein: Verleden, heden, toekomst, Ellen Holleman en Remco Reijke
  • Sonic Agency, Brandon LaBelle
  • New dark age, James bridle
  • Resonance, Hartmut Rosa
  • Hyperobjects, Timothy Morton
  • Walden, Thoreau
  • Global tools, Borgonuovo
  • Where the heart beats, Kay Larson
  • The guide of the perplexed, Maimonides
  • Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, Anna Tsing
  • Reality Is Not What It Seems : The Journey to Quantum Gravity, Carlo Rovelli
  • Pure immanence: essays on a life, Gilles Deleuze
  • Vibrant Matter: a political ecology of things, Jane Bennett
  • Animacies, Mel Y. Chen
  • Xenofeminism, Hester Hellen

Nu te zien en beluisteren:

  • Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other
  • Hartmut Rosa: Why are we stuck behind social acceleration?
  • How To Get Out of The Cage: One Year with John Cage
  • Anna Tsing & Donna Haraway: Tunneling in the Chthulucene
  • James Bridle: Miracle Marathon
  • Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival
  • Ada Lovelace: the Countess of Computers
  • Presentation by Nicolás Jaar and the Shock Forest Group