HEM Chapter 5ive

De Theatermachine made the lighting design for the new exhibition in Het HEM museum. The exhibition Chapter 5ive is curated by Rieke Vos. She has worked together with Samir Bantal and Rem Koolhaas on the basis of their research Countryside.

The artworks in this exhibition cast a critical eye on our relationship with the countryside. How do we deal with our nature, now and in the future? Do we think enough about the role of the countryside in the way we live?

Photography Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

Industrial building

The Hem is a rough industrial building in which the past as a munitions factory still remains visible. The illumination of an exhibition in these beautiful spaces is therefore more a ‘location project’ than standard museum lighting. The entire infrastructure for each exhibition is built separately. The designer of the exhibition has divided the long space into three parts where the transitions are formed by natural elements such as a sand dune and a water basin.

light image

The starting point for the exhibition was that it should feel like a walk through a landscape garden from place to place. With the artworks as islands in the space. During the day the daylight and the sun play a major role in the lighting and atmosphere of the exhibition. At dusk and in the evening artificial light takes over the experience. For the overall picture in the evening we assumed a walk in moonlight. So that the light image automatically goes along with the natural rhythm of day and night. Whereby the moonlight connects the artworks.

Photos Isabel Nielen during build-up

The exhibition Chapter 5ive is still on view until September 25, 2022
Opening hours: Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 24pm Sunday: 12pm – 10pm
For more information Het HEM


artists: Ian Cheng, Jasper Coppes, De Onkruidenier, Agnes Denes, Cathy van Eck, Future Farmers, Christian Jankowsky, Suzanne Husky, Gerard Ortín, Musasa & Maarten Vanden Eynde, Rembrandt van Rijn, Xinlin Vivian Song, Agnes Waruguru.
curator: Rieke Vos
concept idea: Samir Bantal, Rem Koolhaas
Design: Diogo Passarinho Studio

Lighting design: Theatermachine Isabel Nielen, Benno Barends
Team: Floriaan Ganzevoort, Jela Nieuwstraaten, Mike Evers, Isabel Nielen, Benno Barends
Thanks to: the Team of the Hem, Lichtpunt Theatertechniek for light and control, Studio Warmerdam dimmable TL.