Five years of 3hd: Announcing 2019’s Fluid Wor(l)ds
3hd 2019 is informed by the art of storytelling. In celebrating its fifth anniversary and contemplating its own legacy as a scene-defining cross-disciplinary festival, this year’s “Fluid Wor(l)ds” examines the social and cultural narratives shaping its own identity, and that of its audience and participants. Running October 22 to 27, the program differentiates itself from mainstream institutions with an alternative canon. It’s one where fluency, imagination and adaptability is valued above the impossible desire for the constant, the rational, the rigid.
In this raw, liquid state, 3hd moves fluidly between spaces to generate and distribute its hybrid histories across digital networks, and through music, performance and visual art. Surfacing at HAU Hebbel am Ufer’s theater, Trauma Bar and Kino nightclub and cinema, and Postscheckamt’s postal bank tower-come-temporary exhibition, as well as online, invited artists focus on the potential for positive social change, transformation and communication at the point where sound, text and the image intersect. These are new worlds built with novel words.
The “Fluid Wor(l)ds” program builds on 3hd and organizers Creamcake’s role in redefining community and shaping queer history by highlighting the fresh perspectives of its favourite online-adjacent artists. The series of concerts, club nights and performances; readings, installations, and an exhibition runs over six days, along with a film program co-curated with Lou Drago and the “Embedded Narratives” online anthology, edited by Steph Kretowicz. The latter cross-platform project marks five years of 3hd Festival, allowing the URL and IRL to spill out across disciplines, spaces, media and time, by resurrecting past commissions and connecting them with new ones. Los Angeles-based artist Margaret Haines contributes excerpts of her interpretive biography of countercultural icon Cameron. Its rollover images and text online re-materialize as words in the pockets of Haine’s transparent pink raincoats presented in the “Fluid Wor(l)ds” physical exhibition at Postscheckamt.
At HAU Hebbel am Ufer, South London poet & DJ James Massiah takes his writing and performance into a series of 101 poems reflecting on stoicism, materialism, hedonism and excess. “Creative mercenary” Freeka Tet appears on the same evening to blur the border between creative expression and technical execution by tackling internet memes, trolls and irrational human behavior through an array of prosthetics and animatronics objects, as well as hacking, coding and A/V plunderphonics. Claudia Pagés contributes a story written and spoken by scenes in which the words and signifiers of what she calls the “self storage logistics punk 2019” of app-driven object circulation are gleaned, and narrative text and oral language is entwined.
Interdisciplinary artist, punk god and self-described ‘anomaly’ Debby Friday‘s European debut comes in her live set exploring power, diaspora and the aesthetics of eroticism at Trauma Bar and Kino on one night. Catnapp presents her hybrid R&B and rap; breakbeat and pop sound to create an intense and nostalgic space for lyrics following themes of love, rage and hate and fear. Meanwhile, London’s Micachu, Brother May and Coby Sey-founded collective CURL, share a live performance and film premiere in collaboration with Akinola Davies Jr..
By offering a multifocal view of these myriad world-making practices, 3hd invites us to engage with these stories by staking a claim within (its changing relationship to the) world. The only question is, which one?
The first participant announcement includes: Viviana Abelson, Alpha Maid, Elvin Brandhi, bod 包家巷, Catnapp, CURL / Akinola Davies Jr, Lou Drago, Ruth Angel Edwards, Freeka Tet, Debby Friday, Margaret Haines, HellFun (Josefin Arnell & Max Göran), KayaKata, Julian-Jakob Kneer, Steph Kretowicz, Göksu Kunak a.k.a Gucci Chunk / Laure M. Hiendl, Tarek Lakhrissi, Francesca Landi, Malibu, James Massiah, Magdalena Mitterhofer, Shaun Motsi, Claudia Pagès, Ms. Carrie Stacks, Laura Welker & Ehsan Morshed Sefat, Yen Tech, x/o
About Creamcake / 3hd Festival Creamcake is an open and queer platform dedicated to exploring the impact of the Internet on music at the intersection of music, art and technology. Founded by Daniela Seitz and Anja Weigl in 2011, together they initiate and organize concerts, performances, symposiums and digital projects; lectures, workshops, exhibitions and festivals, including 3hd, Paradise Found, インフラ INFRA, NextGen, Europool and “<Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer>”. Each of these projects question conventional patterns of thought and behavior, create new space for action and reflection, and approach digital change with a fundamental openness and flexibility. Cooperating with a number of community spaces and institutions such as Klosterruine, OHM, Südblock, Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Bob’s Pogo Bar, Goethe in the Skyways, Creamcake presents visionary, nonconformist and experimental sounds, while actively encouraging women and people of all genders to work together on an equal basis. They also run a label.
3hd Festival is curated and organized by Creamcake, and made possible with the support of Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Musicboard Berlin.