Following the success of the inaugural 3hd Festival last year, Berlin-based event organisers, Daniela Seitz and Anja Weigl of Creamcake are happy to announce its second edition, running from October 11 to October 15. Happening at various venues in Berlin, including HAU Hebbel am Ufer, OHM, Vierte Welt and, of course, the internet, 3hd is a new breed of hybrid festival, looking at music, performance, and visual art to ask deeper questions about politics, community, economic uncertainty, and communication.
In selecting a statement, but also adding a question mark for this year’s theme ‘There is nothing left but the Future?’, 3hd Festival resists a trend towards speculating on the what is to come, instead offering potential solutions for addressing the problems of the present. Running between October 11 to 15, the program will interrogate this notion in a series of lectures, panels, workshops, live performances and commissions examining music and art at its intersection.
The five-day event carries on the original ‘label – magazine – festival’ intention of its hybrid form by presenting performances, presentations, an exhibition, and installations offline, along with essays, music releases and cross-platform video and animation projects online. Music writer and academic Adam Harper, for example, opens the first artist announcement with an essay on ‘violent freedoms and violent oppressions’ as embodied by Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ via Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Rianna Jade Parker explores the cultural, political and personal value and implication of our physical selves in her ‘Body in Context’ panel and Vika Kirchenbauer confronts normative modes of representation in relation to the exploitation of subcultures in a video installation.
Meanwhile, artist, producer and tea merchant TCF will present a workshop encouraging music production through collective thinking and technological progress, accompanied by a tea ceremony. Kara-Lis Coverdale explores the liberations of a post-instrumental world in two concerts, and online radio art project DIY Church will present an abstract symposium on social sculpture through sound and silence.
3hd examines the role art and music plays in leading conversation on the way we live and where we are going. The ‘sound of now’ might be the music of modems, always connected, always online, ever-confronted by precarity, uncertainty, anxiety, but where is your hope for the future?