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 November 22 to November 25, the program will travel the gamut of experience and struggle — personal stories of overcoming adversity around visibility, feminism, empowerment and community — in order to be seen and heard.
3hd will interrogate the aforementioned notions in a series of installations, concerts, performances, panels, workshops, online commissions, and a survey examining music, art and society where, for the first time, it intersects with science. The festival will reflect on its own struggle to stay alive and independent in an increasingly corporatized and conformist alternative music scene, kicking off with a panel called “Craving Sustainability”.
At the same time the festival will circulate the “Tell Us How You Really Feel” survey, in cooperation with physician and prospective psychiatrist Anna Willert, examining the 3hd audience’s media and technology engagement, economic status, personal attitudes, and mental well-being.
Berlin-based performer Colin Self will present a non-utilitarian vocal workshop focused on alternative modalities of group singing, while sound artist, musician and educator AMET’s performance, called “Addis’63”, follows themes of music, identity and spirituality. Indian-born, Italy-based DJ and producer Petit Singe combines the residue of an eastern heritage with an old school Adriatic house sensibility to present spaced-out romanticism and deep bass.
There’ll also be performances by Crete-born multi-disciplinary artist and SHXME label-founder Abyss X; London-based poet, musician and NON Worldwide associate Farai with collaborator TØNE; feeling, empathy, and listening from Berlin-based singer, composer, and performance artist Lyra, and more.
In giving a voice to art and music as new and radical strategies/environments, 3hd 2017 proposes an anecdote to an international crisis point, where establishing autonomy, ownership, and independence for Creamcake and its network is key to securing a better future for their community in Berlin, and the world.