333 times the three in 3hd is 999. Following on from Friday’s “333” event at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, “999” aims to triple its odds in resisting the oppressive systems of a world built on numbers and focussed on profit. As an Angel Number, 999 represents something else. It’s a moment of completion that closes the gap between our earthly form and our higher selves, achieving a worldly perspective through the application of trust, faith, and love in our lives. On the surface, a number is a mathematical object used to count, measure, and also label. Deeper down, the celestial 999 is a symbol sent from the heavens and a value that doesn’t quite reach 1000. That liminal space is where the subversive potential of ideas outside of our comprehension lies.
There is strength in numbers and the “999” night’s three groups of three express this through their musical energies, invisible force fields and planes of consciousness that transcend the laws of science. Fauna manifests locally in the radical potential of art and music, opening their third eye to a worldview that transcends social clichés and political events. The dystopian avant pop producer dissects new digital identities and promotes political activism in the face of an uncertain future. Nadah El Shazly constructs abstract mythological fairytales through an unplaceable sound that is nestled within the breaks between Arabic verses of love and betrayal. STILL’s shapeshifting and vernacular audio-visual worlds excavate an overlooked colonial past linking his Italian hometown to Ethiopia and Jamaica. Using the medium of language, the music is layered with meaning, contemplating the historical weight of words and applying a new and inclusive vocabulary for interpretation.