With (Friday): Alpha Maid, Freeka Tet, Steph Kretowicz, Claudia Pagès / With (Saturday): Göksu Kunak a.k.a Gucci Chunk / Laure M. Hiendl, James Massiah, Ms. Carrie Stacks / Installation by: Laura Welker & Ehsan Morshed Sefat
3hd celebrates its fifth anniversary, again in cooperation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, with a focus on the art of storytelling. The Berlin-based platform Creamcake has been working with online-adjacent artists operating at the interface of music, performance and visual arts. The “Fluid Wor(l)ds” edition of their annual 3hd Festival explores how these interdisciplinary practitioners use language, text and storytelling in navigating and adapting to the shifting realities of networked culture.
Language is fluid. A system of signs, sounds and gestures through which a community can transmit meaning, these conventions for communication are continually shifting, changing and shaping the way we see (and share) the world. “Word Play” brings the conversation around these very vocabularies—of music and moving image, art and digital culture—into HAU Hebbel am Ufer’s theater space and does exactly what it says it will: it performs through, puzzles over and, importantly, plays with words, in their infinite configurations.
Over two cross-disciplinary evenings, of sound, text and audio-visual performances, artists, writers and musicians, will explore narrative in our technologically dominated present. The non-linear, fragmented and scattered nature of contemporary storytelling is reflected in the monumental jigsaw puzzle spread throughout the HAU2 space, an installation by Laura Welker and Ehsan Morshed Sefat. Suffuse with drawings, quotes, memes and jokes, the work becomes a playful invitation—a playground of sorts—for the audience, not only to inhabit these artists and performer’s disjointed story but to take it apart and put it back together in an incomplete image of the collective present.