3hd 2022: Deep Thought
October 21 – November 21, 2022
Shuang Li, Agnieszka Polska, Alice Bucknell, Josèfa Ntjam
In Douglas Adams’ 1978 comedy science-fiction, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (H2G2), there’s a supercomputer that’s been programmed to calculate the answer to the Ultimate Question, which is the purpose of existence. This threatens to put “other professional thinking persons” devoted to contemplating such an idea out of a job. Happening as part of 3hd 2022: “Life, the Universe, and Everything,” Creamcake’s “Deep Thought” film program—named after the aforementioned artificial intelligence, while deferring only to four human artists—presents four of their films that broadly examine notions of interstellar imaginaries and life on earth without offering any absolute assertions.
Running through the ten-day 3hd festival into the following month, four films by four artists broadly examine notions of life on earth and interstellar imaginaries, from the globalized connectivity of trade routes to the terraforming of other planets. There’s Shuang Li’s fictionalized account of a French mother and young Chinese yellow vest factory worker, involved in the production of a ubiquitous symbol of industry distributed worldwide, while Agnieszka Polska presents a poetic collage of stock videos reflecting on notions of everyday life, inspired by a 1990 experiment to test conducted by the Galileo spacecraft on its way to Jupiter. Alice Bucknell’s 3D-animated work of world-building, AI, and speculative fiction investigates and critiques contemporary architectural visions for the colonization of Mars. Finally, Josèfa Ntjam offers an exploration around Persona, a fictional character inhabited by memories and narratives from her ancestors’ fight for Cameroon’s independence, in a film that explores permeations between temporalities, histories, hybrid bodies, and geographies.