Hot Sugar's Cold World is a peak into the life of Nick Koenig. It takes place in a world that encourages over-sharing in the attempt to appear socially acceptable measured by the amount of likes and followers. In this case, we get to follow (but not necessarily like) Nick Koenig.
Nick seems to have a great disdain for social graces, and quite possibly, as a result feels socially isolated. In the first couple clips he doesn't care enough to change out of a ratty torn up t-shirt. Later on, when he reaches Paris he questions the authenticity of friendship. He comments on how things in this hyper-connected world seem to be so very superficial.
Hot Sugar's Cold World also questions our visually based culture at the exclusion of auditory experiences. It would seem like a biased argument given that he obsessively records sounds to alter into notes. But, think about it. You know what a hippo looks like. You could probably draw one while you were in pre-school. Do you know what one sounds like? ...
Hot Sugar's Cold World may be his attempt to gain social relevance. More importantly, it also appears to be Nick Koenig's way of questioning the whole notion of our prioritizing the visual.
Finally, I don't think Nick Koenig gives a tweet whether you like him or not. Nor should he.
HOT DOCS Screening Times
Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - 9:30 - Scotiabank Theatre
Monday, April 27th, 2015 - 2:15 - Scotiabank Theatre
Friday, May 1rst, 2015 - 3:45 - Hart House Theatre