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Foxconn Frequency (No.3) – Hong Kong Exile

#games #algorithms #China

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Foxconn Frequency (no. 3) depicts the inhuman conditions in Chinese hardware factories. It is a dizzying ‘algorithmic’ piece of music theatre. Three performers, playing a piano, run through a series of mini-games – projected live so that the audience can see whether they succeed or fail – whilst a soundtrack of electronic soundscapes rages in the background. Every performance is different, no two shows the same. During the performance 3D printers create an object which ultimately portrays the performers skills.

The show’s leitmotif is the poetry of Xu Lizhi, poet and factory worker at Foxconn, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer components. The poet committed suicide in 2014, at the young age of 24. Following his death his friends published his poetry in order to make people aware of the wretched conditions under which these workers must operate.Frequency (no. 3) is a creation of Canadian composer Remy Siu. He has also been nominated for the Gaudeamus Award 2019, one of the most important prizes for young composers worldwide.

PROGRAMME

Remy Siu - Foxconn Frequency (No.3)

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PERFORMERS

Remy Siu - Project director
Hong Kong Exile (Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim, Remy Siu) met Vicky Chow, Paul Paroczai en Matt Poon - Makers
Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Vicky Chow en Matt Poon - Performers
Xu Lizhi - Text

Commissioned by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival