Foxconn Frequency (No.3) - for Three Visbly Chinese Performers

Project Lead
Remy Siu

Hong Kong Exile (Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim, Remy Siu) with Vicky Chow, Paul Paroczai, and Matt Poon

Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Vicky Chow, Matt Poon

Hong Kong

JC Cube

11 Oct 2019

Xu Lizhi (1990-2014)

Supported by
Canada Council for the Arts, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Commissioned by
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Foxconn Frequency (no.3) - for three visibly Chinese performers is a work of "algorithmic theatre" that incorporates real-time game mechanics, piano pedagogy, 3D-printing, and the poetry of former Foxconn worker Xu Lizhi (许立志).

Three performers work with and against each other as they move through a series of testings and mini-games sourced from piano training. They succeed and fail in real-time, forced to correct their mistakes before they can continue. In each performance, 3D-printers output an object documenting the performer's competency over time.

Fully automated and generative, the work is different every performance, ranging from 50 minutes to 80 minutes: an experiment in digital game-mechanics as a way of meaning making in the performing arts.