Foxconn Frequency (No.3)

Musical collective Hong Kong Exile present a unique work in which a trio of classical pianists collaborates, and sometimes competes, in a hybrid of musical composition and live-action computer gaming that redefines the notion of play. An array of supporting machinery and output devices transmits and interferes with the trio’s virtuosic performance, testing them to react in real time and improvise to its randomly generated interruptions. Poetry written by Xu Lizhi, a former employee of the infamous Taiwanese tech firm Foxconn, cuts through the performance in shocks and starts, giving a key to this frenetic, unnerving and very contemporary work.