Pound it! (2022)

Kexin Hao
Sponsor: V2_Lab Host: V2_Lab

Pound IT! is a performance by Kexin Hao, Rachwill Breidel and Tingyi Jiang.

Sticky rice cakes, known as mochi in Japan, nian gao in China, and chapssal-tteok in Korea, are an East Asian treat traditionally consumed at the Lunar New Year. Glutinous rice is processed into a sticky paste and then molded into shapes, folded around fillings or cooked again with other ingredients.

With this work we challenge the conventions of electronic music by bringing organic and manual elements into a live composition. The rice is the central force that influences all the other elements – the movement, the rhythms, the music, the crowd. Everything is about cooperating, conversing and synchronizing. We also want to introduce a new way of clubbing by reducing the need for the binary setup of a DJ booth in front of a dance floor. Clubbing can grow out of an activity, a type of labor, a food preparation process, a catering service.

This project was developed as part of a Summer Sessions residency at V2_.