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I is a strange loop



The Barbican Centre


Professor Marcus du Sautoy FRS joins the creative ensemble behind Complicité’s sensational A Disappearing Number. The play unfolds to reveal an intriguing take on mortality, consciousness and artificial life.

I is a strange loop. Photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega, Science Museum

Alone in a cube that glows in the darkness, X is content with his infinite universe and abstract thought. But then Y appears, insisting they interact, exposing him to her sensory and physical existence. Each begins to hanker after what the other has until a remarkable thing happens - involving a strange loop.

Featuring acting mathematicians Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould, I is a strange loop is part of a Barbican series investigating consciousness through music, machines and the mind. Led by Du Sautoy, who takes inspiration from the 40th anniversary of Douglas Hofstadter’s seminal book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, the play finds links between systems and creativity, technology and humanity, using theatre, music and art.

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This event is part of the Strange Loops triptych as part of the Royal Society's year-long partnership with the Barbican's Life Rewired season.

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Professor Marcus du Sautoy joins the creative ensemble behind theatre Complicité for a play revealing an intriguing take on mortality, consciousness and artificial life.

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