Sat, 2013-03-02 19:30

A performance lecture by Marcus du Sautoy Featuring music by James Holden and visuals by One of Us

2 March 2013 / 19:30
Barbican Hall

Tickets £15 - 20

Marcus du Sautoy - BBC Horizon presenter and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford - takes you on a journey into consciousness, in a performance-lecture that combines music, specially conceived visuals, lighting design and interactive experiences.

The evening is divided into five chapters that cover different areas of consciousness from animals to artificial intelligence. Du Sautoy and his guests explain how we can see inside the workings of the brain and ask questions such as 'What happens as our brain performs different tasks?', 'When do we become conscious?', 'Can you have multiple consciousnesses?', 'How much of my brain can I remove before I would lose my sense of I?', 'Is my cat conscious?', and 'Can a machine ever be conscious or be deemed intelligent?'. 

James Holden
, a British electronic music artist and DJ who studied Mathematics at Oxford University, performs his soundtrack for the evening which explores sound and consciousness. The music first enters the audience’s consciousness subtly with motifs that are introduced throughout the first chapters, then grows gradually and finally reaches a climax with shaman-like tempi that could eventually culminate in an altered state of consciousness. 

The visuals of the evening are created by Soho based studioOne Of Us, who draw on Wellcome Trust’s archive footage and the scientists’ own archives to complete this unique synthesis of scientific concepts, music and visuals.