Strange Loops


Strange Loops is a triptych created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Douglas Hofstadter’s book Godel, Escher, Bach as part of the Barbican’s Life Rewired season.

The first part of the triptych (Bach) takes place in the concert hall on 9 March 2019. Called The Eternal Golden Braid (Hofstadter’s subtitle for the book) it explores through the music of Bach and beyond the idea of a Strange Loop.

The second part of the triptych (Escher) is a digital art installation called Behind a Facade of Order that will run in the main body of the Barbican that uses elements of the Barbican’s architecture to create a work that feeds back on itself.

The third part of the triptych (Godel) is my play with Victoria Gould I is a Strange Loop performed in the Pit theatre 21-23 March 2019. The play creates a theatrical strange loop to investigate ideas of artificial intelligence, mortality, infinity, love and theatre.

We are grateful for funding from the Simonyi Fund and The Royal Society to make Strange Loops a reality.

March 2019, Barbican