From the creative ensemble behind Complicité’s sensational A Disappearing Number, this two-hander unfolds to reveal an intriguing take on mortality, consciousness and artificial life.
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 – both stellar contributors to recent Complicité hits – 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 triptych finds links between systems and creativity, technology and humanity, using theatre, music and art.
This story-telling machine crunches numbers with impressive attention to detail (the mathematical precision is extraordinary), but unfortunately, the final result doesn’t add up
This show does not talk down to its audience, does not give easy answers and does not expect to leave people particularly happy or satisfied (though it's quite fun at times)