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Thrown for a Loop: A Carnival of Consciousness


I have been collaborating with my brother Mike on a new performance piece, which will be performed for the first time in September at Alex Miller’s Strange Loop conference in St. Louis. The piece is based on the work of Douglas Hofstadter, and is a romp through some of the concepts presented in his classic “Gödel, Escher, Bach”. Here is a link to the event page. It should be a lot of fun!

Quoting from our blurb:

A floating goddess spawning strange loops. A rowdy inquisitor speaking in antic paradox. A carnival hawker preaching the magical powers of abstraction. A sentient computer pushed to its logical limits. Drawing upon opera, circus, theater, and dance, this troupe, accompanied by brass band, video, and synthesized electronics, stumbles into the nature of mind, slides past the edge of science, and falls into the abyss of consciousness. Based on the work of eminent philosopher, author, and cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter, this multimedia performance explores the origins and nature of consciousness. All of the mind is a stage and we are merely players!