I is a Strange Loop Screening and Q&A

I is a Strange Loop Screening and Q&A

25th May 2021

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Watch the full-length film screening of a performance of I is a Strange Loop recorded at the Oxford Playhouse and then join authors Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould ‘In Conversation’ with Simon McBurney of theatre company Complicité.

The event is an Oxford Mathematics Online Public Lecture in partnership with Faber Members.

The event will be screened via the Oxford Mathematics YouTube Channel at 5–7 p.m. on 25 May 2021.

I is a Strange Loop

Written and performed by Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould. Published by Faber.

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 its infinite universe and abstract thought. But then Y appears, insisting they interact, exposing X to Y’s sensory and physical existence. Each begins to hanker after what the other has until a remarkable thing happens . . . involving a strange loop.

To coincide with publication of the script by Faber, there will be a screening of a performance of the play staged at the Oxford Playhouse followed by an in-conversation event where Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould are joined by Simon McBurney, founder of Complicité, to discuss mathematics and theatre.


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