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!
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The performance documented by this video took place in St. Louis' Peabody Opera House on September 20th as the finale to the Strange Loop 2013 conference. It was commissioned by the organizer of that conference, Alex Miller, specifically to accompany a lecture given by Douglas Hofstadter that preceded the piece, entitled "What is a strange loop, and what is it like to be one?" The cast consisted of Rob Adler, Mike Stutz, Katrina Amerine, and David Stutz, and the live music was performed by the Gateway Brass Quintet.
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For full credits and more information on the piece, see: synthesist.net/thrownforaloop
For information about the Strange Loop conference, see: thestrangeloop.com