Strange Lóóp

Premiered at the Theater of The Eighth Day
December 2010
Poznań, Poland.

Magdalena Przybysz
Marta Romaszkan

Concept and Music
Patryk Lichota

This performance attempts at an interpretation of the concept of “Strange Loop” examining the phenomena of the perception of consciousness through an audio/visual feedback loop. Two dancers are equipped with extended senses: camera - eyes and microphone - ears Their movement on stage triggers feedback of live sound and moving image. The point of reference is a centrally placed speaker, which serves as a primary sound source creating a relationship axis with the dancers. The parameters of the audio feedback are constantly altered by the dancers’ movement through space. The visual feedback is the culminating point of the performance. First the piece brings about the awareness of the inner workings of the technology itself, then slowly transforms as “strange loops’’ overlap and affect each other. Around the feedback a narrative of discovering cognitive mechanisms, the identification of space, oneself, and another is created.

Consciousness is a system of elements self-reconstructive in response to changing environmental stimuli. Machines digest senses. Machine metabolism. The content of our perception is the content of their stomachs. Output signals alter input signals circulating in the loop created by the system organism. Feedback is the machine’s consciousness, the information on its own operation. Strange Loop is the machine’s cry of identity. Strange Lóóp is the moment of consciousness which identifies its function. The scenic design is an identification map, a model of perception. Movement is the structure of the birth of cognitive processes. Mind becomes embodied.


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