Beyond A Facade Of Order
The Barbican
London 2019

“It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.” - Douglas Hofstadter

In response to the seemingly impossible worlds of M C Escher, Behind a Facade of Order is an algorithmic, responsive installation that creates a series of feedbacka loops throughout the Barbican.

M C Escher’s illustrations used geometric transformation to build spatial impossibilities and alternative perspectives on reality. In Douglas Hofstadter’s book Godel, Escher, Bach, these drawings are used as representations of strange loops - mechanisms underlying human consciousness.

Using the architecture of the Barbican as an input, Behind a Facade of Order deconstructs how we see the world into a sequence of inter-connected, thin slices. These slices are rendered as sound, light and shadow to create a granular notation for these narrow windows of experience.

The installation consists of three works, each presenting a different scale and perspective. Quantised, recursive structures are transformed in response to human movement, building a tangled hierarchy between human, machine and architecture.