ANGELA [a strange loop]

concept Susanne Kennedy and Markus Selg
text and direction Susanne Kennedy
with the Festival d'Automne 2023

in English, with French surtitles every day

duration 1h40

8 – 17 November 2023

Berthier 17e

with Tarren Johnson, Ixchel Mendoza Hernández, Dominic Santia, Kate Strong and Diamanda La Berge Dramm (live music)

Susanne Kennedy is one of the most singular artists to have emerged on the European scene in the last few years. Inspired by the vulnerability that we have collectively been experiencing for the past three years, she created, with the multimedia artist Markus Self, a zoom on a woman’s life. What makes Angela Angela? We follow her through the most banal situations of human existence: waking up and sleeping, being born and giving birth, growing old and dying. Suddenly, she becomes sick. Do Angela’s mysterious symptoms transform her, or do they only change the way she sees herself? Angela is made up of millions of experiences, some of which have been told to her by others. Her perceptions create connections between social situations and digital worlds. What if she was nothing else but a "weird loop," an endless sequence that reactivated itself? At a time when bodies, machines, and technology connect to each other, what are existence, identity, and conscience becoming? Kennedy and Self turn ANGELA [a strange loop] into a case study on what it means to be human today.