A lightweight, tractable structure, devised to engage the visitors in spontaneous choreographies. Polytope is rigid and yet, flexible. It’s void but it has a constant volume. Polytope is a multitude of tetrahedrons built with carbon fiber rods. Because the material is extremely light, and the geometry articulated, the structure reshapes itself continuously, while the visitor explores it within his or her own references.
The work first shown at ‘No Patent Pending’ #17, Quartair, The Hague, December 8th, 2015. Performed with SonoLab duo (Mei-Yi Lee and Vitaly Medvedev). Polytope has also been exhibited in:
- Playful Arts Festival, Den Bosch, June 2016
- Schema Museum, Cheongju, South Korea, July 2016
- Cinekid Festival, Amsterdam, October 2016
- Charlama Gallery, Sarajevo Winter Festival, Bosnia & Herzegovina, February 2017
- The Inside Out, The Inside In, Quartair, Hoogtij, March 2017
- FILE São Paulo, July-August 2018
Polytope unfolds a dialogue in which the user becomes choreographer and in turn gets choreographed by the sculpture. Small, subtle gestures may provoke great deal of response from the structure.
As the sculpture adapts to the movement of the user, it assumes different dimensions and forms. Through this interplay between sculpture and user, different behaviors arise. People display various ways of moving and reacting, according to mood, age, background, creativity and so forth. When there is no audience, Polytope can be seen lying the floor as a classic sculpture – waiting for the next visitor to revive it.
Ludmila is interested in assessing our relation with space in motion (proprioception). And how the senses – focusing on tactility – interact with the surrounding. How to interfere, instigate and develop our physical awareness. Ludmila believes we have an inherent intelligence embedded in the skin, muscles and joints. That kind of intelligence has only recently been acknowledged by the science and the arts.
In her works, whether an installation or a performance, both the architecture and its inhabitants share a great role in the experience. The characteristics of the space, the materials, the acoustics, the air streams and the smells, all become part of the composition. Through these physical interplays, the experience becomes an intuitive exploration both at the individual and at the social level.
In elementary geometry, a polytope is a geometric object with flat sides, and may exist in any general number of dimensions n as an n-dimensional polytope, or n-polytope. For example a two-dimensional polygon is a 2-polytope and a three-dimensional polyhedron is a 3-polytope.
The strategy of the piece is to engage users in an intuitive discovery, generating unique performative qualities, as each user has a way of interpreting and moving.