“Oloid” is a minimal surface constructed on an elementary knot of two rings. This knot was formulated by Heinz Hopf in the beginning of the 20th century, and is also known as the Hopf ring, Hopf Link or Hopf Knot.  Knot theory and minimal surfaces are mathematical constructs that help us in getting grip on reality, like Galileo Galilei formulated so eloquently.

Oloid has two sides that radiate light as each other’s inverse, like two sides of the same reality. The shape acts like a gate, and spectators can pass through. The artwork is fitted with sensors that react to people while passing by chancing the light and colours. The light is generated by the surroundings of the artwork; camera’s record and abstractify its surroundings.

Spectators have an immersive and playful experience and are challenged to interact with the artwork, as they experience their influence on the moving lights on the continuous surfaces of the intriguing shape.



Project data

Client:          Beijing Light festival
Budget:       € 20.000,-, ex tax, transport and placement
Date:            2018