There are situations when it seems helpful imagining, to model a situation or a process in space. In this case, we make a mind map, write words on a blackboard or on slips of paper, group them, personify the factors in a dramatic play… there are an infinite number of methods. One such situation analysis/modelling option is the use of the icosahedron in the Creation Garden. Its peculiarity is that it is non-virtual, physically graspable – you can climb on it – its spatiality makes it suitable for making relatively complex situations and processes visible, graspable, experienceable and manageable.

The situation analysis/modelling is carried out by 1-12 participants with the help of a facilitator. Assuming 1 or 2 three-hour meetings per day, the modelling will take 1-3 days, depending on the scope and complexity of the topic, the number of participants and the time available.

– The subject of the analysis is defined, named, clarified and nuanced.
– The 6*2=12 points of the icosahedron can be used to place six dimensions or pairs of opposites, each of which is specific to the subject. The phenomenon under study is positioned on lines (or even curves) stretched between the vertices. Find which of the two endpoints is closer or further away. It is helpful to exclude from the investigation what lies outside the two vertices. The selected points of the six dimensions, lines, define a more precisely defined, narrowed (conceptual) space, the examination of which, even if only the way to get there – a common reflection – helps participants to move forward.

The question may be personal or universal, practical or philosophical, or even poetic… it is worth starting the analysis if you have no preconceptions, if you really do not know the outcome. The memorable example of a group of secondary school students who chose death as a subject to model, a subject that was certainly unknown and unknowable, is instructive.

In the case of an analysis over several days, it is possible to accommodate and cater for 12 people in a culturally appropriate way in the Creation Garden. There is also a travelling copy of the same size of the icosahedron in the Alkotokert, with the difference that the travelling one cannot be climbed on.

The amount of the fee (or bursary) will be determined on an individual basis. You can apply by filling in the REQUEST FOR AN ICOSAHEDRAL SITUATION ANALYSIS

 Background info

Rudolf Lábán – an important pioneer and inspirational figure in modern dance and thus in contemporary dance culture – initiated the use of the ikosahedron for dance. This is how I got to know the icosahedron.
I recommend this well-illustrated summary in Spanish.

After successfully obtaining literally dozens of permits, the installation of the Icosahedron, which was created with the help of a public tender, was not authorised by the current municipal council and mayor of the 3rd district, citing ‘lack of maintenance’, and so the object was moved to the Creative Garden, where it has been perfectly functional for almost a decade without any maintenance.

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