Daria Tsoupikova, School of Art & Design, Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA, datsoupi @ evl.uic.edu
School of Art & Design, EVL, UIC, USA: Daria Tsoupikova, Hyeyun Park, Dubi Kaufmann, Tina Shah
Telematics Laboratory, Geophysical Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia: Mikhail Zhizhin, Alexander Andreev, Andrei Grudnev, Dmitry Kokovin
Hybrid Arts Laboratory, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA: Margaret Dolinsky, Dimitrij (Mitja) Hmeljak
Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo, USA: Josephine Anstey, Dave Pape, Geoffrey Baum
GLORIAD, USA: Greg Cole, Natasha Bulashova
Rutopia2 continues the tradition of Russian folktales by combining traditional folkloric utopian environments with futuristic technological concepts. This virtual-reality art project describes a futuristic sculpture garden with geometric-formed trees that change their shapes in real time under user control. Each tree module is a “monitor,” or mirror, into other worlds that are reflected onto the geometric planes of the trees in high resolution.