Real-Time Applications

Virtual Unism


Daria Tsoupikova, School of Art & Design, Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA, datsoupi @

School of Art & Design, EVL, UIC, USA: Daria Tsoupikova, Helen-Nicole Kostis, Hyeyun Park, Dubi Kaufmann, Tina Shah
Gosia Koscielak Studio & Gallery, USA: Malgorzata-Gosia Koscielak
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

Sculptress Katarzyna Kobro and painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski are two early 20th century art pioneers who created the Unism art movement. In their 1931 book “Space Compositions: Space-Time Rhythm and Its Calculations,” they describe the mathematics of open spatial compositions in terms of a ratio 8:5. They developed the theory of the organic character of sculpture, a fusion of Strzeminski’s Unistic theory of painting and Kobro’s ideas about sculpture’s basis in human rhythms of movement, time-space rhythm, and mathematical symbolism. Virtual Unism is a networked art piece that explores how Unistic theories can be translated, interpreted and extended to virtual reality to create harmonic experiences that address the human senses, such as sight with visuals, hearing with sound, and balance with movement.