Virtual Unism

Realizing and extending Unist theories
created by two early art pioneers.

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.

Created by
Malgorzata-Gosia Koscielak - Gosia Koscielak Studio & Gallery
Helen-Nicole Kostis - Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), UIC
Daria Tsoupikova - Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), UIC


Storyboards of the virtual city.
Screenshots of the city, avatars, and interaction in Virtual Unism.
Virtual Unism networked exhibition during the IGRID 2005 International conference on advanced scientific research in international and national global network systems Calit2, University of California, San Diego, CA, September 26-29, 2005. Live network connection with Electronic Visualization Laboratory in Chicago.
Visitors explore Virtual Unism in the CAVE environment.