Gosia Malgorzata Koscielak

Daria Tsoupikova
Helen-Nicole Kostis
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago

irtual Unism is a CAVE based art piece
realizing and extending Unist theories
created by Katarzyna Kobro and Wladyslaw
Strzeminski, two early XX Century art pioneers.
As artists we are interested in exploring the
potential of Unism in Virtual Reality and how
Unistic theories can be translated, interpreted
and extended, while experimenting with the relationship between sound, colors, forms, body presence and movement in space. All this creates
an introduction to the experiencing virtual sculpture
as an infinite energy form, of time and space.


Gosia Koscielak’s conceptual artwork and the title of her conceptual artwork series "Virtual Unism" was the basis for this iGrid 2005 virtual-reality implementation, developed for iGrid 2005. Starting in 1994, Gosia began researching the theory of Unism, a modernist art theory created in the beginning of the 20th century by Wladyslaw Strzeminski and Katarzyna Kobro in Poland.

culptress Katarzyna Kobro and painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, colleagues of Malevich, Chagall, and Kandinsky, are considered
important figures in the history of European avant-garde, connected with Constructivism. Their major achievement is the creation of the Unism, an art movement, in painting and sculpture. Katarzyna Kobro and Wladyslaw Strzeminski in their book Space Compositions: Space-Time Rhythm and Its Calculations from 1931, described the mathematics of the open spatial compositions in terms of an 8:5 ratio. They developed a 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.

Technical description of the project
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