Unfolding Space was conceived by Julieta Aguilera as an immersive malleable environment for the CAVE virtual reality theater where body gestures would alter the structure of the space surrounding the user. The iPad and iPhone versions of the piece give the user a small dynamic window into that world. Unlike the iPad and iPhone versions, the CAVE version of this application allowed you to move though an endless grid of tesseracts.

Unfolding Space is an interactive experience where the three dimensional shadow of a four dimensional textured grid is unfolded through gesture. Moving though this fluid grid seeks to evoke the experience of walking through a labyrinth that opens and closes its corridors at will, so the viewer is never trapped as long as he/she can master the form. In other words, "Unfolding Space" shows a structure that responds to motion as if the viewer was wearing space itself.

Julieta's idea reflects on how we assimilate the physical space that surrounds us into mental spaces, and is based on architectural, pictorial, and mathematical works in human history such as Gaudi's structures, Japanese gardens, Polynesian navigation, religious iconography, and knot theory. She was inspired by her mother's dream of being trapped in a labyrinth, and wanted to recreate that environment while giving the user the possibility of finding a way through.

What's New

Version 1.4.2

improved compatibility with newer phones

Ratings and Reviews

Something Special


Folding Space was one of the first apps I bought for an iPad. Don’t remember which one, I keep thinking I’ll find the answer down one of the infinite number of corridors I can explore.

Like one of the other reviewers I am delighted that this app has been kept active. Most of the apps that I get the message “won’t work with iOS 11” when I try to start I just delete it and forget it. Not so with this particular app.

I find it mesmerizing and sad I never saw the full version.

Love this app


I've had this for years. Have made amazing iPhone wallpaper with it. It's great for a visual (rather than audio) meditation. I am very glad it's still with us!

So much more than it first seems


The first review I saw started with "Pointless" I couldn't agree more. The thing is it is not supposed really to HAVE a point in my estimation. I downloaded and immediately opened it and after a few seconds of getting oriented to the controls and what they did, how they affected the functioning I let it run. I was mesmerized. As an artist I was seeing constructs I wanted to save. Unfortunately it seems not to have that ability. But I could feel my understanding of the relationship of spaces changing as I watched it evolve the "design" I had created. Some people seem not to have understood that it doesn't actually "DO" anything, except expand your mind and please your eye as it rotates or moves spaces through an infinitely evolving set of relationships. If you must have some reference point as to what it does then perhaps the idea of a kaleidoscope might give you a very limited starting place, but like no kaleidoscope you've ever seen. The engine in this free app is a technical marvel. Download it, it's free after all, play with it a little bit to set up a random set of spatial orientations then just sit back and watch it run. You'll feel a constant tug on your spatial senses and visual ideas. This one I'm keeping!


Andrew Johnson
10.9 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Italian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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