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Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet Sola
Interactive NeuroKnitting: Knitting with Your Brain stems from our previous work about knitting and brain data. A self-made circular knitting machine Circular Knitic is activated on the user’s EEG data in real-time. It means that knitting happens only when a spectator wears BCI (brain-computer interface). The audience’s meditation and attention levels are translated to the knitting machine's speed and pattern. Hence, the autonomous knitting machine is turned into a brain-data-driven mechanism that enables the audience to experience their brain activity through the knitting process, leaving the pattern in the garment behind. The growing collective brain-knitting installation is accompanied by the on-screen personal EEG data visualization overlaying AI-generated videos. A multimodal EEG data experience enables the viewers to understand their brain activity in novel and artistic ways.
Varvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. Often duo’s work is inspired by the information age. In their practice, they confront social changes and the impact of the technological era.
The artist duo has exhibited their art pieces in a number of international shows and festivals, like MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, Barbican and V&A Museum in London, Ars Electronica museum in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, etc. Dr Varvara Guljajeva is an Assistant Professor in Computational Media and Arts at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou). Mar Canet Sola is a PhD candidate and research fellow at Cudan research group in BFM Tallinn University.