A novel experience of classical music at the interface between neuro science, music and media art
The interactive concert installation will be performed live in HongKong Arts Centre and also live-streamed on Goethe-Institut Hongkong's Facebook at 7:00pm on November 14, 2020 (Sat).
Registration required: https://hkac.org.hk/calendar_detail/?u=v0IpAhQydcs
With the interactive concert installation "NeuroKnitting Beethoven", the two media artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet record how the brain waves of a pianist are stimulated when playing Beethoven's music. Concert viewers experience how the pianist's brain frequencies are measured with an EEG helmet, transformed into electrical impulses by a computer program, and transmitted to a knitting machine, which is set in motion by the data and impulses received: This creates a knitted scarf during the concert. At the same time, images of the graphic conversion of brain frequencies and images from the inside of the knitting machine are projected onto a large screen in a live mix. The result is a complex concert installation - intercontinental: Because of Covid19, the artists are in Talinn, Estonia with the knitting machine, while the Beethoven concert and the media installation take place here in Hong Kong. The brain impulses and images are sent back and forth online.
"NeuroKnitting Beethoven" is curated by Public Art Lab, Berlin, and realized on commission by the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, in cooperation with Hong Kong Arts Centre. The pianist is Linda Yim Chui Chu (Hong Kong New Music Ensemble).
After the concert, the artists will share the concept in their work with the online-audience.
About the artists:
Varvara & Mar
Varvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. The duo were Artists in Residence on invitation of City University – School of Creative Media from February – April 2020.
Linda’s musical journey began at a young age. Taking up the piano at the age of eight, she later graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Royal College of Music, London and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she obtained her Master of Arts degree majoring in piano.