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Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai
Concert installation: NeuroKnitting Beethoven

NeuroKnitting Beethoven (Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul & Shanghai)
NeuroKnitting Beethoven (Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul & Shanghai) | Photo (detail): © Courtesy Varvara & Mar.creative studio visual artists

A pianist who knits whilst playing Beethoven? That’s not impossible, as Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet prove with their “neuro-knitting” machine in a multi-layered recital-based installation. 

In their interactive installation NeuroKnitting Beethoven, Berlin artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet measure the brainwaves of a pianist playing Beethoven’s music in a recital. The pianist's brainwave activity is measured by an EEG headset and transmitted to a knitting machine! The machine converts these signals into a knitted pattern, whilst simultaneously projecting graphic representations of the brainwaves as well as images from inside the knitting machine onto a large screen to produce a complex “live-mix” concert installation. NeuroKnitting Beethoven is a project commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong and curated by the Public Art Lab.

Installation dates:

  • November 2020 (tbc): Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai