NeuroKnitting makes scarfs from your brainwaves
NeuroKnitting is a collaboration between artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet, and Sebastian Mealla, researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. The trio recorded volunteers’ brainwaves while they are listening to the first seven variations of Bach’s Goldberg Variations using EEG, which measures electrical activity of the brain through the scalp. Specifically, they recorded the relaxation, engagement and cognitive load of the volunteers, which was then sent to a specially developed program, called Knitic, designed to creating knitting patterns.
Of course, humans do not need to listen to music for brain activity to be recorded, however the group claims, via their website that:
Music is one of the most powerful mood inducers, provoking immediate affective reactions that can be deduced by looking at human physiology, as in the case of brain cortical activity. These affective states, that are implicit to every human being, can be measured through EEG technology. By applying this technique, we were able to create unique patterns coming from unique humans traits. It other words, personalized, implicit knitting with context and message.
Granted, their explanation may be a little confusing to some, however, what it boils down to is that human brains are hard wired to respond to rhythmic patterns, and therefore light up when we listen to music, regardless of what music it is. As everybody’s mind is unique, each scarf created will be equally unique to the mind it was born from. So, even if you’re not a fan of the work of Bach, never fear, after being subjected to the Goldberg Variations you’ll be sure to get a groovy scarf at the end.
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