Brain knitting
Brain knitting: Pattern through Bach’s Goldberg Variations

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Varvara Guljajeva(artist and phd candidate at the Estonian Art Academy),
Mar Canet(artist and MA candidate at Linz Art and Design University),
Sebastian Mealla (researcher at MTG - Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)


LET ME KNIT YOUR BRAIN!
To be more precise, we have plotted the brain wave data into a knitted pattern. And not just random data coming from EEG headset, but we have recorded user’s affective states while listening to the first seven “Goldberg Variations” of Bach. The audio was about 10 minutes long and we recorded downsampling every second of the signal coming from EEG device. The three main features were observed: relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load. All these data originating from the state of a brain was then converted into a knitting pattern. Hence, every stitch of a knitting pattern corresponds to a unique state of a brain in a certain moment. It means every second of the brain activity while listening to the music is captured and memorised in the knitted garment pattern.
Why have we used music for capturing the brain waves? Because music is a main source for inducing affective states of brain. The affective states, that are implicit to every human being, can be measure through EEG technology. Moreover, by plotting personal data obtained from EEG device and stimulated by music we were able to create unique patterns coming from the unique humans traits. It means personalized knitting, unique and very personal patterns, and finally knitted textile with context and message.
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