NeuroKnitting is the result of collaborations between scientists and artists. By measuring relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load, each aspect is translated into a knitting pattern and actualized into a wearable garment. The creators outline their process below:
“This project is a collaboration between artist-duo Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet and MTG researcher Sebastian Mealla. Sebastian Mealla is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on the possible uses of brain and body signals for multimodal interaction. Sebastian Mealla has brought his expertise on physiological computing to this project. Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet are the developers a open hardware knitting machine Knitic allowing creative use of digital knitting technology.
The knitted garments picture the listener’s affective and cognitive states during the experiment. It is a way of making tangible the implicit the states of users and visualizing them in an original way as a large and personal data footprint.
Neuro Knitting represents a novel way of personal, generative design and fabrication. An approach that brings together affective computing and digital crafts. And thus, it offers new applications and creative thinking to both areas.
Together they had brainstorm this art project to demonstrate art and science collaboration.”
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