Resume/About

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Photo by Najhin.

Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet have been working together as an artist duo since 2009. They have exhibited their art pieces in a number of international shows and festivals. Last year the duo has been commission by Google and Barbican Centre for creating a new art piece for Digital Revolution exhibition. And this year their public art proposal for Green Square Library and Plaza in Sydney was nominated for the second and final stage.

In addition to that, they have been on non-stop residency tour for three years. The artist duo locates itself in the field of art and technology and is concerned about the new forms of art, innovation, and also the application of knitting in the field of digital fabrication. They are the authors of open source knitting machine Knitic and Circular Knitic. Their aim is the integration of textile fabrication into the makers’ culture. Thus, they use and challenge technology in order to explore novel concepts in art and design. Hence, research is an integral part of their creative practice.
In addition to kinetic and interactive installations, the artists have also experience with working in public space and with urban media.

Varvara (born in Tartu, Estonia), gained her bachelor degree in IT from Estonian IT College, master degree in digital media from ISNM in Germany and currently is a PhD candidate at the Estonian Art Academy in the department of Art and Design.
Mar (born in Barcelona) has two degrees: in art and design from ESDI in Barcelona and in computer game development from University Central Lancashire in UK. Also he is a co-founder of Derivart and Lummo.

Grants/Awards/Residencies:
2016 3rd prize, public art competition of Põlva Gümnaasium by RKAS, Estonia
2016 1st prize, public art competition NUKU Theatre by RKAS, Estonia
2016 3rd prize, public art competition Pronksi 12 by RKAS, Estonia
2016 3 months artistic practice grant by Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2016 Rambleta art production and research grant
2015 FabAwards 3rd prize
2015 Award of 3D Printing Contest of Instructables
2014 new work commissioned by Ayuntamiento Zaragoza
2014 new work commission by Mobile World Capital
2014 Devart commission by Google
2013 SUBNET AIR residency in Salzburg, Austria (Sept)
2013 new work commission by Connecting Cities Network
2013 FLOSS residency at Constant Variable, Brussels, Belgium (March)
2012/13 residency at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul, Korea (Dec-Feb)
2012 residency at Marginalia+Lab, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Sep-Nov)
2012 award of Baltic Goes Digital contest, Gdansk, Poland (July)
2012 residency at Verbeke Foundation, Belgium (July-Aug)
2012 M4m Artist in Residency at MU Galleryn, Eindhoven, NL (Jan-April)
2011 Artist in Residency at Crida, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Nov-Dec)
2011 EMARE Artist in Residency at FACT Liverpool, UK (July-Nov)
2011 Collaborative Research Residency at FFKD in Copenhagen (April)
2010 Jury Prize for media art installation at 23rd Stuttgarter Filmwinter (20.30.01.2010, Germany)
2009 Asia-Europe Foundation commission

Solo exhibitions:
2017 Knitting Experiments, Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2016 Cameleon, Rambleta art centre, Valencia, Spain
2015 Tree of Hands, curated by Oyuki Matsumoto, Malmö Live concert hall, Sweden (22nd Oct – 22nd Nov).
2015 KnitFabSuper Surface Space Moscow, Russia (28th Sept – 16th Oct)
2014 Knitting Experiments, curated by Jerneja Rebnak, Maribor City Gallery, Slovenia (29th Aug – 28th Sept)
2014 Traveling Fish, Design and Architecture Gallery in Tallinn, Estonia (13th – 22nd March)
2012 SPAMpoetrySTPLN, Malmö, Sweden (11th – 18th May solo show,)
2011 Execution #X, IAMAS OS, Ogaki, Japan (17th-21st June)

Group exhibitions:
2016 The Rhythm of Wind, exhibition Arts in Nature Horizons 2016, Sancy natural park, France
2016 Data Drops, group show Reverberadas, ETOPIA, Zaragoza, Spain
2016 SmileTree of Hands, Glitch’d Hit, group show Remote Signals curated by Pau Waelder, ARS building in frames of Iberofest, Tallinn, Estonia (14th-20th March)
2016 Speed of Markets, group exhibition In Time (The Rhythm of the Workshop) curated by Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Shannon R. Stratton at MAD, New York (22nd Feb – 22nd May)
2016 Wishing Wall, group exhibition Digital Revolution curated by Conrad Bodman, Zorlu Centre, Istanbul, Turkey (16th Feb – 12th June)
2016 Smile Tallinn Winter Festival, Estonia (5th – 7th Feb)
2016 Rhythm of City, group exhibition Real Time curated by Pau WaelderArts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain (28th Jan to 10th April)
2016 WifiPedia, group show Väljavaade curated by Keret Altpere, Gallery Noorus, Tatru, Estonia (28th Jan – 13th Feb)
2016 SPAMpoetry, TADAEX festival, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran (1st – 8th Jan)
2015 Data DropsDTL 2015, MIT Media Lab, Boston, USA (16th – 17th Nov)
2015/16 Wishing Wall, group exhibitionDigital Revolution curated by Conrad Bodman, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece (19th Oct’15 – 10th Jan)
2015 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from…Aurora Festival, Dallas, Texas, USA (16th Oct)
2015 Circular KniticLondon Design FestivalV&A Museum, London, UK (26th-27th Sept)
2015 WiFipedia, group show TL;DR curated by Stacey KooselTallinna Kunstihoone Gallery (31st July – 23rd Aug)
2014/15 Circular Knitic, group show DOERS curated by David Cuartielles, Etopia, Zaragoza, Spain (Dec’14 – July)
2014/15 Wishing Wall, group exhibitionDigital Revolution curated by Conrad Bodman, Tekniska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (Oct 14 – Aug)
2014 The Highest Human Tower (Mobile World Capital commission), Music+Art exhibition in Mobile World Centre, Barcelona, Spain (21st Oct-13th Dec)
2014 Wireless Poetry and Revealing Digital Landscape, group show Systema curated by Aja Martin, Zhulong gallery, Dallas, TX, USA (25th Oct-29th Nov)
2014 The Rhythm of City, group exhibition Digital City curated by Daniel Artamendi, Donostia Kultura, San Sebastian, Spain(17th Oct-15th Dec)
2014 Shopping in 1 MinuteSuur-Lasnamae Urban Art Event, Tallinn, Estonia (24th Sept – 9th Nov)
2014 Wishing Wall, a commissioned piece by Google and Barbican Centre, group exhibitionDigital Revolution curated by Conrad Bodman, Barbican Centre, London, UK (3rd July – 14th Sept)
2014  NeuroKnitting, group exhibition CornerArtDealProject gallery, Barcelona, Spain, (19th June – 17th Aug)
2014 The Rhythm of CityFestival CTI, Barcelona, Spain (14 – 29th June)
2014 Wireless Poetry and Revealing Digital Landscape, group show The Hypnotist Collector curated by Stacey Koosel, Nauart gallery, Barcelona, Spain (6th-27th June)
2014  The Rhythm of City, group show Hybrid Artthe Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia (29th May – 24th Aug)
2014 NeuroKnitting, group show Klanghypothesen subnet AIR, Stadtgalerie Lehen, Salzburg, Austria (6th-22nd March)
2013 The Rhythm of City, group show Transreal Topologies curated by Julian Stadon, Adelaine, Australia
2013 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from… at iMal in Brussels in frames of Connecting Cities
2013 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from… at Federal Square Melbourne, Australia  in frames of Connecting Cities
2013 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from… at Riga2014 in frames of Connecting Cities
2013 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from… at MediaLab Prado Madrid  in frames of Connecting Cities
2013 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from… at CHB in Berlin in frames of Connecting Cities
2013 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from… at Bauhaus Fest in Dessau  in frames of Connecting Cities
2013 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from… at Ars Electronica museum  in frames of Connecting Cities
2013 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from… at FACT Liverpool in frames of Connecting Cities
2013 Binoculars to.. Binoculars from… at Media Facade Festival Helsinki (part of Connecting Cities)
2013 SPAMpoetry, group show Technical Textiles, Berlin, Germany (11th-13th April)
2013  The Rhythm of Sao Paulo, The celebrations of Sao Paulo city , FIESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil (24th -27th Jan )
2012 The Rhythm of Sao PauloSP_Urban Digital Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil (09th-12th Dec)
2012 The Rhythm of CityEl Centro San Martin, Buenas Aires, Argentina (29th Nov-10th Dec)
2012 Kombi and Knitic, group showMarginalia+Lab, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (28th Nov-02nd Dec)
2012/13 Shopping in 1 Minute, group exhibition DIY, DASA, Dortmund, Germany (Sept-April)
2012 Baltic Sea Radio, Baltic Goes Digital award show, Gdansk City Gallery, Poland (14th Sept-04th Nov)
2012 SPAMpoetryMalmö Festivalen, Malmö, Sweden (17th-24th Aug)
2012 SPAMpoetryIncubarte Festival, Valencia, Spain (21st-23rd June)
2012 Echinodermata, Flux of Sea, Sonima, group show Naturalezas: hiper-vidas y micro-relatos, MOB, Barcelona, Spain (13th March-13th April)
2012 EchinodermataJUSTMAD3 Art Fair,Madrid, Spain (16th-19th Feb)
2011/12 Shopping in 1 Minute, group exhibition DIY, Frankfurt and Berlin Communication Museums (Aug 2011 – Aug 2012)
2011 Flux of Sea, performance, Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum of Palma, Palma, Spain (09th Dec)
2011 The Rhythm of CityElektronika Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (12th-27th Nov)
2011 The Rhythm of CityLAB30 festival, Augsburg, Germany (27th-29th Oct)
2011 The Rhythm of CityVAD Festival, Girona, Spain (06th-15th Oct)
2011 Popcorn for CyclingAND Festival, Liverpool, UK (23rd Sept-02nd Oct)
2011 RepairStation, performance, FFKD, Copenhagen, Denmark (20th May)
2011 The Rhythm of CityEnter5 biennial, CIANT, Prague Czech Republic (14th-23rd April)
2011 Echinodermata and SonimaLiveHerring11 biennial, Saarijärvi, Finland(08th April-08th June)
2010 Shopping in 1 MinuteKiblix Festival, Kibla Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia (18th-28th Nov)
2010 Augmented PhotographyUAMO Festival, München, Germany (21st-24th Oct)
2010 Augmented Photography and My Name is 192.168.159.16, White Night, Skopje, Macedonia (2nd Oct)
2010 My Name is 192.168.159.1623rd Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Germany (20th-30th Jan)

Talks:
2016 “From code to magic” at X-Studio in Istanbul (10th Feb’16)
2016 guest lecture at Master program of Visual Art + Multimedia in the University of Valencia (21st Jan’16)
2015 “From code to magic” guest lecture at Design and Computation group MIT
2015 “Soft Digital Fabrication” at Bau Design Forum in Barcelona
2015 “From code to magic”, Digital Media department of UPF, Barcelona, Spain
2015 “Soft Digital Fabrication”  at WeMake, Milan
2015 “From code to magic”, open lecture at SUPSI, Lugano, Switzerland
2014 “From code to magic”,  Etopia, Zaragoza, Spain
2014 “From code to magic”, Topconf, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 keynote at MIRA festival in Barcelona, Spain
2014 “City as data body”, Donostia Kultura, Spain
2014 artist talk, Ljudmila, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2014 “Knitic – Soft Digital Fabrication”, Cipke, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2014 artist talk at Bloomberg Art+Tech event, London, UK
2013 “Unexpected Ways How IT meets Art” at Estonian IT College
2013 “Knitic – Open Source Knitting Machine” at Toulouse Hacker Space Factory Conference (Toulouse, Fance)
2013 “Knitic – Open Source Knitting Machine” at Technical Textiles (Berlin, Germany)
2013 “Knitic – Open Source Knitting Machine” at Open Source Open Course at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique (Brussels, Belgium)
2012 “Development of Personal Manufacturing. Case Study: Knitic”, Mutamorphosis, CIANT, Prague, CZ
2012 “Development of Digital Fabrication. Case Study: knitting printer”, Prospectives’12, University of Nevada, Reno, US
2012 “Development of Digital Fabrication. Case Study: knitting printer”, Open Knowledge Festival, Helsinki, Finland
2012 Artist talk, STPLN, Malmö, Sweden
2012 Artist talk + lecture, IDC, Howest University, Kortrijk, Belgium
2011 Paper presentation, ISEA2011, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Artist talk, Hiroshima University, Japan
2011 Artist talk, IAMAS, Ogaki, Japan
2011 Artist talk, FFKD, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011 “The Rhythm of City”, Enter5 Symposium, Prague, CZ
2010 “The Rhythm of City”, Amber Conference, Istanbul Turkey

Teaching:
28.-29.12.15 3D printing workshop, Espai Erre, Barcelona, Spain
07-08.11.15 Animate with Code workshops for families and educators Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece
27-28.10 and 03-04.11.15 Arduino for beginners workshop, Varvara & Mar studio, Tallinn, Estonia
21-23.09.15 3D Printing workshop, Varvara & Mar studio, Tallinn, Estonia
04-12.08.15 Arduino for Beginners course at Mektory, Tallinn, Estonia
16-18.06.15 3D Printing workshop, Varvara & Mar studio, Tallinn, Estonia
12-14.06.15 Animate with Code workshop at Tekniska Museet in Stockholm, Sweden
12-14.05.15 Arduino for Beginners course at Textile department of Estonian Art Academy, Tallinn, Estonia
01.05.15 Circular Knitic workshop at  Espacio Open, Bilbao, Spain
28-29.04.15 Circular Knitic workshop at Ultra-Lab, Madrid, Spain
26.03 – 09.04.15 Arduino for Beginners course at Mektory, Tallinn, Estonia
07.02.15 Circular Knitic workshop at WeMake, Milan
14-18.07.14 Young Creators workshop facilitated by Google and Barbican (Barbican, London)
26–27.03.14 Urban Bees 2.0 (Abellas Urbanas 2.0) workshop together with Mar Canet and OpenSystems University of Barcelona (Hangar, Barcelona, Spain)
18.05.13 Knitic, workshop, PianoFabrique, Constant (Brussels, Belgium)
27.12.12 Kombi II, workshop, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon (Seoul, Korea)
12-13.05.12 Digital knitting fabrication, workshop, STPLN (Malmö, Sweden)
11.04.2012 Robotics with Arduino, workshop, Design Academy Eindhoven (NL)
22-23.03.12 Robotics + Digital Fabrication, workshop (MU & Impakt, NL)
14.03.2012 “Introduction to Robotics with Arduino” (MOB, Barcelona, SPAIN)
Aug 2011 ISA International Summer University (Ohrid, Macedonia)

Publications:
2013 Knitic and NeuroKnitting projects discussed in Verena Kuni’s book Häkeln + Stricken für Geeks published by O’Reilly
2013 interview in the book edited by Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism edited by Betsy Greer
2013 article Knitic – Soft Digital Fabrication in the book Social Fabric edited by Michelle Baggermann
2013 poster Knitic – The Revolution of Soft Digital Fabrication at Digital Humanities Conference 2013
2012 “Development of Personal Manufacturing. Case Study: Knitic”, MutamorphosisCIANT, Prague, CZ
2012 “The Conceptualisation of Urban Media: FACT’s ‘Disco Window’”, essay together with Mike Stubbs and Mar Canet Sola in Urban Media Cultures edited by Susa Pop, Ursula Stalder, Mirjam Struppek , Gernot Tscherteu. Avedition Gmbh,Csi
2011 “The Rhythm of City. Geo-located Social Data as an Artistic Medium”, ISEA2011
2010 “The Rhythm of City”, Amber Conference, Istanbul Turkey
2010 R. Modrak, B. Anthes “Reframing Photography. Theory and Practice”, Routledge, Nov 2010 (contribution with “Augmented Photography” project)