Resume/About


Photo by Najhin.

Varvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. Often duo’s work is inspired by the digital age. In their practice they confront social changes and impact of technological era. In addition to that, Varvara & Mar are fascinated by kinetics and participation, which are integral parts of their work.
Artist duo has exhibited their art pieces in a number of international shows and festivals. In 2014 duo has been commission by Google and Barbican for creating a new art piece for Digital Revolution exhibition. In 2015 their public art proposal for Green Square Library and Plaza in Sydney was nominated for the final stage. This year they have completed public art commission in Tallinn and have won 2nd and 3rd prizes for public art in Estonia. Varvara & Mar has exhibited at MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, Barbican in London, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Ars Electronica museum in Linz, Maribor City Gallery in Slovenia, etc.

Varvara (born in Tartu, Estonia), gained her bachelor’s degree in IT from Estonian IT College, master’s degree in digital media from ISNM in Germany and currently is a PhD candidate at the Estonian Academy of Arts 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. He also has gain a master’s degree from Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design Linz. In addition to that, Mar is a co-founder of Derivart and Lummo.

Varvara and Mar are both members of the Estonian Artists Association.

Grants/Awards/Residencies:
2018 Maajaam residency, Estonia
2017/18 3angled residency in hTh – CDN de Montpellier (Montpellier, France), Eufònic (Tierras del Ebro, Cataluña), Addaya Centre d’Art Contemporani (Mallorca)
2017 A.I.R. Blekinge Baltic One residency, Sweden
2017 SPUR residency at Bolit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Catalonia.
2017 12 months artistic practice grant by Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2017 FAM residency, Fab Lab Limerick, Ireland
2016 12 Miradas Riverside residency in Riveira Sacra
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, Valencia, Spain.
2015 FabAwards 3rd prize
2015 1st prize of Instructables 3D Printing Contest
2013 SUBNET AIR residency in Salzburg, Austria
2013 FLOSS residency at Constant Variable, Brussels, Belgium
2012/13 residency at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul, Korea
2012 residency at Marginalia+Lab, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2012 award of Baltic Goes Digital contest, Gdansk, Poland
2012 residency at Verbeke Foundation, Belgium
2012 M4m Artist in Residency at MU Gallery, Eindhoven, NL
2011 Artist in Residency at Crida, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2011 EMARE Artist in Residency at FACT Liverpool, UK
2011 Collaborative Research Residency at FFKD in Copenhagen
2010 Jury Prize for media art installation at 23rd Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Germany

Solo exhibitions:
2019 Chameleon, New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2018 Chameleon, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Estonia
2018 Digital Stitches, Narva Art Residency, Estonia
2018 Surveillance Capitalism, Sodų 4 gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2018 Super Documentation, Addaya Contemporary Art Centre, Mallorca, Spain
2017 Chameleon, Abello Museum, Mollet del Valles, Spain
2017 Data Soup, ArtDealProject Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2017 Knitting Experiments, Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2017 Data Soup, Digitaliseum, Malmö, Sweden
2016Chameleon, Rambleta art centre, Valencia, Spain
2016 #digitallandscapes, Lo Pati Art Centre, 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:
2018/19 Detecting alcoholism, Not just us, Small Addicts, group show HOOKED, Science Gallery London
2018/19 HUMANS NEED NOT TO COUNT group show Open Codes curated by Peter Weibel et al., ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2018Data Shop, Digital Design Weekend, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2018 Wishing Well, group show “Eesti kui mõtteline ruum” (part of EV100 art program) curated by Kairi Orgusaar, Rapla County Contemporary Art Centre, Estonia
2018 Sunday Painter, group exhibition Wild Bits curated by Timo Toots, Taavi Suisalu, Kadri Lind, and Marie Kliiman, Maajaam
2018 Binoculars to… Binoculars from… , Ghent Light Festival, Belgium
2017 The Rhythm of HeartThe Big OtherEufònic Festival, Museu de la Mar, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Spain
2017 The Rhythm of Heart, The Big OtherMEQ Festival, hTh, Montpellier, France
2017 Smile, Maintenant Festival, Rennes, France
2017 Tree of HandsCulture Festival SÄRIN, Rapla County Contemporary Art Centre, Estonia
2017 Data Shop, group exhibition PERRO curated by Javier Galan, Hobusepea gallery,Tallinn, Estonia
2017 Flat Knitic, group show Future Makers, Fab Lab Limerick, Ireland
2017 SmileGLOW Winter Light Festival, Calgary, Canada
2017 HUMANS NEED NOT TO COUNT, group show HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY curated by Amber Case and William Myers, Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
2016 SmileTAVA Tartu Light Festival, Estonia
2016 Detecting alcoholism. Not just us, small addictsIngravid Festival, Santa-Monica, Barcelona and Museum of L’Emporda, Spain
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:
2018 Surveillance Capitalism, Estonian Academy or Arts
2018 Artist talk, Bolit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain
2017 Beyond interactivity. The unsolved question of interactive art,  VIRTUALITIES AND REALITIES FIELDS conference in the frames of RIXC festival in Riga, Latvia
2017 Digital space, Tartu Art College, Estonia
2016 Creativity and Innovation, Tartu Art College, Estonia
2016 ‘Technology as tool for rethinking the world’, Tallinn University Summer School, Estonia (19th July)
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, USA
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:
19.05.18 Data Shop workshop, AMRO Festival, Linz, Austria
04.01.18 Data Shop workshopBolit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain
14.11.17 Open source hardware: from fibers to fabrics, Faricademy
11.10.17 Circular Knitic workshop, festival Maintenant, Rennes, France
19.02.17 Throwies workshop, GLOW Winter Lights Festival, Calgary, Canada
18.02.17 Interactive Light workshop, GLOW Winter Lights Festival, Calgary, Canada
25.-28.10.16 Raspberry Pi workshopVarvara & Mar studio, Tallinn, Estonia
22.10.16 Interactive Light workshopTAVA Tartu Light Festival, Estonia
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)

Other engagements:
2018 curators, out-door exhibition of TAVA Tartu Light Festival, Estonia
2018 curators and organisers, OPEN ARS: CONNECTORIUM, ARS Art Factory, Tallinn, Estonoia

Publications:

2018 “A summer agro-tech mentality at Maajaam” by Marika Agu and Francisco Martinez in KUNST.EE, 2018/, p. 53-57.
2018 “Tejiendo Pixeles”, Gisela Chillida, La Maleta, vol 30, july-aug 2018.
2018 “The Nomad Creative Projects” by Severine Grosjean in ”Art Reveal magazine nº42”, p. 7-10
2018 Metsikud äärealad by Raivo Kelomees. Article in the newspaper SIRP. Published by SIRP Eesti kultuuriajaleht.
2018 L’art au-delà du digital by Dominique Moulon. Edited by Scala Eds Nouvelles, pp. 128
2017 “Visiones de la realidad. Tecnología al servicio de la creatividad” by Roberta Bosco in ”Ajoblanco n02/2018”, pp. 42-43
2017 SUPERMARKET 2017. Stockholm Independent Art Fair. Exhibition Catalogue. Published by Pontus Raud, p. 58
2016 ”A Place Called Home” by Pau Waelder in Estonian Art 1/2016 (37). Editor: Stacey Koosel. Published by Estonian Institute, pp. 37-39.
2016 “Macchine e semilavorati. Machines and semi-finished materials” in Progetto Grafico, Open Technologies. International graphic design magazine, nº30. Edited by Massimo Banzi, Serena Cangiano, Davide Fornari. Published by Aiap, 2016, pp. 74-76.
2015 “NeuroKnitting” in “KLANGHYPOTHESEN, Material, Forschung, Kunst”. Edited by Subnet, 2015, pp. 19-21.
2015 “Apps, Agents, Clouds” by Karin Burns in “double – Magazin für Puppen-, Figuren- und Objekttheater, Nr. 31”. Edited by Theater der Zeit, Berlin. 2015, p. 12.
2015 “An Example of Soft Digital Fabrication” by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in “Crafting our Digital Futures, part of V&A Digital Design Weekend”. Edited by Irini Papadimitriou, Andrew Prescott and Jon Rogers. Published by Uniform Communications Ltd.,2015, pp. 48-49.
2015 THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL GUIDE 2015, Editor: Max Fraser. Published by the London Design Festival Ltd, September 2015, p. 51.
2014 ”Digital Revolution. An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames” exhibition catalogue. Edited by: Neil McConnon, Conrad Bodman and Dani Admiss. Published by Barbican International Enterprises, 2014, pp. 186-187.
2014 “NeuroKnitting. First Steps Toward Neuro-Fabrication” by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in “RHIZOPE – Art & Science – Hybrid Art and Interdisciplinary Research”. Editors: Piibe Pirma, Veronika Valk. Published by Estonian Academy of Arts, 2014. pp. 84-87.
2014 “The Rhythm of City / Linnarütm” by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in “RHIZOPE – Art & Science – Hybrid Art and Interdisciplinary Research”. Editors: Piibe Pirma, Veronika Valk. Published by Estonian Academy of Arts, 2014. pp. 128-129.
2014 interview in the book Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism. Edited by Betsy Greer, July 2014, pp. 69-75.
2014 “Baltic Sea Radio: on data flows and life in real-time” by Pau Waelder in “Art Line – A Baltic collaboration”. Editors: Magdalena Mróz-Grygierowska, Torun Ekstrand. Published by Blekinge museum, 2014, pp. 178-181.
2013 ”Knitic Soft Digital Fabrication” by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in “Social Fabric (strategic Creativity Series)”. Autor: Michelle Baggerman. Published by Design Academy Eindhoven, 2013, pp. 46-50.
2013 Interview in “ELOQUENCE international creators magazine”. Editor: Linda Choi. Published by Times Core CO., February 2013, pp. 26-31.
2013 Häkeln + Stricken für Geeks by Verena Kuni. Published by O’Reilly, September 2013, pp. 288-290.
2012 “Development of Personal Manufacturing. Case Study: Knitic” by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in Mutamorphosis conference, CIANT, Prague, CZ.
2012 “The Conceptualisation of Urban Media: FACT’s ‘Disco Window’” by Mike Stubbs, Varvara Guljajeva, 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” by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in ISEA2011 conference (Istanbul).