Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Zone A Independent Project

The Institute of Knots, 2010
Photo: Cyrus Irani

Suitable for all ages

Swapnaa Tamhane

The Institute of Knots, 2012

Swapnaa Tamhane - Toronto, Canada

Performance Art

Knot theory developed the late 19th Century in relation to algebra, geometry, chemistry, quantum physics and string theory. Within mathematics, knot theory examines the study of a circle overlapped onto itself in three-dimensional Euclidean space. A key concern for mathematicians is 'knot equivalence' or how to distinguish and identify two knots even if placed in opposing spaces. Knot theory is also used to undertand how knots form and unravel spontaneously on DNA structures.

For the 'The Institute of Knots', viewers are invited to make as many knots of any kind. Tamhane will untie each and every knot in a work that attempts to explore frustration, futility, and humour. It will be interesting to understand if any two knots have the potential of being the same.

Swapnaa Tamhane has exhibited in Delhi, Bangalore, and Toronto (Interaccess, CONTACT Photography Festival, and Summerworks Performance Festival).


MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West, 647-464-9173

This project is outdoors.