Wearable Facade Poject

iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology located in Brussels, invites Rotterdam­based artist Ricardo O’Nascimento and his Wearable Facade project for a workshop and urban performance on smart garments and generative patterns.
Wearable Facade is an apparel that captures the colours and shapes of its environment through micro­cameras, and translates them into computer­generated patterns displayed on its LED surface. Walking through the city, the Wearable Facade can reflect surrounding architecture, or “replay” patterns recorded in different areas of Brussels or Europe.

Wearable Facade takes its inspiration from the increasingly numerous "media facades" that appear in cities across the globe; those LED­covered buildings that turn architecture into screens. Wearable Facade appropriates the idea, and applies it to fashion design, into a smaller­scaled, more mobile and accessible device.

iMAL will invite (fashion) designers, digital artists and students to a workshop led by the Wearable Facade team (Ricardo O’Nascimento & Erik Overmeire). Together, they will learn how to interact with the wearable, aiming to create new generative patterns and unique ways to interpret the urban environment. The results of this workshop, as well as Ricardo Nascimento's original pattern­generation will be showcased on the Wearable Facade during a performance/walk in the Dansaert area. An unusual experience for the passers­by, who will get the chance to discuss with the artist and learn more about the project.

Wearable Facade is produced by Urbane Künste Ruhr in the framework of Connecting Cities. Connecting Cities Network is a European and worldwide expanding network initiated by Public Art Lab Berlin, aiming to build up a connected infrastructure of media facades, urban screens and projection sites to circulate artistic and social content. Each year, partners of the network, like iMAL, organise a series of public events, showcasing projects produced for Connecting Cities.