Wearable Facade (2015) is an apparel that captures the colours and shapes of its environment through microcameras, and translates them into computer generated 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.
The architecture is the source of the information that composes the pattern and it is at the same time vehicle of connection between itself and the garment, once the same pattern that is displayed on the garment is also displayed on the facade.
Wearable Facade takes its inspiration from the increasingly numerous "media facades" that appear in cities across the globe; those LED covered buildings that turn architecture into screens. Wearable Facade appropriates the idea, and applies it to fashion design, into a smaller scaled, more mobile and accessible device.
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.
POPKALAB Team: Ricardo O'Nascimento, Erik Overmeire, Tineke Van Hilten.