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Environment Dress 2.0

We are surrounded by polluting agents and other factors that have a direct impact on our everyday lives, our mood and, ultimately, on our behaviour.
Variations in noise, temperature, atmospheric pressure, ultraviolet radiation or amounts of carbon monoxide are some of the challenges we have to face daily basis. At the end of the day, they are agents that influence our temper and our behaviour with the others.
Environment Dress is a piece of smart clothing that uses a number of sensors to measure the aggressiveness of our surrounding environs, detected environmental variables and alerting us to them. Our body’s natural sensors are unable to measure and anticipate factors such as an increase in ultraviolet radiation, dust or noise, and others.
The interface geo-locates environmental analyses and allows users to register their mood through a smartphone app. In consequence, we can establish the relationship between both variables and determine whether an increase in ultraviolet radiation can make the person who wears the dress feel better or whether and increase in noise level can make him or her feel more uncomfortable in a certain place. Finally, all these data are shown on an emotional map, pinpointing the most pleasant and unpleasant areas in a city.

Environment Dress 2.0 at Ars Electrónica. Linz. 2016

Performance at Ars Electrónica. Linz. 2016


Winning project of Next Things 2015 – Conducta, a joint call by LABoral Centro de Arte & Telefónica I+D.

Exhibited at:
Mobile Week. Disseny Hub Barcelona. 2019
Especulaciones Utópicas. Colexio Fonseca. USC. Santiago de Compostela. Spain. 2018
MobileWeek Coruña. A Coruña. Spain. 2018
STARTS. CEBIT. Europe's Festival for Innovation and Digitization. Hannover. Germany. 2018
Jury Selection. 20th Japan Media Arts Festival. Tokyo. Japan. 2017
Next Things-Next Starts. LABoral Centro de Arte. Gijón. Asturias. Spain. 2017
Principado de Asturias. Principado del Arte. FIDMA. Gijón. Asturias. Spain. 2017
Bozar. Electronic Arts Festival 2016. Brussels. Belgium. 2016
Ars Electronica Festival 2016. PostCity, Linz. Austria. 2016
Human Factor, organized by Ars Electronica at DRIVE - Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin. Germany. 2016
Materia Prima. Experiments on digital art an science. Curated by Gerfried Stoker. LABoral Centro de Arte. Spain. 2015

An artwork coproduced with  Alberto Valverde
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María Castellanos

María Castellanos has a degree and a doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo, Spain.
In her work, she investigates the body, specifically the perception and sensory deficiencies of human beings. She focuses on the hybridizations between cyborgs and wearables as a paradigm for the expansion of human sensory capabilities.

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