WEAR: Wearable technologists Engage with Artists for Responsible innovation

WEAR: Wearable technologists Engage with Artists for Responsible innovation

WEAR is a new, €3М project, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 research and innovation initiative which will engage artists and designers to work more closely with technologists and engineers to shift the development of the wearables and e-textile landscape towards a more sustainable and ethical approach. The project will run between January 2017 and December 2018.

In order to promote further collaboration between the arts and innovation activities, WEAR promotes cross-disciplinary/cross-sectoral collaboration and invites artist and design communities to engage with the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industries, through co-design and co-development of ethical, critical, and aesthetic wearable technologies, electronic and smart textiles. Consequently WEAR will engage stakeholders across Europe in the development of the EU wearable technology, electronic and smart textiles industries, drawing on the rich European landscape of industries, research institutions, universities and arts communities.

To do so, WEAR will:

  • Develop a sustainable European network of stakeholders and hubs, to connect and push the boundaries in the design and development of ethical wearables, electronic and smart textiles;
  • Encourage cross-border and cross-sector collaboration between artists and technologists to design and develop a new generation of ethical and sustainable wearable technologies, electronic and smart textiles (Open Call for projects);
  • Develop a framework within which future prototypes can be made that will become the next generation of what ethical and aesthetic wearables, electronic and smart textiles could/should be;
  • Lead the emergence of innovative approaches to design, production, manufacturing and business models for involved industries;
  • Make citizens, industry and other stakeholders more aware of the ethical, sustainable and aesthetic issues in designing, developing and use of wearable technologies.

The project is managed by a consortium of 7 organisations across 5 EU countries:
imec (Brussels, Belgium)
University for the Creative Arts (Epsom, UK)
Queen Mary University of London (UK)
Berlin University of the Arts (Germany)
Blumine (Milan, Italy)
Digital Spaces Living Lab (Sofia, Bulgaria)
DataScouts, powered by We Connect Data (Ghent, Belgium)