E-ansã is a garment that responds to the presence of frequency signals from mobile phones. The goal of the artwork is to transform the invisible occurence of electromagnetic radiation into the visible phenomenon of wind, which we can perceive with our senses. The garment consists of an aluminum structure with ventilators covered by hundreds of red, orange and yellow ribbons. They resemble ribbons used for enchantment and repelling diseases in one of the African-Brazilian mythologies. Thus the garment not only represents identity, but also carries a mystical, technological and cultural content. It contains elements of witchcraft that unites the invisible forces of traditional and technological “magic”.
Ricardo O’Nascimento is an artist and researcher in the field of new media and interactive art. He investigates body-environment relations focused on interface development for worn devices, interactive installations and hybrid environments.