Lucy McRae is a science fiction artist, filmmaker and inventor. Her work asks questions about the future of human existence by exploring the limits of the body, beauty, biotechnology and the self. McRae uses the term ‘body architect’ to describe her creative practice. In 2007, McRae began collaborating with Dutch textile artist Bart Hess, who had just graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven. Hess said one day, ‘We should just experiment’. They used familiar materials that were cheap to buy: foam, toothpicks, stockings, balloons and grass. They repeated them over the body to create skins. The images tell a story about the future of the body.
- What are the challenges faced by humans in the 21st Century? How might our human biology evolve and be augmented to meet these challenges?
- What happens when technology enters the body? Do we become it, does it become us, or do we become something new?
- What kind of environments might humans have to endure in the future? What can we do to prepare ourselves?