Lucy McRae encourages scientific conversation around the slipperiness of where science and technology meet the body
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Lucy McRae is a science fiction artist, filmmaker, inventor and body architect. Her work speculates on the future of human existence by exploring the limits of the body, beauty, biotechnology and the self. McRae works across installation, film, photography, artificial intelligence and edible technology. She is regarded as a thought leader who is exploring the cultural and emotional impacts science and cutting edge technology have on redesigning the body. Lucy uses art as a mechanism to signal and provoke our ideologies and ethics about who we are and where we are headed.
McRae has exhibited at museums, film festivals, institutes such as MIT, Ars Electronica and NASA and science forums across the world. Selected major artworks have been exhibited at Science Museum London, Centre Pompidou and the Venice Biennale. She is a visiting professor at SCI_Arc in Los Angeles; and is recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. McRae encourages scientific conversation and has spoken at TED, Royal Albert Hall, Cannes Lion and Tribeca Film Festival. She is regarded as a pioneer who blurs the boundaries across art, architecture, design and technology with a healthy disregard for labels that limit interdisciplinary practice.
"I'm an honest believer that if businesses, brands or biologists operate more like artistic studios, committed to introducing the creative process at the beginning of any kind of research; you allow for moments of chaos and serendipity that are proven gateways to innovation”.
– Mechanism to repair broken bonds
Lucy's recent work exhibited at Triennale Milan explores our current touch-deficit status; as people increasingly choose to live independently and technology vies for affection, will machines be designed to affectionately squeeze the body, in attempt to prepare the self for a future that lacks human touch?