Art movie: ‘Swallowable Parfum’ by Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae

I’m really intriged by the work of body architect Lucy McRae, who explores the relationship between the body, technology and the grey areas of synthetic and organic materials. I’ve met her a few times in person and her vision on future development in technology and human life is really intriguing.

During her time at Philips Lucy met Dutch artist Bart Hess. In an interview with Protein she says: “We had this shared fascination with beauty and genetic manipulation and we were having all these ideas…” The duo began meeting weekly, experimenting with and exploring materials and the body. This eventually evolved into two person art collective: Lucyandbart.

It’s the implications of technology the interests McRae. Not just what it means today but what it could mean – and the technology’s descendants could be – in the next ten, twenty or one hundred years. “What I get excited about is how technology is evolving. For me, the fact that you can evolve your awareness using subtle technologies is really fascinating.”

Lucy McRae: Swallowable Parfum on Nowness.com

The skin-fixated artist is showcasing her devolpment on her project: ‘Swallowable Parfum’. “I have no doubt that we will be eating cosmetics and using color-changing skin technology. The fashion and pharmaceuticals market will merge, as fashion and technology is doing now.” Developed with synthetic biologist Sheref Mansy, the project explores the utopian possibility of a consumed capsule that synthesizes with the body to create a biologically enhanced scent.

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