Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series
Is evolution done with us, or will the technological innovations and modern life spark a new evolutionary jump for the human species?
A science fiction artist and body architect, Lucy McRae has a finely tuned ability to imagine other ways of being and, crucially, other possibilities for the human body, which sees her speculate on how it could evolve. She considers how human biology might be augmented by a mixture of physical design, modification of genes and emotions –– technology transforming the body and ethics. Her prophetic aesthetic is flung far from archetypal tropes, boldly staring down the status quo – creating nostalgia for a future about to happen.
Join Lucy McRae during her lecture at VCUarts Qatar and expand your imagination by peeking into her unique perspective of what the future holds.
Science fiction artist and Body architect
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 of science and cutting-edge technology 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 La Biennale di Venezia, Science Museum London, Centre Pompidou and Triennale di Milano. She is a visiting professor at SCI_Arc in Los Angeles; and is recognized 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.
Yara El-Sherbini: Forms of Regulation and Control, curated by Naeem Mohaiemen, at CUE Art Foundation