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Architecture, Design – and Space Exploration

Lucy McRae’s new film project explores how space travellers might use architecture and design to train their bodies from the extremes encountered away from earth.



BY Mandi Keighran

November 11th, 2016


London-based Australian artist Lucy McRae’s nine minute film The Institute of Isolation is a call for the general public to engage more with scientific discussions about the future of humanity.

The self-described ‘science fiction artist, director and body architect’, collaborated with cinematographer Lotje Sodderland for the documentary style film. McRae trains in the film using speculative equipment inspired by old NASA astronaut exercise equipment. In one scene she rotates in a microgravity trainer, in others she is shown in anechoic and hyperbaric chambers, running trough treetops on an elevated walkway.

“We’re in an interesting time at the moment, where human evolution is no longer being steered by nature alone, and this needs to become a public debate,” she said.

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