Lucy McRae At TED: A Body Architect Explains Herself
You’re probably familiar with green design and ecological planning, but ever heard of “body architecture”?
With a background in classical ballet, architecture and fashion, Lucy McRae explores the biological transformation of the human body. A self-proclaimed “body architect,” the designer has worked with Dutch electronics company Phillips to investigate the future of humans’ relationship to technology. In the TED video above, McRae outlines a few of her projects, which vary in nature and magnitude.
In one of her latest works, McRae imagines what would happen if we could biologically enhance body odor. In an effort to explore communication and sexual attraction, she created a pill that transforms perspiration into perfume. In addition to providing a new format for cosmetic fragrances, McRae discovered what would happen if we were to disseminate inviting scents as opposed to ugly ones. Through biological modification, the experiment revealed humans regressed back into animalistic creatures.
Working predominantly on her own, McRae continues to explore low-tech approaches to high-tech conversations. Watch the video, check out some photos, and be amazed.