MAKE YOUR MAKER / 3:03 minutes
Artist name: Lucy McRae
Lucy continues to provoke the biological edge of the body with her new film MAKE YOUR MAKER, taking on the domain of genetic manipulation and human cloning. She delivers a world where clones are edible; their sensory effects absorbed through the body.
Written and directed by Lucy McRae, MAKE YOUR MAKER responds to the idea that ‘Food and the body are inseparable’; a dialogue developed alongside Nahji Chu, the savant owner of Australian cult restaurant MissChu.
We see a lone woman fastidiously prepare and distill human body parts, using her own body as a test bed, fusing gender and blending ego like a chef constitutes food. Her laboratory references the wet and somewhat grotty kitchens found in dimsum markets; the basement housing her inventions. We see her curiousity in process, operating an assembly line of kitchen appliances big enough to steam a body. Duplicates are cut precisely with facial cutters, dissected according to her mathematical matrix, sealed and then packaged for consumption.
A Lucy McRae film commissioned by Misschu
Director and Writer Lucy McRae
Producer Beatriz de Rijke
Executive Producer Lou Weis
Cinematography Christian Paulussen
Editor Phil Currie
Model Rolien Zonneveld
Original Music James O’Connell
Sound Engineer Martin Leitner
Color Grading Norman Nisbet
Post Production Larsen VFX
Art Direction Lucy McRae
Assistant Art Director Maaike Fransen
Art Department Interns Jeffrey Heiligers, Malou van Dijck, Alexandra Stück, Lisa van den Heuvel and Charlotte Jonckheer
Behind Scenes Camille Parthesius
Special Thanks to Stitch Editing, Pumpkin Post Production, Aaron Israel, Hessel Waalewijn, Jason Lamont, Rachel Connors, Amba Molly and Janneke Verhoeven
Lucy McRae is an Australian artist exploring the relationship between the body, technology and the grey areas of synthetic and organic materials.Trained as a classical ballerina and interior design, Lucy staked her claim as the world’s premier ‘Body Architect’, coining the term in a spirited bid to be hired by consumer electronics giant Philips Design in a far future design research team.
The foundations of her practice are heavily influenced from her formative years at Philips Design, where she was brought in to creatively lead an EU project developing stretchable electronics, an electronic tattoo and a range of emotional sensing dresses, making Time’s Best Inventions 2007.
Each of her projects inhabits an artistic realm that draws heavily from readings and erudition in science, sculpture, digital technologies, architecture and fashion, informed by the fringes and extremes of our culture.
Set on challenging the limits of the body, McRae manipulates the body’s natural structure to invent novel anatomical forms and adornments that are imbued with a haunting visceral realism that has become her creative insignia.
After Philips she set up on her own to focus on a specific topic – one suitable for her personal brand of body architecture. On a search for beauty in the biological McRae created a Swallowable Parfum, a genetically unique fragrance emitted through the skins surface. Her exploration of the borders of the human body led to an invitation to speak at TED on ‘How Technology will Transform the Body’.
As she frays the edges of science and technology, McRae’s clients call on her for short film, sculpture, innovation consultancy and the innate way she examines the future of technology likely to yield new business for brands. Working alongside Nick Knight, Aésop, Proctor & Gamble, Bernard Willhelm, Nowness, Swarovski, Frank Gehry, Channel4, Hyper Island, Bernard Willhelm, Vogue and pop star Robyn.
Invited to sit on the jury at the Venice Biennale amongst the biggest names in architecture and known for speaking at leading digital media and fashion symposiums her work has appeared on the cover of Domus and Frame magazine and featured in The Guardian, Dazed and Confused, WIRED, The Creators project, Wallpaper and CNN. Having exhibited at The Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo, vulnerability is everywhere on show – yet Lucy is in control.
Perhaps partly because of the intriguing ambiguity of her job description or the unconventional duality of her artistic study of technology Lucy is listed as one of the fifty people shaping the future.