Computer Animation/Film/VFX

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The Institute of Isolation

Lucy McRae (AU)


The Institute of Isolation is an observational documentary that contemplates whether isolation or, more broadly speaking, extreme experience, could be used as a gateway to training human resilience. Set in a near future reality, this fictional organization is a research and training ground, offering alternative methods to condition the body and adapt fundamental aspects of human biology.

The film references genetic engineering, space travel, sensory deprivation, and the changing relationship between the body and technology. If one can be resolved in an environment of isolation, we can more quickly adapt and be buoyant when faced with the kinds of things we may overlook, once we’ve departed Earth’s edge.

McRae (the protagonist) moves through a series of sensory chambers, spending time in an anechoic chamber examining the psychoacoustics of silence, or in a self–invented microgravity trainer conditioning the body for possible life in space. These fictional locations are used to make architectural inquiries into the role that buildings could have on altering human biology on an evolutionary scale.


Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae (UK/AU) is a science fiction artist who straddles the worlds of fashion, technology and the body. Trained in classical ballet and interior design her interdisciplinary work centers around the body. She combines storytelling with science to create speculative artworks. Her provocative and often grotesquely beautiful imagery suggests a new breed: a future human archetype existing in an alternate world. McRae encourages scientific conversation regarding the future of health, beauty, and science and provides a feminine point of view on emerging technology. She has spoken at international events, recently at MIT’s Being Material conference on wearables, and her award-winning science fiction artwork has been exhibited worldwide.

The Institute of Isolation: Lucy McRae, Julian Love, Lotje Sodderland, Daniel Gower, developed with SPARKS and Ars Electronica Futurelab (Claudia Schnugg, Michael Mayr, Veronika Pauser, Andreas Jalsovec and Christopher Lindinger) and with special thanks to Juan Enriquez, Ricardo Bofill, Professor Nikolas Rose, Professor Emmanuele A. Jannini, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Rombaut shoes, GSK Human Performance Lab, University of Southampton, Dr Steve Dorney, Dr Peter Glynne-Jones, La Sainte Union Catholic School, Fischauer Thermalbad, Klinische Abteilung für Thorax- und Hyperbare Chirurgie, LKH-Universitätsklinikum Graz, Oberösterreichische Gebietskrankenkasse, Outro Studio, Mark Ruffs and Daniel Gower.