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July 22, 2014 AT 3:00 am

Artist Lucy McRae on preparing the human body for #SpaceTravel #ArtTuesday

Artist Lucy McRae on preparing the human body for space travel, featured on Dezeen.com:

“I’m keen on exploring how the body could start changing in order to withstand long periods of time and space,” McRae explains. “That’s what this project is looking at – it’s prepping the body to go to space.”

McRae’s installation will consist of a series of pods, which visitors will be invited to step inside to prepare their bodies for the rigours of a zero-gravity environment.

“I’m planning to create a cinematic experience, but you’ll be able to become one of the characters in the film,” McRae says. “Astronauts that come back to earth suffer an extreme osteoporosis because there’s no gravity for bones. So the idea is you get under these golden aerated cocoons and slowly the air is sucked out of these pockets so it’s just hugging your body from every kind of angle.”

…McRae was inspired by the discovery that NASA employs artists to imagine future science fiction scenarios in order to speed up the development of their technology and space travel programmes.

“This project was triggered by two conversations with two independent people from NASA who talked about the importance of telling stories 100 years from now and how storytelling propagates innovation,” she explains. “I met a guy who is an artist who is working at NASA in the jet propulsion lab. So already artists are working with NASA missions to speed up the way that they’re evolving.” ….

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