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  • I call myself a body architect.

  • I trained in classical ballet

  • and have a background in architecture and fashion.

  • As a body architect, I fascinate with the human body

  • and explore how I can transform it.

  • I worked at Philips Electronics

  • in the far-future design research lab,

  • looking 20 years into the future.

  • I explored the human skin, and how technology can transform the body.

  • I worked on concepts like an electronic tattoo,

  • which is augmented by touch,

  • or dresses that blushed and shivered with light.

  • I started my own experiments.

  • These were the low-tech approaches to the high-tech conversations I was having.

  • These are Q-tips stuck to my roommate with wig glue.

  • (Laughter)

  • I started a collaboration with a friend of mine, Bart Hess --

  • he doesn't normally look like this --

  • and we used ourselves as models.

  • We transformed our apartments into our laboratories,

  • and worked in a very spontaneous and immediate way.

  • We were creating

  • visual imagery provoking human evolution.

  • Whilst I was at Philips, we discussed this idea of a maybe technology,

  • something that wasn't either switched on or off, but in between.

  • A maybe that could take the form of a gas or a liquid.

  • And I became obsessed with this idea of blurring the perimeter of the body,

  • so you couldn't see where the skin ended and the near environment started.

  • I set up my studio in the red-light district

  • and obsessively wrapped myself in plumbing tubing,

  • and found a way to redefine the skin

  • and create this dynamic textile.

  • I was introduced to Robyn, the Swedish pop star,

  • and she was also exploring

  • how technology coexists with raw human emotion.

  • And she talked about how technology with these new feathers,

  • this new face paint, this punk, the way that we identify with the world,

  • and we made this music video.

  • I'm fascinated with the idea

  • of what happens when you merge biology with technology,

  • and I remember reading about this idea of being able to reprogram

  • biology, in the future, away from disease and aging.

  • And I thought about this concept of,

  • imagine if we could reprogram

  • our own body odor, modify and biologically enhance it,

  • and how would that change the way that we communicate with each other?

  • Or the way that we attract sexual partners?

  • And would we revert back to being more like animals,

  • more primal modes of communication?

  • I worked with a synthetic biologist,

  • and I created a swallowable perfume,

  • which is a cosmetic pill that you eat

  • and the fragrance comes out through the skin's surface when you perspire.

  • It completely blows apart the way that perfume is,

  • and provides a whole new format.

  • It's perfume coming from the inside out.

  • It redefines the role of skin, and our bodies become an atomizer.

  • I've learned that there's no boundaries,

  • and if I look at the evolution of my work

  • i can see threads and connections that make sense.

  • But when I look towards the future,

  • the next project is completely unknown and wide open.

  • I feel like I have all these ideas existing embedded inside of me,

  • and it's these conversations and these experiences

  • that connect these ideas, and they kind of instinctively come out.

  • As a body architect,

  • I've created this limitless and boundless platform

  • for me to discover whatever I want.

  • And I feel like I've just got started.

  • So here's to another day at the office.

  • (Laughter) (Applause)

  • Thank you!

  • Thank you!

I call myself a body architect.

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【TED】Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body? (Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body?)

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    Zenn posted on 2017/04/18
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