The Institute of Isolation is a short film exploring the body beyond Earth’s edge, following Lucy McRae as she tests the effects that extreme experience could have on evolving human capacity.

From the microgravity trainer that conditions the body for a possible life in space, to time spent in an anechoic chamber exploring the psychoacoustics of silence, a series of sensory chambers simultaneously challenge her body and brain on her plight to adapt.

The film is based on the premise that we are in a different phase of evolution – driven not just by nature, but human intent. In her self-reflexive narrative, Lucy contemplates if isolation could be designed to augment fundamental aspects of human resilience.

Presented by ARS ELECTRONICA FUTURELAB with SPARKS an EU H2020 project.

Opens July 7th at London Science Museum part of ‘Beyond the Lab’ exhibition 8.30am –10.00am.

Lucy McRae is a science-fiction artist, director, and body architect probing the frontiers of the body, health, and human adaptability.

Trained in classical ballet, McRae’s artistic study of technology began at Philips Design, where she led the technology company’s research lab developing stretchable electronics, an electronic tattoo, and a range of emotional-sensing dresses.