Trained as a classical ballerina and architect, Lucy McRae is fascinated by the human body, and how it can be shaped by technology.

Why you should listen

Lucy McRae is an artist who straddles the worlds of fashion, technology and the body. Trained as a classical ballerina and architect, her work – which is inherently fascinated with the human body – involves inventing and building structures on the skin that reshape the human silhouette. Her provocative and often grotesquely beautiful imagery suggests a new breed: a future human archetype existing in an alternate world. The media call her an inventor; friends call her a trailblazer. Either way, Lucy relies on instinct to evolve an extraordinary visual path that is powerful, primal and unique.

Lucy McRae’s TED talks

Lucy McRae on the TED Blog

Fellows Friday

Biohacker meets Willy Wonka: Lucy McRae on the making of the incredible edible music video for Architecture in Helsinki

February 14, 2014

TED Fellow Lucy McRae (watch her TED Talk) is a body architect — an artist who explores how technology and the body may someday meet and merge. Her latest project is a fantastical and frothy music video for “Dream a Little Crazy” by Australian band Architecture in Helsinki. Watch the mouth-watering video above, and then read all […]

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Inside-out: Fellows Friday with Lucy McRae

April 13, 2012

Lucy McRae (watch her TED Talk) is a “body architect” – an artist who straddles the worlds of fashion, technology and the body. Trained as a classical ballerina and architect, her work invents and builds structures on the skin that reshape the human silhouette, creating provocative and often grotesquely beautiful imagery. Tell us about your […]

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Quotes from Lucy McRae

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.
Lucy McRae
TED2012 • 1.2M views Apr 2012
Fascinating, Beautiful