The artist Lucy McRae has been developing a speculative ‘vacuum chamber’ intended to assist a human body for long-distance space travel.
McRae clearly believes that at some point in the future, interplanetary travel will be common. However in order for this to happen, the body will need assistance to do so! She is aiming at developing body support-systems (such as those devices NASA has developed for astronauts to lower body pressure and increase blood-flow). She is using current medical and scientific theories to help develop her concept.
In her design process, McRae has been ‘vacuum-packing herself ‘ (yes you read correctly) into diverse plastic membranes (here seen wrapped in the emergency blankets used by marathon runners post-event). She describes the experience as ‘getting into a surface or a wall’ so she has developed huge membranes that people can get inside of!
McRae has further developed an interest in a ‘Foetal Doppler’ (the device used to detect a baby’s heartbeat when in the womb) She is using it to amplify the senses of the people when wrapped tightly inside the different materials.
Her work was part of the Dezeen MINI Frontiers exhibition. The event is the culmination of a year-long collaboration exploring how Design and Technology can be fused together to shape the future. Kind of what we’re interested in too at EM. Bizzare yet oddly attractive. Watch the vid to reveal the process. Enjoy!document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);