film director & sci fi artist

Mashing up media, genres and formats: this defines Lucy McRae's work. She is a sci-fi artist, film director, TED Fellow and body architect, placing the human body in complex, futuristic scenarios and testing the boundaries between the natural and artificial. Trained in classical ballet and interior design, her aim is to influence culture by exploring scientific breakthroughs related to health and the human body, while providing a feminine point of view on emerging technology. Still thrilled she joined us at Blend 2019!

Inventor of Swallowable Parfum, Lucy is recognized as an early identifier of emerging technologies that drive product innovation. Lucy led Philips Electronics far–future research lab, developing stretchable electronics, an electronic tattoo and a range of emotional sensing dresses. She has consulted with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Intel and Aesop on the cultural impacts that emerging technologies will have on future lifestyles.


Lucy McRae encourages scientific conversation around the slipperiness of where science and technology meet the body, throwing into question “What makes us Human”? She has spoken and taught masterclasses on the impact technology has on human nature at TED, WIRED Health, Royal Albert Hall, London’s College of Physicians, Tribeca, Cannes Lion and most recently at MIT’s Being Material conference in 2017.

McRae’s award-winning science fiction artworks have been developed in collaboration with leading institutes including NASA, MIT and Ars Electronica. Her work has been exhibited at the London Science Museum, Centre Pompidou and the Venice Biennale.