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Lucy McRae

Heavy Duty Love

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Lucy McRae (Australian, b.1979) of Lucy McRae Studio (USA, est.2009)



Heavy Duty Love is a mental health prop from a future yet to happen; a domestic, sporty device sandwiching the body between layers of squishy stuff, normally used in camping or construction. If we do head toward a future where life is designed from scratch, would we seek new types of intimacy? Heavy Duty Love would be found in domestic spaces, compensating for a lack of human touch in early life. Could sponge like machines build trust and connection, reinforcing the protective embrace of a parent, gone lost, by virtue of such lab grown origins? Inspired by bleeding edge technology, this cautionary narrative wants to engage with science at street level, merging complexity with the familiar. Art is no longer the vessel but connects to the bulk of science and tech— debating the uncomfortable and complex, jointly forging new types of future through science and story.


SCI_Arc and Creative Victoria

Production credits

Concept & Prototyping: Lucy McRae
Creative Producer: Alice Parker
Fabricator: Steven Joyner, Machine Histories
Senior Designer: Tina Joyner
Soft stuff: Lucy McRae

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