This Artist’s Hug Machine Smooshes You (In a Good Way)

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Lucy McRae’s new “Compression Carpet offers a full embrace for those who feel like they need a hug, a meditation on how technology can aid intimacy or support. The “body architect” recently showed the device at Festival of the Impossible in San Francisco. For some, the device may recall the hug machine created by Temple Grandin for stress relief and therapy. With her device, McCrae says, you “relinquish control to the hands of a stranger as your ‘servicer’ decides the firmness of your hug.”

The festival says that McRae “explores and responds to the concept of a touch-crisis world that has triggered a lonely disconnection with ourselves.” Other projects by the artist include a Biometric Mirror anda Compression Cradle, seen below. Her practice spans installation art, photography, film, AI, edible technology, and more.

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Delighted to share the trailer for Science Gallery Melbourne’s PERFECTION exhibition. The trailer explores the ritualisation of artificial intelligence via a ceremony performed by digital shamans on a test subject. This experiment looks at the uncontrollable imperfections that occur when working with the human body in contrast with the controlled and programmable systems of artificial intelligence. Thanks to an absolute dream team of very gifted Human's. Part experiment / part exhibition PERFECTION opens September 13th @scigallerymel Director / Producer – Lucy McRae Cinematographer – @shaundougherty Photographer / Co-Producer – @jessemarlow Production Assistant – @ross__bird Steadicam Operator – @grant.sweetnam Focus Puller – Ben Bryan Gaffer – @savagefilmservices Tom Savige @steadipalms Location – @five_easey_upstairs Photogrammetry – @siii_projects Human Computer Interaction Researchers – @mr_wouters Nicholas Smith Motion Graphics Artist – @brendanho Art Department – Luke McMahon, Phin Muir @marcshan Prop Fabrication – @boomstudios Costume Design – Lucy McRae, @tessellate_a_d Facial Harness – @simone_agius_ @busymanbicycles Music – @waynejosephkington Compositor – @gorstenbortst Colorist – @timwreyford_colour Digital Shamans – Kurt Pimblett, Eamon Dunphye, Benjamin Goss, Caitlin Costello Test Subject – Lucy McRae Special thanks Arla Marlow, @lindyj007 & Steven Swain . . . @scigallerymel @rosehiscock #biometricmirror #SGMperfection #lucymcrae #film #installation #slipperyscifi #fuzzyscience #bodyarchitect #scifiartist

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