The Institute of Isolation by Lucy McRae
The Institute of Isolation by Lucy McRae is an observational documentary that contemplates whether isolation, or extreme experience, might be used as a gateway to training human resilience.
Set in a near future reality, The Institute of Isolation is a fictional research and training ground, offering alternative methods to condition the body and adapt fundamental aspects of human biology.
The film references genetic engineering, space travel, sensory deprivation and the changing relationship the body is forming with technology.
The film’s protagonist (played by artist Lucy McRae) moves through a series of sensory chambers, spending time in an anechoic chamber examining the psychoacoustics of silence, and in a microgravity trainer conditioning the body for possible life in space. These fictional locations are used to make architectural inquiries into the role buildings could have on altering human biology on an evolutionary scale.
Still images courtesy of Lucy McRae