Body of work: Film fuses art, science and food

05.12.2012 Food : The Body : Make Your Maker

Amsterdam – Body architect Lucy McRae has released Make Your Maker, a short film that takes the idea that ‘food and the body are inseparable’ to spine-tingling, intriguing limits.

The film follows a lone scientist as she prepares moulds of her own body parts in a gelatinous medium. Delicate membranes, fluid pumped through tubes and meticulous diagrams suggest a modern-day Frankenstein or an attempt at human cloning. Finally, she grabs a pair of chopsticks and takes a bite.

Funded by an Australian restaurateur, the film expands on themes in Morphe, a short McRae film produced for Aesop. ‘In that short film the body was charged and uplifted by the clinician’s hand,’ says McRae. ‘Here the subject masters her own cycle of evolution and renewal.’

With references to the faction aesthetics of Hyper-reality, the film pushes dining to the limits of discomfort, maintaining a grip on our attention.

See our Inform with Caroline Hobkinson for more on avant-garde, food-based spectacles.

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