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JAW DROPPED OPEN: Gasping for air while taking in LucyandBart

2 Dec

I have found my super power!

I have a transcendental ability to appreciate the unsettling, creative, madcap designs of LucyandBart.

I wish I could just climb into these photos and run my hands all over their pieces.

No, I wish I could create an awkward short film in which all  their designs would politely interact as though they were stuck together in a crowded subway car, and more than a few of them were bloated with indigestion.

No. I wish I could wear one to my 10-year high school reunion and prod people with my floppy appendages.

Yes!

And I would listen to THIS while getting ready.

LucyandBart is a collaboration between Lucy McRae and Bart Hess described by the duo as “an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body.”

In an interview with DazedDigital.com, Lucy (from England) said she and Bart (from the Netherlands)  met at Philips Design while working in a far future design research programme.

“We worked on an Electronic Tattoo project that accelerates a vision for next generation sensitive technology mounted under the skin. This concept suggests our bodies are increasingly becoming a platform for sensitive and interactive technology,” she said.

In fact, Lucy has worked on several projects combining fashion and technology: a dress that blushes with light (is it true?) or electronic jewellery that senses sleep and stress (dare to dream?!). She also revealed she’s currently developing technology and textile concepts together with an engineer. So awesome.

On their blog, LucyandBart admit to sharing a fascination with genetic manipulation, yet they maintain that these themes come about unconsciously.

As they say of themselves, “They work in a primitive and limitless way creating future human shapes, blindly discovering low-tech prosthetic ways for human enhancement.

Low tech indeed. I think that’s what I like most about their work – the bizarre distortion of the body that, upon closer inspection, is undeniably handmade. In another nod to DIY, they also serve as models and photographers for their own designs.

They use materials such as foam, balloon, nylons and shards of wood to create appendages that dare to make the human body appear ugly. It’s like they were enslaved by a hideous virus.

Or worse – it’s as though their bodies have become grotesque hosts to a vile, foul intergalactic master.

Nothing short of extraordinary.

Photos courtesy of lucyandbart.blogspot.com.

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