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Brief Published: 1 Sep 2011

Swallowable Parfum


Australian artist Lucy McRae creates work that straddles the lines between technology, fashion and the human body. Her latest project, Swallowable Parfum is the result of a collaboration with Harvard biologist Sheref Mansy.

Still in the research phase, Swallowable Parfum is a capsule that when digested causes the body to release a natural fragrance through its perspiration glands. The genetically unique scent is dependant on the individual’s temperature, emotion and physical activity – turning the skin’s surface into an atomiser.

According to the duo the capsule is being developed as a tool: “To open discussion with the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, fashion and technology industries, challenging the way we could consume perfume in the future.”

Lucy McRae's work is also featured in Colour in Suspension.

Lucy McRae