Compression Cradle
Lucy McRae

Fabrication by Machine Histories

Compression Cradle appears to be a remnant from a world we have not yet seen but might soon inhabit; one where the digital promise of ‘forever connectedness’ has triggered a lonely disconnection with ourselves.

In an attempt to prepare the self for this future that assumes a lack of touch, a machine affectionately squeezes the body within a sequence of aerated volumes that hold it tightly. Through a choreography of touch sensations, this mechanism assists in altering the gene expression of oxytocin — the hormone released in the brain, responsible for building trust and pair-bonding.

Nevertheless, this physical space in which the borders between the domestic sphere and entertainment are blurred is constantly measured and monitored, thus offering a potential form of voyeurism.