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21 — 25 April 2021 | Leuven, Belgium
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    artist and designer


    Sputniko! is a British-Japanese artist and speculative designer based in Tokyo. She creates film and multimedia installation works which explore the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies, especially in the themes of gender and sexuality.

    She has recently exhibited her works in exhibitions such as the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2019), “Broken Nature” at the Milan International Design Triennial (2019) and Setouchi Art Triennial, where she created a permanent art pavilion at the Benesse Art Site in Teshima.

    Sputniko! is currently an Associate Professor of Design at the Tokyo University of Arts. From 2013 to 2017 she worked as an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directed the Design Fiction group. Other than teaching, she became a TED Fellow and gave a talk at TED2019, and was also selected as one of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2017. To date, Sputniko! has had her pieces included in the permanent collections of museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.