Sputniko’s (www.sputniko.com) interests include the intersection of “technology, pop culture and feminism”, and in addition to her musical training, she is educated in math and computer science. She has multiple accolades, including recognition as: a member of the Cool Japan Advisory Committee, one of the Nikkei Business’ list of the 100 Most influential People of Japan (2014) and the Vogue Japan Women of the Year 2013. She is the creator of multiple music videos and art installations and a new book, The Power of the Odd One Out (Japanese language only). She currently lives in Boston and is a professor in the MIT Media Lab running a project she calls Design Fiction, helping to inspire her students and her own future artworks.
CAFÉ Inspiration & Artwork
In October 2013, Sputniko released her music video, “Sputniko! — the Moonwalk Machine - Selena’s Step” about a teenage girl interested in space science and technology and putting her very own “footprint” on the moon.
|Sputniko touching Moon rocks in NASA’s Lunar Sample Lab.|
From October to January 2013, an Exhibit including the moon rover prototype used for the video and the video itself was installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, along with 21 other artists, in a collection called “Bunny Smash: Design to Touch the World”.
Sputniko! worked with fashion designer Issey Miyake to develop a special “Super Moon!” handbag collection associated with the video. The small clutch bag looks like thin section slices of moon rocks from Apollo 12 and the box for the bag has a picture of the Moon.
Upcoming near-term tour events include the Brooklyn Museum in September 2014 as part of the Killer Heels exhibition and a screening at the Istanbul Design Biennial in October 2014.