2013 Research Residents: Andrew Friend and Sitraka Rakotoniaina

July 19, 2013

L-R: Andrew Friend, Device for Experiencing Lightning Strike; Sitraka Rakotoniaina, Time Conditioning

Our 2013 Visiting Researchers have arrived! Andrew Friend and Sitraka Rakotoniaina are working in the Wind Tunnel studio with a team of MDP Lab students for seven weeks.

Each summer, MDP/Lab is host to visiting researchers, faculty researchers, and post-graduate fellows. A visiting researcher (or team) is selected from submissions by a jury. Friend and Rakotoniaina’s project, The Prophecy Program, was selected by a jury that included:

Pedro Gadanho, MoMA’s curator of contemporary architecture
Yuri Suzuki, experimental musician and designer
Elise Co, programmer, designer, and founder of Aeolab and MDP faculty
Ben Hooker, media artist and designer and MDP core faculty

The Prophecy Program is part of their ongoing research into “…the convergence of art, science and technology” through “…artifacts and experiences addressing people’s perception of emerging technologies. The project looks at how the power of predicting the future has often been attributed to prophets or people with super capabilities, yet on closer inspection we all have the ability to experience a premonition of future events that cannot be otherwise foreseen. The Prophecy Program proposes that through undergoing the correct, intensive training one may be able to improve their pre-cognitive ability, in turn gaining an ability to project into, and (to a degree) take control of a future.”

Sitraka Rakotoniaina was born in Madagascar and grew up in Paris before moving to London in 2008. He holds a MA from the Royal College of Art in Design Products. Sitraka co-founded Good One, a speculative design collective with friends coming from computer science and architecture backgrounds. sitraka.co.uk/

Andrew Friend holds a MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art and a BA from the Bartlett. Andrew is currently associate lecturer in the Department of Spatial Practices, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. andrewfriend.co.uk/