2013: THE PROPHECY PROGRAM, Andrew Friend and Sitraka Rakotoniaina

The Prophecy Program gallery view

Summer Research Residents

The Prophecy Program is an exploration of possible human capabilities to sense future events, as well as an examination of the nature and language of the scientific experiment.

Sited in a former NASA wind-tunnel in Pasadena, Southern California, the program consists of three experiments: precognition test-rig, waiting tower for remote viewing, and bacterial drone, organized around a set of monitoring apparatuses and two custom-built chart recorders.

As opposed to a scientific experiment whereby the compiled data can be of critical importance, the Prophecy Program is interested in the relationship between audience and science; vulgarization and accurate measurements emerging from the original claim and intention; and the creation of beliefs and/or skepticism based upon the aesthetics of the test.

Student Research Assistants: Greg Ahn, Aaron Fooshee, Tim Kim, Matt Kizu, Gene Lee.

Selected by 2013 Jury: Ben Hooker, Elise Co, Pedro Gadanho, Yuri Suzuki

Sitraka Rakotoniaina 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/