Artist, lives and works in Tokyo.


Sputniko! is a Japanese/British artist and speculative designer based in Tokyo.   Sputniko! creates film and multi-media installation works which explore the social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Her recent exhibitions include "Broken Nature" at Milan International Design Triennale (2019), "Future and the Arts" at the Mori Art Museum (2019) and “Nature" at the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2019).  In 2013, Sputniko! became an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directed the Design Fiction Group.  From 2019, she is an Associate Professor of Design at Tokyo University of Arts, where she directs the Design Civics Group.  Sputniko! has also been selected as a TED Fellow and gave her TED talk in TED2019.  She was also selected as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, and was invited to present and moderate sessions in Davos 2020. To date, she has had her works included in the permanent collections of museums such as the V&A Museum, London and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.


  • 2010 Royal College of Art, Design Interactions, MA
  • 2006 Imperial College London, Mathematics and Computer Science, BSc (1st Class)


  • 2019  Tokyo Medical University for Rejected Women at the 205 Hudson Gallery in New York ,USA
  • 2019  Milan International Design Triennale Broken Nature , Milan, Italy
  • 2018 Creatures Made to Measure MartaHerford MuseumGermany
  • 2018 Gravité Zéro-Une exploration artistique de l'aventure spatiale les Abbatoirs, Musee-FRAC Occitanie Toulouse ,Toulouse, France
  • 2017 Future Unknown Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum Beijing,China
  • 2017 Japanorama Pompidou Center Metz Pompidou Center Metz, Metz, France
  • 2017 Perfect Bodies | Rebellious Machines Arte Alameda ,Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2017 bionic by Sputniko! | (Solo exhibition) SEIBU Gallery ,Tokyo
  • 2017 Yokohama Triennale: Island and Constellation and Galapagos Yokohama Museum of Art ,Yokohama,Japan
  • 2017 Sputniko! X Lamborghini TOKYO ART FAIR ,Tokyo
  • 2017 VOYAGES H QUEEN ,Hong Kong
  • 2017 Japan: an imaginary guide Art Arsenal ,Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2017 MASCULINE ←→ FEMININE Beall Center Art + Technology ,Irvine, California, USA
  • 2017 The Universe and Art ArtScience Museum ,Singapore
  • 2016 Adriane's Thread MILL 6 Foundation ,Hong Kong
  • 2016 Space and Art Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
  • 2016 After Belonging Oslo Architecture Trienniale, Norway
  • 2016 Beijing Media Art Biennale, Beijing Central Art Academy Museum of Art, Beijing, China
  • 2016 Collecting Future Japan Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
  • 2016 Lunar Attraction Essex Peabody Museum
  • 2016 Setouchi Art Triennial (Permanent Project) Teshima Island, Benesse Artsite Naoshima, Japan
  • 2016 GLOBALE: New Sensorium – Exiting from Failures of Modernization The ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe
, Germany
  • 2015 Anti-Adaptation Struggle (Solo Exhibition) Omotesando Gyre, Tokyo
  • 2015 Killer Heels The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 2015 Tranceflora – Amy’s Glowing Silk (Solo Exhibition) Gucci Gallery Shinjuku, Tokyo,Japan
  • 2015 In Our Time: Art in Post-industrial Japan 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
  • 2015 JUMP Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan
  • 2014 The Future is Not What It Used To Be 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul
  • 2014 The GREAT Small: Gender Design Exhibition Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • 2014 Killer Heels Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
  • 2013 Tokyo Art Meeting Bunny Smash Museum of Contemporary Art(MOT), Tokyo
  • 2013 Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual – Daydreams Takamatsu City Art Museum, Takamatsu, Japan
  • 2013 Foo Kunsthall ,Grenland, Norway
  • 2012 Otomachi Senju no En Art Access Adachi, Tokyo
  • 2012 Anonymous Life NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo
  • 2012 The 3rd Art & Science International Exhibition China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2012 Daikanyama Art Street Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, Tokyo
  • 2012 Sputniko! Loves London Seibu Department Store, Tokyo
  • 2012 Light of Silence Aomori Museum of Art, Japan
  • 2012 Hyper Archipelago Omotesando Gyre, Tokyo
  • 2011 Talk to Me Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA
  • 2011 The 14th Japan Media Arts Festival The National Art Center, Tokyo
  • 2011 Tweet Me Love, Sputniko! (Solo) Omotesando Gyre, Tokyo
  • 2010 Tokyo Art Meeting Transformation Museum of Contemporary Art(MOT), Tokyo
  • 2009 Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria


  • 2019   Selected as a member of World Economy Forum Global Future Councils
  • 2019   Selected as one of 2019 TED fellow
  • 2019    Newsweek Japan [100 Japanese people respected by the world]
  • 2018    Pomellato for Women Award
  • 2017    Selected as one of World Economy Forum Young Global Leaders (YGL)
  • 2016    The 11th L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women Scientists in Japan Award
  • 2016    DSA Japan Space Design Silver Award
  • 2015    [30 Talented Women Under 30] Madame Figaro (France)
  • 2014 [100 Most Influential People of Japan] Nikkei Business
  • 2013 [Women of the Year] VOGUE JAPAN
  • 2013 [Honorary Mention] Ars Electronica Hybrid Art Award《Nanohana Heels – Healing Fukushima》
  • 2012 [Passion without Borders Award] Japan National Policy Unit
  • 2012 [Honorary Mention] Ars Electronica Interactive Art Award《Menstruation Machine, Takashi’s Take》
  • 2011 [20 designers who will influence the Next Decade] Rolling Stone Magazine(Italy)
  • 2011 [Creativity 50 – 50 Creatives of 2011] Advertising Age Magazine(USA)
  • 2011 [Nomination] Singapore Art Museum: APBF Signature Art Prize《Menstruation Machine, Takashi’s Take》
  • 2010 [Jury recommended works] The 14th Japan Media Arts Festival 《Crowbot Jenny》
  • 2010 [Winner of Technology Category] Youtube Japan Video Awards《Menstruation Machine, Takashi’s Take》
  • 2009 [The Next Idea Award] Ars Electronica 《Open_sailing》(Collaboration With Cesar Minoru Harada)