Sugarhouse Studios
Unit 4
19 Collett Road
SE16 4DJ London

mail@sitraka.co.uk
+447530204568

I was born in Madagascar and grew up in Paris. I moved to London in 2008. I graduated from the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art in 2010. I am an independent artist/designer with an interest in speculative design and world-building.

I craft (future) narratives through designed artefacts, to probe, question or excite, and use design as a medium to imagine new relationships between people and technology; whether it allows us to achieve something fantastic or perceive the world differently.

Education

MA(RCA)
Design Interactions

Royal College of Art
London, UK

MA
Graphic Design Multimedia

ENSAD
Paris, France

BA
Industrial Design

ENSAAMA Olivier-de-Serres
Paris, France

Experience

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2006 to present

Independent Artist & Designer
Sitraka.co.uk
London, UK

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2013 to 2017


Director
Nexus studio
London, UK

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2010 to 2011


Researcher / Creative Technologist
Wieden and Kennedy
London, UK

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July 2009 to Sept 2009


Interaction Designer
Philips Design Probes
Eindhoven, Netherlands

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May 2007 to October 2007


Art Director
Studio Zero
Shanghai, China

Publications

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2019


Exploring ways to democratise the narratives that make up tomorrow’s visions. Interview
Ivica Mitrovic
Speculativeedu.eu, Split, Croatia

¡Meow!
Rachel Uwa
School of Machines, Making and Make Believe, Berlin, Germany

Virtual Futures: Near-Future Fictions vol. 1
Dan O'Hara, Tom Ward, Stephen Oram
Virtual Futures, London, UK

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2017


Very Very Far Away: From Dissemination to Anticipation—Democratising Future Narratives
Andrew Friend, Jasmin Blasco, Sitraka Rakotoniaina
International Astronautical Federation, Paris, France

Bridging Open Borders — V&A Digital Design Weekend 2017
Irini Papadimitriou, Andrew Prescott, Jon Rogers
Uniform Communications, London, UK

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2014


Robot: Artificial Intelligence, Cybernetics and the Machine
Duncan McCorquodale
Blackdog Publishing, London, UK

Fictions & Anticipation
Sophie Demay
Etapes: 218, Paris, France

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2011


See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception
Madeline Schwartzman
Blackdog Publishing, London, UK

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2010


EPSRC Impact!
Kyoko Kakajima
Axis Magazine, Tokyo, Japan

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2008


Grand cru 2008
Caroline Bouige
Etapes: 161, Paris, France

Teaching / Workshops

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2020


Visiting Lecturer
Critical Practices
Royal College of Art
London, UK

Visiting Lecturer
Law LLB
University of Westminster
London, UK

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2019


Visiting Lecturer
Digital Direction
Royal College of Art
London, UK

Visiting Lecturer
BA Design
If you don't organise yourself, you will be organised! Goldsmiths University
London, UK

Workshop Facilitator / Design Lecturer
Made In China, School of Machines, Making and Make Believe
Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, China

Workshop Facilitator
Made In China, New York University Shanghai
Shanghai, China

Guest Lecturer
Media Design Practices
Objects as Monuments, Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, CA, USA

Guest Lecturer
Space and Communication
Re-imagining Outer Space, HEAD - Geneve
Geneva, Switzerland

Workshop Facilitator
in Speculative Design
Accenture / Fjord
Paris, France

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2016 to 2019


Sessional Lecturer and Thesis Tutor — Postgraduates
Ravensbourne
London, UK

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2018


Visiting Artist — AIADO
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Chicago, IL, USA

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2017


Workshop Facilitator
Ramdom, Default 17
Gagliano Del Capo, Puglia, Italy

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2015 to 2017


Workshop Facilitator / Design Lecturer
Fabricating Fictions, Space Art & Technology – The White Building
London, UK

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2016


Visiting Lecturer
FHNW Institut Integrative Gestaltung, Masterstudio
Basel, Switzerland

Workshop Facilitator and Design Tutor
Coming Soon, School of Machines, Making and Make Believe with Casa Jasmina and Officine Arduino
Turin, Italy

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2015


Workshop Facilitator / Design Lecturer
Fabricating Empathy, School of Machines, Making and Make Believe
Berlin, Germany

CoLab — Art and Technology Residency
Space Studios – Art and Technology
London, UK

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2013 to 2014


Visiting Lecturer
ENSCI les Ateliers with La Paillasse, Bio-hacker space
Paris, France

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2013


Visiting Researcher (summer research residency)
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, CA, USA

Exhibitions / Talks

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2020


To the Unknown
The Body Series
Somerset House Studios, London, UK

A more Familiar Unknown
From Tomorrow
Tate Britain, London, UK

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2019


A Familiar Unknown
Disapore - Forest Rangers
Jupiter Woods, London, UK

Re-imagining Outer Space
International Astronautical Congress, Space Culture Symposium
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C., USA

Alive in Space
International Astronautical Congress, GNF session
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C., USA

Future of Design
Spotify Design Days 2019
Alentejo, Portugal

Crafting narratives
SKD Art Education
Shanghai, China

Objects as narratives
Dublab
Los Angeles, CA, USA

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2018


Very Very Far Away (VVFA) — Pop up radio
Sugarhouse Open Studios, London Design Festival
Sugarhouse Studios, London, UK

Very Very Far Away (VVFA) — World Building
Tate & Institute of Imagination, Imagine If Festival
Tate Britain, London, UK

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2017


Very Very Far Away (VVFA) — Democratising Future Narratives
International Astronautical Congress, Space Culture Symposium
Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Very Very Far Away (VVFA) — pop up radio
Digital Design Weekend, London Design Festival
Victoria and Albert museum, London, UK

New Cultural Fictions
Fine Art Talk, London Festival of Architecture
StudioRCA, London, United Kingdom

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2016


Reverse Archeology — Crafting Narratives through Designed Artefacts
Master Talk, Masterstudio
FHNW Institut Integrative Gestaltung, Basel, Switzerland

Crafting Narratives
Connected Devices, Design Fictions & Future Possibilities
Casa Jasmina / Officine Arduino, Turin, Italy

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2015


Speculative Design (panelist)
Materials Unbound : Future Identities
Fashion Space Gallery, London, UK

Crafting Narratives
Resonate Festival
Kolarac, Belgrade, Serbia

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2014


Time Conditioning
Digital Design Weekend, London Design Festival
Victoria and Albert museum, London, UK

Photon Shower
D&AD, Yellow Pencil Award
Battersea Evolution, London, UK

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2013


Prophecy Program
This Happened
Victoria and Albert museum, London, UK

Prophecy Program
Media Design Practices — Summer Research Exhibition
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA

Prophecy Program
Artists in Laboratories, episode 39
Resonance FM, London, UK

Dream Team
Saint Etienne Design Biennale
Cité du Design, Saint Etienne, France

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2012


Les Cascades de l’Infraréel
Les Commissaires Anonymes
XPO Gallery, Paris, France

Design and Speculations
Ampera Technology Week
KXFS, London, UK

Workers Helmets
Art Relay
KK Outlet, London, UK

Bodybuilding, Architectures for the Body
Surface Design Show
Business Design Centre, London, UK

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2011

Design Faction
Lodz Design Festival
Lodz, Poland

Shocking
See Yourself Sensing
Work Gallery, London, UK

Glitch Fiction
Paris Design Week
La Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris, France

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2010

De l’Objet a la Ville
Venice Biennale of Architecture
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy

Impact!
Cheltenham Science Festival
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, UK

Shocking
Impact! Exhibition
Royal College of Art, London, UK

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2009


Code_Source
Festival de l’Affiche de Chaumont
Chaumont, France