MONTHLY TALK – NELLY BEN HAYOUN
THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER 2012
TALKS ON DIGITAL ART, CULTURE AND FILM ON THE FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world's greatest artists, filmmakers, thinkers and doers with the Lighthouse Monthly Talks. Experience designer and director of The International Space Orchestra, Nelly Ben Hayoun, was our speaker this December
Nelly Ben Hayoun’s extraordinary work defies categorisation. She has been called the “Willy Wonka of design and science” for her playful, subversive and ingenious events and performances, which explore the impact of science on our everyday lives. She works with leading scientists and engineers to devise thrilling, creative and extreme experiences about everything from dark matter to space tourism.
Her latest project is perhaps her most ambitious. The International Space Orchestra was created at NASA Ames earlier this year. Blending space exploration and bassoons; planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, it is the world’s first orchestra of space scientists. The orchestra’s members are scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, SETI, the Singularity University and the International Space University. Joining them are an all-star line-up of musicians including, Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz); Bobby Womack; Maywa Denki; Arthur Jeffes (Penguin Café); and Evan Price, plus science fiction writer, Bruce Sterling and collaborator, Jasmina Tesanovic.
The project’s mission is to draw attention to space science at the most monumental time in its history. An exciting new era of private space travel and exploration is underway, fueled by commercial space companies such as Virgin Galactic, Space X and Google. After premiering The International Space Orchestra at the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose this year, Nelly will be working with scientists to beam a recording of the orchestra beyond the horizon and deep into space.
When she’s not at NASA Ames, or below ground at the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider, or at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, or in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, or working with the Super K neutrino observatory in Japan, Nelly is visiting professor at the Architectural Association, Unknown Fields Division. She also lectures at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmith University in London and ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres College of Art and Design in Paris. She is originally from France and studied Design Interactions at Royal College of Art in London.
For her Monthly Talk, Nelly introduced her award-winning practice, particularly focusing on her recent work at NASA.
The talk was a key part of of Lighthouse’s 2012 Uncharted Territories theme, which examines the fundamental human urge to explore, map and understand new territories – real and metaphorical.
Date: Thursday 6 December 2012
Times: 5.30pm – doors & bar, 6.00pm – talk starts, 7.00pm – end
Please note the earlier start-time to previous Monthly talks
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
View photos of Nelly’s talk here
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