The SETI institute Welcomes Nelly Ben Hayoun, Designer of Experiences

Nelly Ben Hayoun Hangar

Nelly Ben Hayoun, director of the International Space Orchestra, is joining the SETI Institute as a designer of experiences.

Nelly Ben Hayoun has been called the “Willy Wonka of design and science” and she is on a mission to bring chaos, subversion and disorder into the design and the scientific world. An award-winning director, performer, and experience designer from France, she works with leading scientists and engineers to devise subversive events and performances. Her projects include collaborating with cosmonaut Jean Pierre Haignere on the Soyuz Chair, a modified armchair that enables those brave enough to try it to experience the three-stage launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket. She also worked with scientists at NASA, particle physicists at CERN to develop Dark Energy in her kitchen sink, as well as working with volcanologists to develop a living room volcano. For the International Space Orchestra, she assembled and directed the world first orchestra of space scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, Singularity University, International Space University and the SETI Institute.

 “It is a real great honor to be appointed Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute. As part of my new position at the SETI Institute I will work on extending outreach activities and design in terms of scope, scale, and methods of engagement towards architecture, installations, environments, social system, performances, experiences and narratives, as events.” Says Nelly.

In the framework of her new collaboration with the SETI Institute , Nelly is currently working on a new project called “Disaster Playground” where she will investigate and speculate on future outer space catastrophic events and illustrates the procedures to manage them and assess the risks. From meteor showers to extraterrestrial signals, from frogs escaping experiments on board of the ISS and worms surviving the challenger explosion to a volcanic eruption on Jupiter’s satellite, Disaster Playground R&D phase includes interviews, thoughts and re-enactments by: NASA Astronaut Yvonne Cagle, Deputy Director of Lunar Science Institute Greg Schmidt, Specialist of meteors showers Peter Jenniskens, Specialist of Extraterrestrial Intelligence and signal Jill Tarter and Seth Shostak, astronomer and planetary astronomer Franck Marchis.

“I have no doubts that Nelly will be a great asset to the SETI Institute, she has the patience and experience to work with scientists and the necessary energy and enthusiasm to design and lead experiences for the institute. Her expertise at the crossroad of science, design and art will help show to the world the creativity and passion at the institute”, say Marchis, senior researcher at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute.

Learn more about Nelly Ben Hayoun's work and visit her personal page http://www.nellyben.com/.

See video google Hangout on International Space Orchestra at SETI Institute here.