Nelly Ben Hayoun is the director and creator of the International Space Orchestra.
The International Space Orchestra (ISO) is a team of space scientists from the NASA Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, Singularity University and the International Space University. In the summer of 2012, ISO performed Ground Control: An Opera in Space composed by a team including Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Arthur Jeffes, Maywa Denki, and two-time Grammy award winner Evan Price, with a libretto by science- fiction author Bruce Sterling, directed and created by designer Nelly Ben Hayoun. ISO members included NASA Flight Director, Rusty Hunt, a Payload Officer, a Capcom (triangle), and NASA center Deputy Director (Lewis Braxton performing the gong) and a NASA astronaut (Yvonne Cagle: percussion).
ISO's first performance took place in front of the world's largest wind-tunnel at the NASA Ames Research Center and its second in San Jose during the ZERO1 Biennial (North America's most significant showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology.
Ground Control was recorded at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas' studio.
In January 2013, the International Space Orchestra feature film had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and then started a world tour. ISO extends the notion of the `outreach' in terms of scope, scale, and methods of engagement towards architecture, installations, environments, social system, performances, experiences and narratives, as events.
As well as being an unconventional public space outreach event, ISO also acted as an experiential and hybrid interdisciplinary research environment in which space scientists and engineers were invited to implement, deconstruct, perform, sing, mix, modify, and design musical acts in control rooms, acting as a provocation to imagine and human relationships with science and technology and the way in which they can relate to our creative needs.
Come and experience the surrealism of this production merging science, technology, design and opera, Join Nelly and ISO members at SETI for this special screening preview of the International Space Orchestra film.
After the movie, Nelly will answer questions from the audience.