Referred to as the “Willy Wonka of design and science,” Nelly Ben Hayoun is a French award-winning director, performer and experience designer. Nelly teams up with leading scientists and engineers to create events and performances with the intention of adapting science “to our creative needs.”
Nelly is the brains behind International Space Orchestra at NASA, an experimental and hybrid research laboratory where space scientists have been invited to “implement, deconstruct, perform, sing, mix, modify, and design musical acts in control rooms.” Other projects include semi-domesticated volcanoes which are installed in the living space of volunteers for a couple of weeks and erupt sporadically. Domesticating a natural disaster, Nelly wants to play on a love-hate relationship – would you try to destroy it, or invite people round to see it?
At Here 2013 Nelly presented a whirlwind tour of her remarkable relationship with science, including making dark matter in her kitchen and building mini volcanoes in her lounge. She ended by looking at her International Space Orchestra, an amazing project she persuaded NASA Ames Research Center to agree to, with spectacular results.