Nelly Ben Hayoun

Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is a designer of extreme experiences that aims to bring the sublime to life. Dubbed the “Willy Wonka of Design,” Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is an award-winning French designer and filmmaker who creates multi-dimensional experiential projects at the intersection of science, theatre, politics and Design. Wired awarded her their inaugural Innovation Fellowship in 2014, and Icon magazine recognized Dr. Ben Hayoun as one of the top 50 designers 'shaping the future' for her pioneering “total bombardment” design philosophy.

Her laboratory, NBH Studios, is on a mission to bring chaos to the world; she is the founder and director of the International Space Orchestra the world’s first orchestra of NASA space scientists and astronauts; and most recently she founded the University of the Underground, a subversive tuition free educative and cultural programme that is on course to create disorder in academia.



I am a Monster

You will hear about astronauts playing music with The International Space Orchestra; asteroids impacting the earth with Disaster Playground, extreme forms of life on our planet and beyond with Space Viking and finally tuition-free universities under nightclubs with the University of the Underground. Dr. Ben Hayoun will also present some behind the scenes of her latest project 'I am (not) a Monster' an impossible pursuit- looking for the origins, mechanics and power dynamics behind knowledge.


Ben Hayoun 1.png