Behind the Scenes with Nelly Ben Hayoun

Monday 23 October, 5.30pm

Join us for a unique evening as we discover the secrets of award winning director, Willy Wonka of design and science and designer of experiences Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun. On the top of the train tracks of Village Underground, up in the roof, we will gain exclusive insights into her latest Doppelgänger project.

This presentation will take us behind the scenes, to see how the project is developed as we help to train one of the new doppelgängers in her role. Announced in May at a digital conference re:publica in Berlin, NBH Studios unveiled a new hyperreal experience. Two doppelgängers performing as Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun on stage. This project is an investigation into contemporary mythologies and politics of experiential practices. In the coming years, Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun and her doppelgängers will be appearing in multiple places and various locations challenging notions of space and time but also questioning the politics and economics of performance and public speaking.

Known for manufacturing the impossible, NBH Studios allows for you to become an astronaut in your living room while dark energy is being created in your kitchen sink and a volcano erupts on your couch. NBH Studios and her pluridisciplinary talented team will open the doors of their studio for this visit.  Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun was named one of the 50 international designers “shaping the future” by Icon magazine, one of the “50 creative leaders’ by Creative Review, she is the Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Chief of Experiences at WeTransfer, a member of the International Astronautical Federation, and a keynote speaker speaking worldwide about her experiential practice. Dr. Ben Hayoun has a Barbie doll and a Lego made after herself. In 2017, Dr. Ben Hayoun has launched with academic partner the Sandberg Instituut, the University of the Underground, a tuition free postgraduate university based in the underground of the urban spaces under London and Amsterdam, composed of dreamers of the day and supporting unconventional research practices. Nelly received her MA with distinction from the Royal College of Arts in Design Interactions, she holds a PhD in Geography (Human geography and political philosophy) from Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2016, she was awarded with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London Teaching award.

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