Nelly Ben Hayoun: Design is all about passion and ambition

At Design Indaba Conference 2013, Nelly Ben Hayoun chats to Michael Bierut about her project The International Space Orchestra.

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Nelly Ben Hayoun has been called the “Willy Wonka of design and science” and has been on a mission to bring chaos, subversion and disorder into the design and scientific world. She's an award-winning director and experience designer working with leading scientists and engineers to devise revolutionary events and experiences. At the 2013 Design Indaba Conference, the French designer chats to Pentagram’s Michael Bierut about her latest project, The International Space Orchestra.

Merging science, technology, design and opera, The International Space Orchestra film captures the behind-the-scenes action during the creation of the world’s first International Space Orchestra. Ben Hayoun worked closely with employees of NASA and assembled space scientists to perform a unique drama of non-terrestrial communication and the techno-wonders of mission control rooms.

The film reveals the intense human adventure of travelling to space, says Ben Hayoun.

Here, she explains how the film captures various space scientists while they re-enact the Apollo 11 mission; from what went right to what went wrong and how the mission became one of the most memorable in history.