On 12th May 2018, Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun  and the design institute A/D/O will team up again to present the fifth in the series of monthly seminars: May BOO! On fear, violence and monsters…

May…. Can you picture it? Hmmm…. The lovely smell of the lily of the valleys pervading our streets…. Open the windows! Or are you afraid to do so because of the newly installed beehive on your rooftop? As we hear from our anecdotal daily fears, this month at A/D/O we intend to demonstrate the state of modern-day fears by looking at the development of ideologies in contemporary societies. What makes power and violence? From authoritarian regimes to the fear of capitalism and technology, how have our collective fears developed? By looking through the history of film and other vertigos, we will aim to materialise these fears in the form of props and we will produce social sculptures, a physical representation of the act of thinking nowadays.

The speakers at the May event include:

‘Homo Sapiens I Hear You’ is a series of non-linear, non-conventional, and non-passive seminars which question and re-think humanity’s essential needs; and consider whether the modern practice of design addresses them.

The curriculum conceived by Nelly Ben Hayoun is framed around American psychologist Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”, which offers a model that defines the needs of human beings – from the most basic functions (eating, sleeping, etc.) to the more fulfilling (self-improvement, practicing sports, etc.). Our seminars will unravel how human needs have developed through history and how they might continue to develop over time.

Occurring on the 12th of the month, each seminar will showcase pioneering critical thinkers and present eclectic reference material from around the world. Dr. Ben Hayoun, along with a rotating cast of visiting faculty will facilitate a series of activities, workshops and debates. The series of seminars will be accompanied with: podcasts by Elle Clay, editorial pieces by Cabinet Magazine and Our Machine’s graphics.

Learn more more about ‘Homo Sapiens, I hear You’ on A/D/O’s website.

And register here for the full series or  individual sessions

A/D/O is a community-based endeavor that aims to understand the future of design. A/D/O is  located in a 23,000 square foot former warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s Industrial Business Zone. It has been converted into a space for creative exchange. A/D/O is part of MINI .