On Monday 12th February 2018, Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun will be back at design institute A/D/O in Brooklyn running  the second in the series, monthly seminar: ‘The Last Supper: On tables, carnivores and kitchen stories’. 

The February seminar ‘The Last Supper’ will explore humans as homo-carnivorous species. We will debate the power and politics of food as social actions. We’ll meet with designers who use bacteria to think through the future; all of which while you learn the process of creating absinthe. 

The panelists at the February seminar will include:

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg Artist and designer specializing in synthetic biology and biodesign. 

Mark Greenfield. Founding Artistic Director of The Faux-Real Theatre Company. 

Jillian R. Cavanaugh. Professor of Anthropology & Archaeology at Brooklyn College.

LinYee Yuan. Founder of MOLD – an editorial platform about designing the future of food.

Kevin Herson. Co-founder, Doc Herson’s Absinthe – the first absinthe distillery in NYC.


 ‘Homo Sapiens I Hear You’ is a series of non-linear, non-conventional, and non-passive seminars will 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 about ‘Homo Sapiens, I hear You’ on A/D/O’s website.

And register here for the full series below or  individual sessions through March.


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 .