On 12th June 2018, Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun  and the design institute A/D/O will team up again to present the sixth in the series of monthly seminars: ‘TALK TO ME. I AM YOUR FRIEND; On animals, friendship and speech’.

Formula One driver Alain Prost was famous for his meticulous strategy while racing at the speed of light. He also entertained a friendship-rivalry with the driver Ayrton Senna who sadly died in a car accident as Alain was retiring. Is friendship always starting/ and/ or ending with a spark? This month at A/D/O we will explore the ultimate friendships, from passion to future robotic love and canine familiarity. We will study the languages of appreciation between Homo sapiens but also dogs and perhaps even dinosaurs.

The speakers at the June will 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.

You can register here for the June’s seminar.

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 .