The International Space Orchestra, a feature film directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, is currently being screened on multiple dates in Trondheim, Oslo and Tromsø between 3-17 April as part of the All Borders are Temporary program curated by Brynjar Berkem and produced by Transnational Arts Production (TrAP).
All Borders are Temporary program is based in our seasonal theme, how all borders are temporary. The films are about having a dream and the challenges that need to be solved trying to achieve it. The dream of a better and alternate future is something we all have in common, and cannot be controlled or owned by the few.
The International Space Ochestra was made in collaboration with NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Life), Singularity University, and the International Space University,and featuring original music by BECK, PENGUIN CAFE‘s ARTHUR JEFFES, Blur and Gorillaz frontman DAMON ALBARN with BOBBY WOMACK and producer Richard Russell, arranged by GORILLAZ Musical Director MIKE SMITH; and Japanese superstar and Otamatone inventor, MAYWA DENKI. With lyrics by science fiction author BRUCE STERLING and writer JASMINA TESANOVIC. Musical director: Two time Grammy-Award winner EVAN PRICE.
For the performance Ground Control: An Opera in Space, NBH Studio assembled a group of NASA space scientists and astronauts to participate in a musical retelling of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Ben Hayoun describes the collaboration, which premiered in front of the world’s largest wind tunnel (80x 120 feet) in NASA’s Ames Research Center on September 6th 2012 (see Teaser here), California, and San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall with a live performance with BECK, ‘a call to imagine and disrupt future human relations to science – to adapt science to our creative needs’. Ground Control: An Opera in Space was recorded at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas‘ studio, where Star Wars was developed.
In January 2013, the International Space Orchestra feature film had its world premiere at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival where it was acclaimed by the critic as a “masterpiece” (Independent Cinema Office, ICO), a “real achievement” (DOMUS),”as thrilling as watching a rocket launch” and “Spine Tingling” (The Guardian).
You can find the details of each International Space Orchestra below:
April 3rd 18.00 Cinematheque Trondheim, part of Meta.Morf 2018
April 8th 18.00 Cinematheque Oslo accompanied by the talk between Nelly Ben Hayoun and Khalil Joreige and hosted by Hanan Benhamar
April 17th 18.00 Verdensteatret Tromsø
You can find more about the events and how to get tickets here.