Designer in residence - La Gaité Lyrique

october 2012- Paris

Nelly Ben Hayoun will be in residency with the project Moon Dust Remix at La Gaité Lyrique , Paris in October 2012, as part of the Everyday Technology Programme.

See the full project here

Read the interview about the project on la Gaité Live

In Moon Dust Remix, Nelly Ben Hayoun invited scientists to respond to the challenge of imagining the sound of Neil Armstrong’s boots on the moon. This create the sound track for ‘moon dust remix’ a ‘moon chorus’ constituted of lunar experts’ speculation on the sound on the moon.

Based on Moon Dust Remix, and questioning  what sound should be FOR the moon, NBH also worked with the original footage of the Apollo 11 mission and with Foley Artist Sue Harding, in order to fabricate that sound.

With interview by:

-  Buzz Aldrin, NASA Astronaut

-Dr. Francis Rocard, responsables des programmes d’exploration planétaire, CNES, France

-Rusty Hunt, NASA Flight Director, LCROSS and LADEE Mission, NASA Ames Research Center

-Greg Schmidt, Deputy Director, Lunar Science Institute, NASA Ames Research Center

-Kenneth Zin, Eng. Electronic, Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery, Mac Moon, NASA Ames Research Center

-Austin Epps, Aerospace Eng., Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery, Mac Moon, NASA Ames Research Center

-Mike Vergalla, Engineer, Moon Express, NASA Ames Research Center

-The International Space Orchestra, composed of scientist from NASA Ames Research Center

-Peter J Robinson,Computer Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center

Key Dates:

11th October 2012: conference at Musee Des Arts et MetiersThe science of Imagination and Imagination in Science with André Gunthert, Historian at EHESS, Paris,

27th October 2012: Workshop with Foley Artist Sue Harding, with support from British Council at La Gaité Lyrique , Paris . See more and reserve here

3rd November 2012: Presentation,performance Moon Dust Remix at la Gaité Lyrique, Paris

What is la Gaîté Lyrique?

La Gaîté lyrique explores all forms of digital culture: film-making, animation film-making, theatre, dance, circus, music, visual arts, design, graphic design, motion design, musical film, architecture, computer programming, software art, web, games, fashion, etc. As well as all those which we haven't named yet...
La Gaîté lyrique adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to all these creative fields, helping to foster connections and relationships between them.  What is at stake is really the exploration of a new dimension, which is being created by these arts and technologies right before our eyes.


The programs are diversified, eclectic and sustained. From well known personalities to young, emerging artists, the programs respect a balance with regards to fame and generations in their lineup.  They emphasize the merging of different disciplines. The programs are in touch with the ceaseless redefinition of artistic and cultural fields due to digital practices.

The History of La Gaité Lyrique:

In 1862, during major works on the boulevard de Sébastopol undertaken by the Baron Haussmann, a Parisian theatre of the boulevard du Temple was relocated to 3 bis rue Papin : the Théâtre de la Gaîté lyrique. Its 1800-seat hall, decorated by Félix Jobbé-Duval, its majestic lobby and its grand public foyer very soon distinguished it as a Parisian jewel. During the next 150 years, directors - among them Jacques Offenbach - and names (Théâtre de la Gaîté, Théâtre Lyrique, Opéra Populaire, Opéra Municipal de la Gaîté...), succeeded one another. But above all, it was the productions and programs, though operettas had to be included, which remained popular throughout the times.

Very few other places in Paris can boast of such a turbulent history : recording one of the highest revenue of all such places during the Commune of Paris, celebrating Victor Hugo's seventieth birthday, hosting Russian ballets visiting Paris in the 1920s... It was looted during the occupation, when the great chandelier installed by Offenbach and the Emperor's golden coach went missing, stored in the service quarters, it was occupied ten times, and reclaimed twenty times... In the 1970s, there was even a circus school which moved in and had the attic converted into stables for its elephants!

In the beginning of the 1980s, as the imposing dome of the hall threatened to collapse, part of the great hall had to be cemented.  It was soon destroyed by the open air amusement park in the centre of Paris "Planète Magique", which was opened by TV-cartoon mogul Jean Challopin for just a few weeks in 1989.

Since then, la Gaîté lyrique lay dormant, dust gradually settling over this important landmark of Parisian cultural life.  The situation remained unchanged until 2002, when the Mairie de Paris decided to set up a new cultural establishment there, promoting digital culture and contemporary music.
A team, led by Pierre Bongiovanni based themselves there, and from October 2002 to April 2004, organized events and activities within and around the building. During the first Nuit Blanche, La Gaîté lyrique was the venue of a projector installation by well known artist Samuel Rousseau.