Disaster Playground: A Pre - Enactement

31/01 to 2/03/14, MU-Eindhoven, NL

Disaster Playground: A Pre-Enactement


31/01/2014 to 28/02/2014

MU | Strijp S

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Pre-enactment portrays significant events not in our world's past, but in the potential future.

Nelly Ben Hayoun is known as ‘The Willy Wonka of design and science” and she is currently Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, come and travel in her head as she conceives her latest project Disaster Playground. Disaster Playground is a platform investigating future outer space catastrophes and the design of procedures to manage them and assess the risks.

While in development, come and experience the chaos and patchwork of scriptwriting with its endless narratives and its original design of emergency procedures. Take part into the process and define your own storyline by compiling Identity Objects provided for the occasion. A series of curated discussion with experts in game design, story telling and hazardous asteroids will also be available.

Disaster Playground, a jump into Ben Hayoun’s new quest

With a cutting edge approach and made of “off-nominal situations” and a teams of space experts, Ben Hayoun is working on a new challenge. She is questioning what the space programme could be if members of the public were to share its human condition – the dilemmas faced by scientists over discovery and decision-making under pressure. From meteor showers to extraterrestrial signals, from frogs escaping experiments on board of the ISS and worms surviving the Challenger explosion to a volcanic eruption on Jupiter’s satellite, Disaster Playground documents the edge of space fiction. Working with experts in Near Earth Objects (NEO), Disaster and Rescue Assistance (DART), the SETI Institute and with a all star team of composers and writers, Ben Hayoun is archiving disaster mitigation responses, unexpected failure systems and adversity in the space programme based on interviews, reflexions and re-enactments by a team of casted space experts: Deputy Director of Lunar Science Institute Greg Schmidt, Specialist of meteors showers Dr Peter Jenniskens, Specialist of Extraterrestrial Intelligence Dr. Jill Tarter and Dr. Seth Shostak, astronomer and planetary scientist Dr. Franck Marchis, Dr. David Morrison, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute and more.

Disaster Playground is a ‘theatre of cruelty’ as defined by Antonin Artaud, a platform where scientific catastrophe and/or surprise can be more acclaimed than success. This cross and pluri-cultural project will go beyond American and European frontiers and will question the notion of disasters, widely represented in the literature of J.G Ballard and will investigate rescue reactions across culture.

Disaster Playground follows the successful International Space Orchestra, which is a ground-breaking collaborative project that Ben Hayoun is currently directing at NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute in California. It is an experiential and hybrid research laboratory, where space scientists have been invited to implement, deconstruct, perform, sing, mix, modify, and design musical acts in various scientific setup. It is a provocation to action: a call to imagine and disrupt future human relations to science;to adapt science to our creative needs. It involves leading space scientists – including the Deputy Director of NASA Ames and astronaut Yvonne Cagle, and composers such as Bobby Womack, Penguin Café and Beck have already collaborated on the project. In January 2013, the International Space Orchestra feature film had its world premiere at the 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).