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Disaster Playground


Disaster Playground is a creative platform investigating the design of emergency procedures in the space programme, with world renowned space experts at NASA, the SETI Institute and an all star team of composers, writers and international collaborators.

Disaster Playground at UN

Disaster Playground at the United Nations

Photography by Nick Ballon
As part of Disaster Playground, Ben Hayoun took part in the Fifty-seventh session of the United Nations’ Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at the United Nations Office at Vienna, Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria on June 19, 2014. Ben Hayoun interviewed Dr. Sergio Camacho-Lara, Former Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs; on the procedure in place with Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects (asteroids). The entire session was held from 11-20 June 2014. A number of countries, including Russia, Netherlands, Venezuela and Pakistan spoke about different aspects of long-term sustainability of outer space activities. Disaster Management and Emergency Response continue to be key areas of concern from various members of the session.

You can read more about the the Workplan of the Network of Regional Support Offices of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER Programme) for 2014 and 2015 here: 

3 June 2014, Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Fifty-Seventh Session


Wired magazine awards Nelly Ben Hayoun with a WIRED Innovation fellowship for her work to date. The 12 WIRED Innovation Fellows were selected by Wired editorial team on their potential to make a significant impact on the world .

For media enquiries please contact Harriet Robertson or Melody Rayner in the Condé Nast Press Office on or 020 7152 3388/3807. Read more about it here


Arts Council England Awards the Arts Council England Exceptional Award to Disaster Playground! Disaster Playground’s production is co-commissioned through Broadway’s Near Now Programme.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “The Exceptional Awards programme is a chance for us to invest in really remarkable ideas of national importance. Disaster Playground definitely falls within this category. Taking space exploration as its inspiration it will be a fascinating and cutting-edge production that audiences can enjoy as a live experience.” 

Mathew Trivett, Producer behind the Near Now programme said: “We are proud to have worked with Nelly on Disaster Playground from research and development through to now its production. Nelly Ben Hayoun’s practice, represents one of the nation’s brightest artistic talents, a fearless and passionate provocateur who has regularly been described as an ‘manufacturer of the impossible’.”

The Project will be released in 2015, for updates please look at the dedicated project website:


WeTransfer partners with Head of Experiences and collaborator, Nelly Ben Hayoun, to launch Politics!, a series of cartoons and illustrations, which will feature the work of at least one satirical cartoonist from each European country. The weekly illustrations will comment on the recent European elections and the state of European politics.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2014 by Jean Jullien ©, May 2014 

Talks / Papers


October 16th, London

Crafting critical geographies: The Design of Experiences

27th August 2014 Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2014, London

Disaster Playground; Combining Homo Fabers, Homo Ludicus and Animal Laborans in Techno-Catastrophe

28th August 2014 Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2014, London

Planetary Defense and the Design of Experiences at the SETI Institute. A Case-Study: Disaster Playground

29 September - 3 October 2014, 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto, Canada


Coming Soon 

May 24 – August 2, 2014

Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL

Disaster Playground at V&A Digital Week End

20 - 21 September, 2014

V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum, London

Future Fictions
October 5 – January 4, 2014
Z33, Hasselt, Belgium

October 20 to December 2014
BFI, London

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