November 2016


NBH Studios stand for actions and reactions. We are the something done, felt or thought in response to the wonderful and indeed the terrible. We are a catalyst for social actions, a harbinger of disorder and the curtain raisers against trickle down illusions.

November has seen transition on a grand scale beyond even our bottom of the sea to distant constellational ambitions. A sinister change has taken place. Yet we will not be a spectator of it. Courtesy of Echo or Stentor, we will be a leading voice of defiance in the face of the insidious, duplicitous and perfidious. Absolutely! The SETI Institute champions 'The Space Viking' and enumerate just a whisper to our obstreperous and resounding voice of confrontation to obstacle and division. Nelly is also presenting at the New York Metropolitan Museum and the New School and serving on the jury of the IXDA in Santiago, Chile. Our voice will not be suppressed, subdued or silenced: from the darkest caverns where the terrible can breed to the elsewhere of the wonderful cosmos, we will be heard.

THIS was our month of November as you HEARD it.
  • Nelly Now a AIGA LA Advisory Board Member
  • SETI Institute & Space Viking
  • ISO Back In The Studio
  • Nelly At The IxDA Awards
  • Space Viking Best of the year 2016 at the MET
  • Nelly at Airbnb 
  • Working with the UN VR Labs 
  • NBH Studios Members Team News
  • End of year Studio Drinks

AIGA LA Advisory Board Member 

Nelly Joins the Team at AIGA LA as Advisory Board Member
This month has see Nelly join the ranks at AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)  LA as Advisory Board Member. AIGA is a professional association for design and within her role at AIGA LA Nelly will be committed to furthering excellence in design as a broadly-defined discipline. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) is where design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice. NBH Studios is proud to say Nelly will be working with the team!  If you missed it, you can see Nelly's presentation at the 2015 National AIGA conference here
AIGA LA Website 

Space Viking, in the Best of the Year 2016 at the MET in NYC

In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day presents the most exciting and critical design projects of 2016 in a daylong event organized and hosted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. At the event, architects, curators, theorists, photographers, and filmmakers construct a global view of contemporary architectural practice. On the 12th November Nelly presented the launch of our latest project, The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking at the MET. Other participants included Wolfgang Tillmans, Yves Behar, OMA, Stefan Sagmeister & Miranda July. The live streaming of the event was viewed by 1.5 million people. This video will soon be posted online for you to watch.

'In Our Time' Details

SETI Institute + Space Viking

Throughout October and November, the SETI Institute have been releasing some of the short videos and trailers developed in house by Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios and Dartmouth Films as part of the project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking. The project deals with contemporary debates on astrobiology and terraforming, two areas of expertise developed at the SETI Institute by our world class scientists, This project is currently in the fundraising stage, to read more, follow the below link and meet with Sigur Ros, geneticist Kari Stefansson and many more contributors.
SETI Institute Series

ISO Is Back In The Studio

The International Space Orchestra and Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl. 

This November will see the International Space Orchestra reunited again to record special tracks taken from their concert with Sigur Rós that happened at the Hollywood Bowl earlier in the year. More on this to come for Christmas!

International Space Orchestra Website

Nelly at the 2016 IxDA Awards, Chile

This November found Nelly sitting on the Jury at this years IxDA awards in Santiago Chile. Led by the 2017 Jury Chair Ravi Naidoo, the founder and Managing Director of Design Indaba, the Interaction Awards Jury gathered to select this years finalists in each category. Nelly sat as a judge for the awards for the Future of Disrupting and the Future of Engaging categories. 
IxDA Award Details

Nelly At Airbnb 


In October, Nelly spoke at the Airbnb HQ in San Francisco during which she curated a space for debate and provocation around the sociological, political, and critical impact of new technologies in space exploration and beyond. She also presented the 'behind the scenes' of The International Space OrchestraDisaster Playground, and our next expedition involving vikings, underwater exploration, and outer space colonisation.

Following on from Nelly's Talk at Airbnb last month, which you can see here, Nelly visited the Airbnb Open Event in LA on the 17th - 19th November to meet with the team and chat about the latest experiential developments within Airbnb. If you want more information about this event, follow this link.

Watch The Talk

Working With The UN VR Labs 

Nelly and Gabo Arora of the United Nations VR (Virtual Reality) Labs are planning a collaborative Talk Series at the UN on dreams, immersive experiences and design in politics.

The UNVR programme based in United Nations HQ in New York City explores the potential role of VR in raising awareness of the world’s humanitarian crises. Its virtual reality films, shown at high-level UN meetings, delve into the human stories behind development challenges and aim to “amplify the voices of those who are often unheard.”

Nelly acts as an advisor to the UNVR Lab, drawing on her expertise in experiences to develop the immersive design portfolio, as well as engaging diplomats and the public through events and talks.

UN VR Labs

NBH Studios Members Team News


Fiona Braillon, our director of photography's latest film Baden Baden , is continuing its run on MUBI UK and it is now released in theaters in the USA. GO AND SEE IT!

Annette Rodrigues pulls out all the stops in the Hilary Campaign in the last few days before the general election. 

Welcome to Candyce Dryburgh a new part of the NBH Studios Team as Research Assistant! 

Welcome to Millie Turner, our legendary travel agent who for the past three years got Nelly flying all around the world.

Dr. Franck Marchis - Together with 1200 planetary astronomers from everywhere around the world, NBH Studios scientific advisor and long term collaborator Dr. Franck Marchis attended the DPS/EPSC conference at Pasadena, CA. He presented his work on the detection of exoplanets using the Gemini Planet Imager. It was also an opportunity to discuss NBH Studios projects with planetary astronomers at the SETI Institute booth. More details here.

Evan Price: This past weekend, Evan gave three world premier performances of my Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. The piece was warmly received by orchestra and audiences alike, including a handful of ISO (International Space Orchestra) members who attended. More information on the performances here. The pieces are a preview of his debut CD, "Dialogues," due out in 2017 on Azica Records.

About our Team 

End Of Year Drinks


9th of December, 8pm, come and join the NBH studios team for drinks and dancing. 8pm to midnight at the Pub Victoria 110 Grove Road, London E3 5TH, after that we will move underground! See you then!