Nelly Ben Hayoun is the Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), CA, USA appointed in May 2013.

“It is a real great honour to be appointed Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute under the supervision of Dr.Jill Tarter , Karen Randall_ Director of Special Projects at SETI Institute, Dr. Franck Marchis Senior Scientist at SETI Institute, Dr. Adrian Brown, Research scientist at SETI Institute and Dr. Janice Bishop, Senior Research Scientist. As part of my new position at SETI Institute I will work on extending outreach activities and design in terms of scope, scale, and methods of engagement towards architecture, installations, environments, social system, performances, experiences and narratives, as events.

Building on my previous experience working with leading scientists and engineers to devise subversive events and performances (previously in Cern, Super K, Chernobyl, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Imperial College London, SLAC etc…), or for example with the International Space Orchestra, a project I created and direct since 2012 at NASA Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, the International Space University and Singularity University, I will develop interdisciplinary research environment, platforms in which SETI Institute’s scientists will be solicited to implement, deconstruct, perform, enact, reenact, sing, mix, modify, and design musical or filmographic acts on their scientific research. Together we will design experiences to engage the public with the greatest SETI Institute debate: to know our beginnings and our place among the stars”

Nelly Ben Hayoun-May 2013

See video google Hangout on International Space Orchestra at SETI Institute here