NELLY BEN HAYOUN-STÉPANIAN
Nelly Ben Hayoun is a critical explorer and artist, a fearless and passionate provocateur and a designer of multi-dimensional experiential projects at the intersection of science, theatre, politics, music and design. Her work has been exhibited among others at the MOMA and the Met. In 2014, Wired awarded her their inaugural Innovation Fellowship recognising her as one of the top 50 designers “shaping the future”, while Creative Review named her one of the Creative Leaders 50 driving change not just within their organisation but in the world at large. She founded and leads the hybrid design studio NBH Studios in London which worked for NASA, the BBC, Lego and The Guardian. She is the founder and director of the International Space Orchestra, the first orchestra made up entirely of scientists and NASA astronauts. More recently, she founded the University of the Underground, a free, pluralistic and transnational university based in the basement of nightclubs, which aims to bring generations together to democratise access to public institutions, triggering changes and critical reflections through the use of experiential practices. She also works as a United Nations Advisor to the UN Virtual Reality labs and as a UN Education Goalkeeper. She has directed three feature-length documentaries, including Disaster Playground (2015) which was awarded one of the UK’s most renowned artistic awards, The Arts Council England Exceptional Award.