Project exhibited September to December 2012 in ZERO1 Bienniale
Seeking Silicon Valley Exhibition, San José, CA, USA
Join the International Space Orchestra – an assembly of star-spangled space scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, Singularity University, International Space University and the SETI Institute – as they perform a unique drama of non-terrestrial communication and the techno-wonders of mission control rooms.
Directed by NELLY BEN HAYOUN, featuring music written by Blur and Gorillaz frontman DAMON ALBARN with BOBBY WOMACK; MAYWA DENKI and PENGUIN CAFE‘s ARTHUR JEFFES. With lyrics by BRUCE STERLING & JASMINA TESANOVIC.Musical director: Two time Grammy-Award winner EVAN PRICE.
World premiere of Ground Control: An Opera in Space performed live by the International Space Orchestra
September 13th , 7pm, free entry
ZERO1 Biennial Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street, San Jose, California, US
Thursday, September 13th, 7pm
ZERO1 Biennal Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street, San Jose
In this tangential reality, your Flight Controller conducts arias and the Payload Officer works a baritone sax, while the Capsule Communicator is on the triangle.Merging science, technology, design and opera – Ground-Control: An opera in Space aims to reach the final frontier!The International Space Orchestra, directed and created by Nelly Ben Hayoun, 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 a control room.
Followed by talks with leading scientists and hosted by International Space Orchestra’s director Nelly Ben Hayoun:
Chief Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
Kepler Mission Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
Director of SETI Research
Flight Director LCROSS and LADEE, NASA Ames Research Center
Synthetic Biology Progam, NASA Ames Research Center
The International Space Orchestra, Ground-Control: An Opera in Space is commissioned by ZERO1 Biennial with support fromZ33, House for Contemporary Art,Montalvo Arts Center, the Science and Technology Corporation, Taksha University andV2_ .
Curated by Michelle Kasprzak, V2_, Guest curator, ZERO1 Biennial
With the kind support of XL Recordings