Her Soyuz chair , for example, is meant to reproduce the three stages of the Soyuz rocket launch — an achievement that required the collaboration of astronaut Jean Pierre Haignere — and in her Moon Dust Remix project she invited several scientists to imagine the sound of Neil Armstrong's boots on the Moon in order to create a sound track out of it. In her experiments, the French designer has reflected on people's creative relationship with science by building small-scale volcanos in living rooms and looking for dark energy in her kitchen sink .
Ben Hayoun's space obsession has recently culminated in her largest endeavour to date, the International Space Orchestra . This time, she managed to put together a whole ensemble entirely consisting of members of the NASA Ames Research Center , SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) , Singularity University and the International Space University , later making them perform a stage opera inspired by control rooms. With the world's largest wind tunnel as a strikingly scenic backdrop, the painstakingly-choreographed performance is the apex of a documentary that premiered 25 January at the Rotterdam Film Festival .
The film is a surreal achievement, a work the author admittedly realised on a journey that brought her to test boundary after boundary
Both The International Space Orchestra movie and project will be featured in Space Odyssey 2.0 , an exhibition taking place at Z33 from 17 February to 19 May 2013 in Hasselt, Belgium.