Seminar Series: Homo Sapiens, I hear you

Conceptualized in collaboration with Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun, a celebrated and award-winning creative director of experiences, Homo Sapiens, I Hear You offers a yearlong series of unique seminars that will question, debate and modernize Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs.”

Participants will experience thought-provoking conversations, immersive lectures, collaborative workshops and unique sensory experiences guided by experts in conventional and unconventional fields and industries. Along the way, we will unravel new perspectives on what motivates us and explore whether the modern practice of design addresses our essential needs - from the most basic functions (eating, sleeping, etc.) to the more fulfilling (self-improvement, practicing sports).

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/01: DOUGLAS TRUMBULL - special effects director. PROF GRACIELA CHICHILNISKY, mathematical economist. RACHEL KATZ - transcendental meditation expert. ALEXANDRA JANELLI - hypnotherapist. /02: ALEXANDRA DAISY GINSBERG - biodesigner. MARK GREENFIELD - theatrical director. JILLIAN CAVANAUGH - professor of anthropology. LINYEE YUAN - food editor. KEVIN HERSON - absinthe creator. /03: NOVMICHI TOSA - founder of maywa denki. DR. CLARA ORBE, NASA scientist. DR. NANCY KIANG, NASA scientist. DR. SONALI BOSE, pulmonary MD. DJ HerShe - musician and beatboxer. /04: BRENDAN WALKER - thrill engineer. MUSTAFAA SHAKUR - supervisor of rock safe streets. REGINA WILSON - FDNY firefighter. /05: PAOLA ANTONELLI - MoMA curator. REMY BENNETT - filmmaker and instructor. EMILY DECOLA - founder of puppet kitchen. BETTE GORDON - film director and professor. SAMANTHA HILL - political philosopher. /06: PAUL SAHRE - graphic designer. LAUREN NOVACK - dog whisperer. NANDINI THIYAGARAJAN - NYU fellow of environmental & animal studies. RYAN & TREVOR OAKES - artists & twin brother collaborators. /07: GABO ARORA - vr creator and the first creative director at the UN. JULIE ARSLANOGLU - research scientist at the MET. MATHEW HOLTZCLAW - magician. JULIA MOLNAR - professor at NYIT. /08: BEATRICE GALILEE - associate curator of architecture and design at the MET. VERE VAN GOOL - associate director of ideascity at the NEW MUSEUM. LAURA Y LIU - new school professor. LISA ZASLOW - founder of gotham organizers. /09: PAULA SCHER -  graphic designer, principal at pentagram. NEIL HARBISSON - cyborg artist. MIKE TUCKER - interactive director at magic leap. LYDIA CHILTON - assistant professor at columbia university. /10: VANESSA KEITH - principal at StudioTEKA. DAVID CHARLES - media network lead at impact travel alliance. PAIGE WEST - professor at barnard college. ALLISON C. MEIER - brooklyn based writer. /11: ZACH LIEBERMAN - experiential designer and pioneer in informational design and creative coding. ZAHID AJAM, architect and design fro WORKac. SUZANNE SCHNEIDER, deputy director at the brooklyn institute for social research. RUSSEL JOYCE - pastor of hope church brooklyn.


A/D/O has partnered with radio producer, Elle Clay as well as the editorial and writing team at Cabinet Magazine to produce supplementary content surrounding our research seminars.

The A/D/O Podcast

This podcast is part of Homo Sapiens, I Hear You - a yearlong workshop based on reinterpreting and reimagining man's essential needs.

Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun.

Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is a designer of extreme experiences that aims to bring the sublime to life. Dubbed the “Willy Wonka of Design,” Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is an award-winning French designer and filmmaker who creates multi-dimensional experiential projects at the intersection of science, theatre, politics and Design. Her laboratory, NBH Studios, is on a mission to bring chaos to the world; she is the founder and director of the International Space Orchestra the world’s first orchestra of NASA space scientists and astronauts; and most recently she founded the University of the Underground, a subversive tuition-free educative and cultural program that is on course to modify the status quo in public institutions and academia.

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