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. 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, this film captures all the behind-the-scenes action filmed on location at NASA Ames during the creation of the International Space Orchestra.
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 screening:
Friday Jan 25 in Schouwburg Kleine Zaal at 18:15
Saturday Jan 26th in CINERAMA 7 at 14:45
Tuesday Jan 29th in Lantaren Venster at 16:45
To buy tickets, please visit the International Film Festival Rotterdam website.
TEASER: Ground Control: An Opera in Space, Performance in front of the World largest Windtunnel, NASA Ames Research Center from International Space Orchestra on Vimeo.
Credits: The International Space Orchestra, Ground-Control: An Opera in Space was commissioned by ZERO1 Biennial with support from Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Montalvo Arts Center, the Science and Technology Corporation, Taksha University and V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media. Produced by Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio with the kind support of Phoebe Greenwood. Curated by Michelle Kasprzak, V2_, Guest curator, ZERO1 Biennial. A NASA Ames educational outreach activity, endorsed by the International Space University and Singularity University, and with the kind support of XL Recordings.