Her Disaster Playground project investigates the design of emergency procedures in the Space programme. It follows a real-life procedure in place in the event of an asteroid collision with the Earth.
Ben Hayoun says: “It attempts to address the complex decision-making involved in developing a coordinated international response to the challenge of protecting the Earth… It depicts the chain of command necessary where only a few experts exist who understand the technology.”
As part of the project, Ben Hayoun is hosting a workshop on 20 September, with Space experts Jay Tate, Anita Heward and Richard Tremayne-Smith, in which participants will be invited to “fabricate, design and perform the presidential speech following an asteroid impact”.
And on 21 September Ben Hayoun will be showcasing a preview of her Disaster Playground film, as well as taking part in a panel discussion about her “impossible journey searching for asteroid hunters”.