On May 5th, World Renowned Marine Biologist and Ted Prize Winner Dr. Sylvia Earle, President of submersible company Doer Marine Liz Taylor and Ian Griffith, acclaimed Icelandic Post-rock band Sigur Ros (Big Dipper Management), Two Time Grammy Awarded Winner Evan Price are visiting NASA AMes Research Center, NASA SSERVI and the SETI Institute as part of NBH Studio new project R&D; The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking. A Space Odyssey and Viking Saga 11km under the sea, documenting a submersible expedition and an encounter with our biological archeology. Merging the fields of astrobiology, terraforming and the research of extremophiles, the project is set for release in 2017.
The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking follows NBH studio latest feature film Disaster Playground. Disaster Playground (World Release July 2015) premiered at SXSW 2015 and which was selected as one of the six highlights of SXSW while nominated in Feature Documentary, Vision Category which promotes ‘audacious filmmakers, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking’. The film follows the scientists planning the monitoring and deflection of hazardous Near Earth Objects and the real-life procedures in place in the event of an asteroid collision with the earth.
Prior to Disaster Playground, NBH Studio assembled the International Space Orchestra, in collaboration with Beck, Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, Maywa Denki, Bruce Sterling and Penguin Café. This musical collaboration was blasted into space from a Japanese launch pad in August 2013; the International Space Orchestra (ISO) is the world’s first orchestra of space scientists from NASA Ames research Center and the SETI Institute. The ISO is still up and running at NASA Ames, it was recognized by international critiques as a “masterpiece” (ICO), a ‘real achievement’ (DOMUS), “as thrilling as watching a rocket launch” and “Spine Tingling” (Guardian).
Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band with classical and minimalist elements. The band is known for its ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto vocals and use of bowed guitar. Sigur Rós was formed in 1994 in Reykjavík, Iceland, by singer and guitarist Birgisson, bassist Georg Hólm and drummer Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson.
Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.)/ Mission Blue, and Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc. (DOER), Chair of the Advisory Concil for the Harte Research Institute and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of more than 200 publications and leader of more than 100 expeditions with 7,000 hours underwater, she is a graduate of Florida State University with M.A. and PhD. degrees from Duke University and 26 honorary doctorates. Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and the development of technology for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the 2014 Netflix film, Mission Blue and the recipient of more than 100 national and international honors and awards including being names Time Magazine’s first Hero for the Planet, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, winner of the 2009 TED Prize, the Walter Cronkite Award, UNEP Champion of the Earth, Glamour Magazine’s 2014 Women of the Year, the 1996 Explorers Club Metal, Royal Geographic Society 2011 Patrons Medal, and the National Geographic 2013 Hubbard Metal.
Liz Taylor is the President of DOER Marine, a full service engineering solutions company. Over the last 17 years, Taylor has developed the company and currently oversees business development, government contracts, marketing, writing, and educational outreach. She works across multiple industries, collaborating with marine contracting firms, commercial diving companies, oil and gas service companies, government, law enforcement, environmental response, search and rescue, offshore wind farm services firms, aquaculture firms, mega-yachts, expedition yachts, film production companies, universities and marine science institutions. She was previously the president of the Caribbean Marine Research Center where she utilized both manned and unmanned undersea vehicles that support aquaculture and marine research. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has background in commercial diving and maritime operations.