Critical Cooking Show - Nelly Ben Hayoun and Rabah Ourrad - Moon Cook
Critical Cooking Show
January 6, 2021
Critical Cooking Show

Moon Cook

Nelly Ben Hayoun and Rabah Ourrad, Moon Cook, 2020.

In Moon Cook, Nelly Ben Hayoun and chef Rabah Ourrad both prepare a traditional North African dish, couscous royal, from their respective kitchens in London and Algiers. As they cook, they discuss displacement, nation-states, colonization, moon exploration, and human settlements in space. Together, they think about possible futures on the moon, and they end up eating their couscous in a DIY moon setting they develop in their own kitchens.


Critical Cooking Show is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Istanbul Design Biennial within the context of its fifth edition, Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one.

Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian is a French designer and filmmaker of Algerian and Armenian descent. She is the creator and director of the International Space Orchestra at NASA and the founder of the University of the Underground.

Rabah Ourrad is an Algerian activist rapper with the band MBS and a chef.

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