Namur (Belgium) : colliding art, science, technology & entrepreneurship through the KIKK Galaxy
KIKK centers its activitites around 4 major projects. The KIKK Festival, the recognised flagship event on the international art, science & technology scene that, every year, gathers more than 30,000 participants from 50+ countries over 4 days in Namur for a programme of 50 conferences, an art exhibition with monumental installations in 25 unusual indoor and outdoor locations all around the city, a startups’ market, and educational activities. KIKK is also a founding partner of TRAKK, the Creative Hub and Fab Lab and Media Lab of Namur, a 3000 m2 space dedicated to digital, cultural and creative industries with a coworking area, offices and creative studios. Moreover, the organization has also founded an artistic production platform specialized in art & science that produces around 10 projects a year and organises artistic residencies. And finally, KIKK also manages Le Pavillon, a 2,500 m2 permanent exhibition space exploring the crossovers between art, science and technology nestled at the top of the Citadel of Namur.
Fanny SeligmannMedialab Manager
Fanny Seligmann is the freshly recruited Medialab Manager, she joined the project TRAKK by KIKK.
After a long experience in various radio shows and in sound design, she organized multiple 24 hours radio lives with mobile studios. Super polyvalent, she was chroniquer and photographer for the music webmag InDepth. After a few years training as communicant, something was missing and the willingness to go further made her restart a formation in transmedia architecture. With that education, she drove a transmedia project including the writing of a web series and organised a transmedia festival that got canceled due to covid.
She got curious about new media, technologies and innovation. As a dreamer, she arrived on the KIKK team for some new challenges. The team recruited her to complete the proposal of the creative hub in Namur, the TRAKK. They already have a FabLab and wanted to expand their services for creatives, entrepeneurs etc so the new objective for Fanny is to create a Medialab from scratch.
Marie Du ChastelCurator and expert in digital and new media art
Marie du Chastel is an art curator and expert in digital and new media art. She is in charge of the programming of the activities of KIKK.
She is the curator of the KIKK festival, the international festival of digital and creative cultures that brings together more than 35,000 people every year in Namur, Belgium, since 2011. In parallel, she is developing the AfriKIKK project, a project to showcase the digital creativity of Africa, Maghreb countries and their diasporas.
Marie is also the curator of Le Pavillon, the new permanent exhibition space by KIKK which brings together artistic works, scientific research projects and prototypes from the business world.
She is in charge of the KIKK’s artistic production and dissemination platform, which produces artists, organises residencies and disseminates their productions throughout the world.
Finally, she participates in the organisation’s many other projects, including the creative hub and Fab Lab in Namur TRAKK.
Marie has been a member of the Digital Arts Commission of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation since 2014. At the end of 2020, she was elected Francophone Woman of the Year 2020 by the AIMF (the International Association of Francophone Mayors).