The Kikk festival is an event mixing art and digital, the 2017 edition was held on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Namur in Belgium under the theme of "Invisible stories". A few people from Biborg : Mathilde Jacon Creative Director, Matthieu Chiama Motion Designer and Samuel Leroux Creative Technologist, were present at the festival and they share with us their experiences from the event :
A variety of different activations are offered during the Kikk festival : A hub market dedicated to professionals from different startups who present their products, the Little Kikk, a space for children with interactive installations and also a number of exhibitions and artistic performances throughout the city of Namur. Here is a recap of our 7 favourite installations during the festival.
l’Arbre à Cerveaux (Brain Tree)
At Little Kikk we were able to test l'Arbre à Cerveaux, a musical installation proposed by the studio “musique meuble” allowing 12 hammers to control mechanical instruments that create their own rhythm. This experience opens up a fascinating playground that explores the richness and complexity of sounds.
A fun and creative installation titled, the Flippaper allowed users to create their very own pinball game by illustrating their personal vision of it. Once the playground was drawn, the illustration came to life and transformed into a real game through a video projection.
Jérémie Cortial and Roman Miletitch have managed to make the Flippaper a friendly and fun tool. Users can creatively express themselves through an already known game : the flipper machine. The apparent simplicity of the device is the result of two years of work!
The experience offered by the moovel Lab allowed us to be in the place of an independant car by discovering the information it sees and analyzes in real time to make decisions.
The Moovel Lab project offers a real immersion in the skin of an autonomous car to discover all this information through a virtual reality helmet. An original and fun project to understand the complex operation of the vehicles of tomorrow.
The artist Robyn Moody presented the activation "Wave Interference", an installation that mixes different time periods by setting in motion 88 animated neons that dance and form an infinite undulation, a cascade of light, to the rhythm of harmonic layers played by an organ from the 19th century. This wave of neon lights attracted our attention and plunged us into the most hypnotising atmosphere.
The exhibition dedicated to Joanie Lemercier, in the Belgian Gallery, highlights the hypnotic and haunting works of this French artist, well known for his work with 3D, lights and exploration on the borderline that separates the physical and virtual. These effects of mapping and the work of light were really play tricks on our perception.
More surprisingly, the artist Lawrence Malstaf makes us live a somewhat disturbing performance in a church. Vacuum packed bodies were between 2 large suspended plastic sheets for a duration of 20 minutes. Do not panic, a tube allows participants to regulate the flow of air. But what were we looking at? Embryos? Out of space?
A performance provoking many debates and questions, like the work of the Bruges scenographer Lawrence Malstaf. A reflection on time, space and consumption. If you’re claustrophobic, beware!
While in 2016, the KIKK festival attracted more than 15,000 people, this year it continued to manage to bring together people from the worlds of art, science, technology and economics. An eclectic and playful program that has allowed the general public to discover all digital cultures.
From mapping and artificial intelligence to interactive installations: the festival is full of sources of inspiration for future collaborations and new concepts for our clients. In a state of mind very close to the Biborg Lab: combining art, digital and technologies to make them accessible to the general public.