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From November 2 to 4, designers, developers, makers, entrepreneurs and artists gathered in Namur, Belgium for the 7th edition of the Kikk Festival. 10h11 had the opportunity to attend this very special and exciting festival: here is a quick overview.

Meetings, ideas, projects, a city, 3 days : the Kikk Festival is a bit like that, but it is also an experience for art, design and digital enthusiasts.

The heart of the Festival extends over a radius of a few hundred metres, in 4 iconic places in the city :

• The sublime theatre of Namur, for the Kikk Talk and Kikk French conferences.

• The Congress Centre, for the Kikk Tech, Kikk Design and Saturday Workshops conferences.

• The Belfry Gallery, which hosted the Kikk Art installations

Notre Dame Church, reserved for the Little Kikk and its facilities designed for children (and adults…).

Other places made it possible to extend the Festival to all of Namur, particularly for the “Kikk Parties” evenings organized at Cinex and the Bunker and its Berlin atmosphere.

Despite all this, the Kikk Festival would not be what it is without its high quality conferences, which were held over the first two days. The 10h11 team was able to attend the vast majority of them, but for the sake of clarity we voted internally for our top 3, detailed below. Our goal : to try to illustrate to you the great diversity of the projects presented by the speakers and perhaps make you want to participate in the 8th Kikk next year!

Conferences : our top 3

3 – DRIES DEPOORTER (https://driesdepoorter.be/)

Among the projects presented by the prolific Belgian digital artist, who gradually specialized in the field of privacy and our relationship to mass surveillance, we were taped by “Seattle Crime Cams”.

With this project, Dries Depoorter wanted to combine a certain vision of voyeurism with a perfectly well-founded use of Open Data : as soon as a Seattle emergency centre receives a phone call and locates it, Seattle Crime Cams identifies the nearest video surveillance camera so that the viewer can potentially witness the crime in progress.

Vimeo link : https://player.vimeo.com/video/158497068

From the design of the installation to its technical realization, nothing has been left to chance, as for all Dries Depoorter’s projects, which you can find in detail on its website : https://driesdepoorter.be/

2 – CLAUDIO GUGLIERI (https://guglieri.com/)

The “HOME” conference, given by Microsoft’s talented Creative Director, was not a presentation of his latest projects, but rather a story, a story, illustrated by a metaphor: our digital tools and applications used on a daily basis are our “home”, our home.

Vimeo link : https://player.vimeo.com/video/213863676.

This image may seem strange at first sight, it quickly becomes very relevant as Claudio Guglieri explains it. What is a “home”? A place where we feel good, safe and reassured by little habits that make our daily lives easier. Nothing corresponds more to this definition than the smartphone, the computer or all the applications we use every day.

As creators of these applications, it is therefore our duty to make them as pleasant as possible, “easy to live with” in a way. As such, it differentiates the applications we use daily from the marketing sites we visit on a more occasional basis. He compares them to hotels, whose objective is more to surprise you, to make you have a good time, without making you want to live there every day.

Claudio Gurglieri gave us his advice in the form of 3 main principles: repetition, evolution & ownership. How to use animations sparingly? Anticipate content structuring or quickly build user loyalty? The designer’s ideas seemed simple but extremely relevant. We will not hesitate to reuse them in our future productions!

1 – JIFEI OU (https://tangible.media.mit.edu/person/jifei-ou/)

Jifei Ou, a doctoral designer at the MIT Media Lab, retraced the evolution of his research, which has as its backdrop an exciting issue: how to design the living ?

The presentation focused on projects that try to imitate the living, such as the impressive Cilllia, which reproduces hair of all kinds using 3D printers.

Vimeo link : https://player.vimeo.com/video/166604922.

For other projects, Jifei Ou (and his team of engineers, biologists and data scientists) has not only imitated the living, he has also designed with the living. In the bioLogic project (itself composed of a multitude of application sub-projects), bacteria from soya were extracted and cultivated. Their particularity? They contract or expand depending on the humidity level. A custom 3D printer was then designed by the team to be able to deposit these bacteria on supports that can change shape according to environmental conditions. From a tea bag in the shape of a leaf that opens under the action of water vapour, to clothes that offer openings for athletes when their perspiration rate becomes too high, there are many applications.

Vimeo link : https://player.vimeo.com/video/146448916.

A conference that once again proves the effectiveness of multidisciplinarity in project teams !

See you next year!

 

A big thank you to the OFQJ for the organization of this delegation !

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