Marie Du Chastel
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 the KIKK non-profit association, which explores the crossovers between art, science, technology and society through the organisation of events and the development of educational and artistic programmes. She is the curator of the KIKK festival (www.kikk.be), 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 (www.le-pavillon.be), the new permanent exhibition space by KIKK which brings together artistic works, scientific research projects and prototypes from the business world. She is also 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 (www.trakk.be). 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).