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Panel : Jonas Kiesekoms – Sophie Delalay – Marie Duchastel


About The Speaker

Jonas Kiesekoms

Jonas Kiesekoms is head of research at the University of applied sciences and arts PXL-Music where he combines his passions for Music and Science.
Jonas traveled the world as part of the electronic music duo Mumbai Science and applies this experience in his practice based research projects. At PXL-Music he coordinates three research teams focused on Immersive Music, Music in education and Data Science in the music industry.
The data science research team at PXL-Music examines whether it is possible to predict the number of attendees for a future show. Together with partners like Ancienne Belgique and Clubcircuit, the team uses data on more than 7000 concerts and 12000 artists to find out if there is a golden rule to book a successful show. The research group developed a web based application called the Venue Intelligence Platform on which venues can visualize their data and predict the amount of tickets they will sell for future shows. Is this the end of the booker? Can we open the black box of the predicting AI?

Research Coordinator PXL-Music|Musician


About The Speaker

Marie du Chastel

I am an art curator specialized in digital and new media art at KIKK, a Belgian non-profit association exploring the crossovers between art, science & technology through the organization of events, educational activities and art projects.

I am the curator of the annual KIKK Festival, the international festival of digital & creative cultures that gathers every year 25,000 people from 50 countries in Namur, Belgium.

I am also coordinating the new KIKK artistic production & diffusion platform: we produce artists, organize residencies and show the productions around the world.

At the moment, I am involved in the development of the Pavilion in Namur, an art, exhibition, and experimentation center that questions, analyses and promotes new possibilities linked to the digital transformation of society. Through a program of thematic exhibitions of contemporary art, the presentation of scientific research projects and technological innovations, it offers the public the opportunity to understand these complex subjects and to discover the intersections between art, science, technology and society through the sensitive, the human and the exploratory.

I am also involved in the program development of other KIKK projects: TRAKK, the Creative Hub and Fab Lab of Namur and King Kong, a biannual creative cultures magazine.

I'm a member of the Digital Arts Commission of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.


Coordinator & Curator at KIKK Festival


About The Speaker

Sophie Delalay

Sophie Delalay is the Digital Project Manager for Petzi Ticketing Service, the ticketing branch of the Swiss Federation of Independent clubs and festivals. She used to work in communication and marketing for private companies, and as a Product Owner in software development, while working as a volunteer for clubs and festivals. She moved on to become a teacher, while getting involved in the first UX conference in Western Switzerland. She kept working for clubs, first as a Project Manager for the Lausanne Sessions, then as a promoter. In 2013, she started volunteering for Petzi Ticketing Service which was going through a rough phase.
Member of Petzi’s National Commitee, Sophie now leads the team of 8 volunteers and 3 part-time employees that offers Petzi members a solution for an online agenda, local POS, ticketing, billing, scanning and reading system and its support. Petzi now caters for two hundred members, clubs and festivals from 30 to 3000 people, selling more than 123’000 tickets every year, on a non-profit basis. Petzi Ticketing Service is now one of the major contenders on the ticketing market in Switzerland, whose low fees guarantee a wider access to culture for the audience, offering a ticketing service based on Petzi’s members’ needs and requests.

Digital Project Manager, Petzi