Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian
Hours and dates
- Oct 26 from 09:40 to 10:20
Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian Ph.D (she/ they) is an award-winning director and designer of experiences, a filmmaker and creative director, who creates multidimensional experiential projects at the intersection of film ,science, tech, theater, politics, the arts and design. Ben Hayoun-Stépanian has founded and managed projects, commissions and platforms from all scales from grassroots community organizations (The University of the Underground) to multi millions pounds publicly funded festival (called Tour de Moon) and platforms both physical and virtual. Recognised by her peers as a ‘force of nature’ and a ‘manufacturer of the impossible’, she is known for disrupting systems and sparking radical imagination whilst supporting youth countercultures, experimental practices and pluralistic futures.
Radical Imagination at Work
Opening KIKK festival 2023, Nelly will take you on a provocative journey through her decolonial practice, building platforms for sociological and critical impact with events. In this energetic talk, Ben Hayoun-Stépanian Ph.D will create a space for thoughts, debate and provocation around the urgent need for organized communities, nightlife and plurality in society. Nelly will share some learnings on founding and leading LGBTQ+ youth festival Tour de Moon. This was a free, public, pluralistic, nationwide festival celebrating nightlife and youth countercultures from across the UK and beyond, a part of Unboxed, Creativity in the UK. This was the UK’s most ambitious publicly funded showcase of creative collaboration including free large-scale events, installations and globally accessible digital experiences with a focus on ‘non human-centric’ interactions : music was sent to the moon, while moths were invited to collaborate on this totally hybrid festival of creativity with a mission to decolonise, to celebrate nature, to empower countercultures and to redistribute wealth.
You will see the behind the scenes of complex large-scale productions, she will also exclusively share the latest development of her feature film called ‘Doppelgangers x3’, a diasporic investigation of human settlement on the moon in collaboration with Nelly’s doppelgangers.
Who knows : in the end you might find yourself experiencing an emotional gaze made of crystals and manufactured sun ? And this is only the beginning of KIKK !
Thanks to the support of European FEDER funds, this conference is exceptionally being offered free of charge, on request from the festival reception (entrance to the marquee).