In his 2013 work DOMO DE EŬROPA HISTORIO EN EKZILO (2013-2018), Belgian theatre maker and artist Thomas Bellinck created a fictional museum, in which the visitor worked their way through the museal remnants of the European Union. The visitor was confronted with and immersed in a perspective of an imagined future. His newest performance Simple as ABC #3: THE WILD HUNT, due to premiere in May 2019, plays again with the meta-institute of the EU and with the institution of the museum. In the performance, absent storytellers gather in an imaginary museum to recount histories of humanhunting at the EU’s external borders and to paint pictures that cannot be shown.
In his contribution, Thomas Bellinck zooms in on both works, reflecting on their political and artistic ramifications, as well as on his working method of speculative intervention and the recent establishment of the School of Speculative Documentary, of which he is a founding member.
NB: The ticket for Thomas Bellinck’s contribution is sold separately.
Thomas Bellinck is a Brussels-based artist whose speculative documentary work branches out into theatre, installation art and TV. Having been selected for Het Theaterfestival 2009 for a political action with illegalized immigrants on a hunger strike, he opens the festival with a speech entitled "We were dying and then we got a prize." In 2013 Thomas builds Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo (KVS), a futuristic historical museum about life in the former European Union. After an initial run in Brussels, the museum travels to other European cities, such as Rotterdam, Vienna, Athens and Wiesbaden. Since 2016, Thomas is working as a doctoral researcher in the arts at KASK/School of Arts (HoGent), where he is a founding member of The School of Speculative Documentary, together with filmmaker An van. Dienderen and photographers Michiel De Cleene and Max Pinckers.