Simple as ABC #5:
Mobility Management Machine
2020 / ROBIN VZW & Burgtheater
For the last 5 years, Thomas Bellinck has been working on Simple as ABC, a growing series of performances and installations that focus on what he calls “the European mobility management machine”. Digging deeper and deeper into his own international passport privileges, his works zoom in on how complex processes produce basic violence, facilitating the movement of some people, while at the same time criminalising the movement of others. Every installment takes a different form, from a theatrical essay about smell-based border detection technology or an interview-musical about the digitisation of border control to a museum displaying present-day practices of human hunting.
The lecture-performance Simple as ABC #5: Mobility Management Machine invites the audience into 5 years of artistic research and encounters with EU officials, border guards, people smugglers and experts who have been physically and psychologically subjected to the EU external border that Bellinck as an EU citizen helps to construct on a daily basis.
by & with: Thomas Bellinck et al.
coproduction: Burgtheater & ROBIN vzw
with the support of: The Flemish Government & KASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent