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Simple as ABC #6:

The Museum of

Human-Hunting /

ANTWERP

AUDIO INSTALLATION
2021 / KUNSTHAL EXTRA CITy (Antwerp) & ROBIN (Brussels)
Part of the group exhibition ‘Radically Naive / Naively Radical’

What if we were to build a Museum of Human Hunting? What would it look like and who would we encounter there? For this installation, set up in the pews of A former Dominican Church, Thomas Bellinck focuses on the hunting toolbox of the ‘European mobility management machine’, which promotes international freedom of movement for some, while making it illegal for others. Since 2015, Bellinck has held conversations on this topic with so-called ‘border managers’, people who work at various EU institutes and agencies. The original audio recordings of these conversations are not permitted to be released. As a visitor you become an eavesdropping (and complicit) witness to re-enactments of three of these discussions.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION Thomas Bellinck

DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE Said Reza Adib, Esther Severi

PRODUCTION Kaat Balfoort, Sandra Raes Oklobdzija

RECORDING STUDIO De Kiem

SOUND ENGINEERING Pierre-Alexandre Lampert, Lars Morren

TECHNICAL DIRECTION Arthur De Vuyst

TRANSLATION Jodie Hruby

VOICES Thomas Bellinck, Edoardo Ripani, Yaël Steinmann, Jeroen Van der Ven

 

PRODUCED BY ROBIN vzw & Kunsthal Extra City

WITH THE SUPPORT OF The Flemish Government, KASK / School of Arts Gent, VGC


CONCEPT INSPIRED BY Grégoire Chamayou’s ‘Manhunts: A Philosophical History’

INDEBTED TO THE WORK OF Simone Browne, Mahmoud Keshavarz, Joseph Pugliese, Tyler Parry, Charlton Yingling

 

THANKS TO Kristien Borgers, An Breugelmans, Andrea Kränzlin, Celine van der Poel