Thomas Bellinck

After studying Germanic Philology at the University of Leuven, Thomas Bellinck (°1983 - he/his) graduated as a theatre director from the Brussels Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound. In 2009, he made the theatre performance Heroes and Villains with Ewout D’Hoore and people detained at the Leuven Auxiliary Prison, the rehearsal process of which was captured in the TV series Leuven Hulp. Between 2009 and 2015, together with actor Jeroen Van der Ven, Thomas created a series of documentary performances, most of which were produced by the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels - a.o. Fobbit; Billy, Sally, Jerry and the .38 Gun; Lethal inc.; De Onkreukelbare and Memento Park. In 2013, Thomas Domo built Domo Eūropa Historio en Ekzilo, a futuristic-historical museum about life in the former European Union. The immersive installation was selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Wiener Festwochen, The Flemish Theatre Festival, Fast Forward Festival in Athens, Wiesbaden Biennale and Festival de Marseille. Since 2015, Thomas has been working on Simple as ABC, a growing series of performances and installations around EU border policies and international mobility injustice. Together with artist-researchers Ahilan Ratnamohan, Sara Oklobdzija and Saddie Choua, Thomas is a member of ROBIN, a Brussels-based production structure supporting socially engaged art practices. He is also a doctoral researcher in the arts at KASK / School of Arts of the University College Gent, where he is part of ‘The School of Speculative Documentary’ - together with filmmakers An van. Dienderen and Rosine Mbakam, photographers Michiel De Cleene and Max Pinckers, and visual artist Jelena Jureša.