Updated: Nov 22, 2018
Thoughts after being present in the opening session with Thomas Bellinck and in E.2.4. with Ilaria Tucci (who was not supposed to be in that session by the way)
First of all, "how does complexity produce brutality?". That was the question that drove Thomas Bellinck's work from the creation of a documentary TV series where everyone is affected by the complexity (that we created) of the world we live in to the creation of a dystopian European museum of the past of Europe seen by visitors who come from the present to experience the future that most likely lies ahead.
He is from Europe, he is living in Europe and yet he searches to find out what went wrong with Europe (and with the world by extend) not unlike Ilaria Tucci, a director who presented today (on the second day of the conference) her own search of Europe. The latter chose to put a face in Europe in her spectacle, inspired by the Greek mythology where Europe is abducted by Zeus and searched by her brothers (who of course do not find her in time, it's Greek, it has to be tragic) whereas the first puts his visitors inside the experience of the journey of how Europe got lost.
Is it the journey or the destination? I think in this case it is safe to say both.
We live in a united Europe, that is far from united. We try to be intercultural and multilingual in our artistic works hoping that we can bridge the gap when in fact we do not mind the gap anymore. The majority of artists nowadays do not need to write plays because life itself surpasses the imagination. Thomas Bellinck is trying to raise awareness and caution with his, I suppose, hard to watch project and/or participate in his artistic work, others like Ilaria Tucci connect the dots to find Europe. Both want and need an active audience, but where can we find it? One thing is certain, art needs to awaken the conscience of the public, a public that could find Europe if united.