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Who are BBM ?
 © Piet Hiltmann 2014


© Piet Hiltmann 2014


The machine-performance group BBM (Observers of Operators of Machines) exists since 1989.
They are accompanied by musicians, architects and software-programmers who work with BBM dependent on what the specific needs of a project are.
Their work is collective. Nobody from outside the group will be able to distinguish individual handwritings.

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Telekill, Hanover 1995



[Para-] Politics ?

Determined by their basic material — the machine — the work of BBM always has been focussed on technology, scientific research and the social reality of post-war Germany.
In more than 50 performances during this period they paraphrased their main topic — the late industrial age and modern capitalism — many times. But still they don´t feel like a sixties "Agitprop"-group or do have any kind of defined ideological background.
They see themselves as "intellectual probes", emphasising the explosive points in history, as former "documenta"-organizer Jürgen Schweinebraden wrote about them.

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Telekill, Hanover 1995



Books and performances

BBMs work always has been multi-dimensional. There are on the one hand side the extremely exuberant, extravagant shows where material and artwork is trashed and wasted like it would be just nothing to do so. Only few of their vehicles survive more than once.
But at the same time they carefully put into archive what ever is used in a show. So you can find a brilliant 90 min VHS cassette with 10 films made by filmmakers which are by now celebrated as "Oscar" and other short-film festival price winners.
The latest project has its own documentation, called "72 artefacts", with english or french subtitles.
Books have been their most precious archive for their thoughts and projects so far. they produced a whole lot of it in 11 years: you can find them listed at the "books CD video" page in here.


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Telekill, Hanover 1995



Museum vs. business

The work of BBM is generated in the inner circle of modern art. Its first appearance mostly has been in public space.
It is BBMs conviction that artistic substance is only to be achieved if the artist constantly renews his knowledge of the functions of the social system he lives in and of its economic conditions.
Therefore the museum never has been a big goal of BBM. But again and again they have been engaged in analysing the social influence of big German concerns.
On from the beginning in the late 80ies they indefatigably asked: who will win that game? who will braindrain whom? what is the more impressing factor in Europe: cultural or company´s activities?



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Guido, Hanover 1995



Cars

The core of the prosperity of German economics is the car. Therefore BBMs machines ever have been vehicles. Very consciously they never produced anthropomorphical works: no classical "robots", no mechanical workers or pets, but tools for their kinetical operations.