BNA-BBOT creates a sound history of Brussels by collecting testimonies, stories and sounds, by archiving these data and by making them audible in the public space. The collective history thus formed is meant to be inclusive, polyphonic, offering each person the opportunity to inscribe their own story and language in a living documentary and socio-historic corpus. A database and a sound map currently list nearly 25,000 sound fragments and are fed and used by artists, research centres, radio stations, museums, etc.
The organisation is bicommunautair and is open to all inhabitants of Brussels.
BNA-BBOT was born in the context of Brussels 2000, under the impulse of theatre people who noticed that many authors or directors were inspired by people's stories, but without collecting and preserving these stories, without necessarily taking care of them and without offering these stories the chance to be told from their own place of enunciation: the people'voices themselves.