Bee Peer Economy

Vincent Dino Zimmer

Juli / July - 2019

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Master of Arts


By asking the question of what enables objects to be propertyless, I created the autonomous, automatic beehive "Bee Peer Economy", which is the responsibility and management of the bees themselves. They sell their honey directly to customers, but make no profit. They use the earnings for self-preservation and reproduction.

What is the Topic?

I've tried to make things that are no property. Property is a human idea that exists since the Neolithic Revolution and extends into all walks of life. Two objects have been created, the "Simple Trade Tree", where water can be exchanged directly for apples. And the autonomous beehive "BeePeerEconomy". This one tries to accomplish how the bees can be enabled to trade their own honey, without intermediaries and other parasitic profiteers like banks. Decentralizing and autonomizing developments in digital technology based on "blockchains" open up new possibilities.

Why does it look like this?

The shape is strongly influenced by the production possibilities of DIY communities. This enables the property to repair and reproduce itself with the help of the community.

What is special?

The autonomous operation of the beehive enables a direct exchange of goods between the bees and the consumers. This eliminates all unnecessary energy expenditure, such as transport, packaging, overproduction and trade. It is produced exactly as required.

What is new?

Property regulates almost all issues in our society. The waiver creates problems but also opportunities. In the idea, the autonomous beehive is able to take responsibility and to manage itself. This enables him to act in today's consumer society, but does not have to make profit. In consequence he produces cheaply on the market without competition and thereby takes over this sector in the long term.