Own, Be Owned, Or Remain Invisible >>
Heath Bunting

A discussion of registering words (and thoughts) on the Internet.

||| HIAFF 3.0 | university of colorado | department of art and art history | digital arts area | in conjunction with alt-x | atlas | blurr

Kristine Feeks: To begin, could you tell us how you first became involved with Net.Art?

Heath Bunting: the first network in which i was active artisticly was the street we didn't get involved in net.art - we invented it

KF: To me, Own, Be Owned, Or Remain Invisible is a discussion of registering words (and thoughts) on the Internet. Everything will remain invisible (and insignificant) until it (the domain name) is registered on the Internet. The title seems very important to the piece. Would you talk about how you decided on it?

HB: i agree with your interpretation but i tried to weave another layer it was also considering my own situation as an evolving commodity and those around me i could more greatly disseminate my work by giving up autonomy or i could fall again back into the shadows i decided the latter

KF: Concepetual Artists from the Sixties and Seventies were often criticized by the curatoriat for "pointing" to art as opposed to actually creating it. I can imagine someone criticizing Own or Be Owned for the same reasons because Flint wrote the article, and the links connect to others' URLs. How would you explain to them that the *concept* is your art?

HB: the "is it art ?" is a trap set by fearful curators net.art was many things but was heavily into avoiding colonisation by self interested heirachies it is irrelevant whether it was defined or defended as art a better questions might be: was it a thought provoking, accessible and self aware project ?

KF: To what art/artists do you connect? Are there strong elements or artists that influence your work?

HB: i am interested in all artists/ activists that work for the benefit of human beings and the environment i am opposed to all that are self serving and corrupt

KF: I find it ironic and amusing that you choose to keep your own name "invisible." Is this an effort to remove your touch or influence from the art?

HB: as mentioned above - it was a statement about removing myself from the market

KF: Despite the work to make the links, do you consider it to be a sort of readymade?

HB: the text was an essential component as it was an artifact of my commodification i think the term 'readymade' is useless making references to past market victories is at best vacuous and at worst counter revolutionary Note: I have maintained Heath's exact words and sentence structure in this interview.