Bunting emerged from the 80's committedto building
open/ democratic communication systemsand social contexts.
He came from the street up, passing through and often revisiting
graphity,performance, intervention, pirate radio, fax/ mailart
and BBS systems to become an active participantin the explosion
of the internet.
He has produced many internet projects, some highlyrecognised
and has helped form a strong context for the practice of net.art.
Recently, he has movedinto the field of genetics proclaiming
it to bethe next "new media", and is also making steps towardsproducing
work within financial networks, believingmoney to be the ultimate
media for artistic practice.
I asked Heath for a definition of 'Professional Revolutionary'
which seemed to me a ludicrous term for an artist to apply
to himself. (I have since learned the value of subscribing
to an overblown ludicrousnes - it helps to construct disbelief
whilst deconstrcuting belief at the same time. Useful if you
want to fly in the face of reason and logic) "I deliver a
service in overthrowing existing structures. It's a creative
occupation with clients and financial renumeration."
I wondered why he didn't become a Management Consultant.
A lot of his clients tend to come from the art and academic
world so it tends to be these structures that are affected
by his particular brand of revolutionary methodologies. But
as the term 'revolutionary' is applied to the latest brand
of car just how meaningful can it be anymore? "We live in
degraded environments" says Heath, "and that includes language
aswell as morality, biosystems, architecture etc. Meaning
is up for grabs for all kinds of developers - artists, marketers,
politicians, business, property developers". The contestion
of meaning and property - thats the first pre-occupation for
the 'Professional Revolutionary'.
Rachel Baker, irational
In a sense, much of Bunting's work could be described as'invisible
art', from the anonymous traces of chalk onconcrete to the
spontaneous ringing of a bank of publictelephones. As spaces
for the production and distribution ofart, both the street
and the web exist in tension-filledrelationships with both
traditional media and theinstitutions of elite art themselves,
characteristics whichthe artist clearly finds attractive.
But that situation maybe changing.
Alongside the institutional recognition of net.art,Bunting's
own profile in the art world has risen, making theartist more
attractive as a good investment. In otherinterviews, he has
spoken of his opposition to beingprofessionalized, suggesting
that he may "retire" in orderto remain outside the commodity
art world. So I ask him whathe means by "retirement". He laughs.
"It's like being aboxer. Boxers go into retirement just to
get trained again.Then they come out of retirement and charge
twice as much money!"
Mark Nixon, World Art Magazine
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