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Heath Bunting

Heath Bunting
Transmediale, Berlin, 4 February 2011
Born 1966 (age 47–48)
Citizenship United Kingdom
Occupation Artist
Years active 1980s-present
Style Conceptual art, net.art, culture jamming, tactical media

Heath Bunting is a contemporary British artist born in 1966. Based in Bristol, he is the founder of the site An activist, he created a dummy site for the European Lab for Network Collision (CERN)[4] and works to maintain a list of pirate radio stations in London.

Own, Be Owned, or Remain Invisible

Created in 1998, attributes, hyperlinked words turn from grey to black once visited.

Appropriation

In

Ownership

Not all words in the article are hyperlinked, however. Bunting effectively takes ownership of the following words by leaving them as normal text:

Heath Bunting Heath Bunting flyposter, graffiti artist art radio pirate bulletin board Heath Kings Cross phone-in, Heath Heath. mother bogus Glaxo
website Heath Heath Heath Anti with E Backspace cyberlounge Heath http://www.irational.org.

Through these words he spells out how the article touches on his own identity.[9]

Visibility

In an 1997 interview, Bunting was quoted as saying the issue with the internet at the time was visibility vs. invisibility.identity of Heath Bunting, suggesting that he, himself, chooses to "remain invisible."

King's Cross Phone-In

Communications and networking took center stage in Heath Bunting's 1994 [6] Bunting used his website as an informative source to let his readers know how to partake in his project.


When 5 August arrived, Bunting went to King’s Cross to pick up telephone calls. Many people called in and he witnessed as casual passers-by engaged in conversations with strangers who were perhaps halfway across the world. The project brought people together, if only for a few brief moments, to create a network through the communication medium of telephones. In Digital Humanities, a class by Professor Michael Shanks at Irational.org.

This is an early example of a flash mob and instigating action through a then-passive medium. Bunting's work is sometimes compared to the work of Allan Kaprow, one of the pioneers in performance art.[11]

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