┐ Heath Bunting, artivist or anartist? └

A1003_a_terrorist_invert copy© Heath Bunting, Map Of Terrorism, strategic response to state terror funded by Tate, London, United Kingdom, 2008. to properly see the map click here

“It is unclear to many people exactly what terrorism is and which activities are now unsafe in the United Kingdom (UK) in terms of getting into trouble with the police. Making a map is often a prelude to colonisation and control. I have recently been under investigation and detention by the UK police for terrorism related offences. This case was fabricated by the Sussex police force, probably an attempt to frighten and probe me. My response to this, instead of seeking public sympathy and support, was to consolidate my existing links with national cultural institutions. Hence my proposal to make this map of terrorism, in context of an invitation for a new commission for Tate. This strategy resulted in me still being under state surveillance, but no longer facing Her Majesty’s (HM) detention.

My intention for this map was to find the borderline between ‘the everyday’, embodied by ‘the high street’ and the global terror fantastic. If goods and services are extended to people globally, we can expect feedback in return. If these goods and services are marketed by force, as for example in Iraq, then we can expect a violent customer returns. Important words to consider for mapping terrorism and the market are both reach and crossover. I have been thinking that perhaps our asymmetric reach has extended too far and that the crossover of unequal cultures has gone too deep. Only the criminally ignorant can act surprised when second generation immigrants become upset when their adopted national state starts to illegally bomb their grandparents back home. Perhaps terrorism has always been a violent response to inappropriate intimacy, similar to bullying.”

04_raquel-sign19_heath_hogge© Heath Bunting in collaboration with Kayle Brandon, mosaic surface squad maneuve (bellow), wall climb with sign suspension (above) Tour D’fence, hands and feet on tour of Bristol’s finest fences funded by None, None, None, 2002. More here

tour de fence acknowledges fence as metaphor for private property. fence as a supposedly temporary, often mobile barrier performing functions of inclusion and exclusion, entrapment and guided freedom, decoration, safety, user boundary, protection from hazard, flow control, visual screening and user separation.

fence is a permeable filter system defining permitted use and users. light, wind, insects, water, plants and sound pass unhindered while high order life forms such as ·humans, fish, cattle and cars are engaged:

development of fence.

up to now the vertical has generally been private while the horizontal public. increasingly, vertical fences are being rotated to the horizontal and enlarged over large areas of land, as all use and users are embraced in total control.

tour de fence recognises the transformation of framed freedom into restricted open-range roaming; the re-alignment of unknown possibilities into known repeatables. users are permitted to skate across flattened surface of fence, but not to pass through – the fence is everywhere.”

vahida_ramujkic_rio_chanca06vez_es_pt© Heath Bunting, BorderXing between Portugal (Mina de Sao Domingos) and Spain (Paymogo), Monday 25 June 2007, Borderxing Guide, make your own border check point funded by Tate/ Mudam, London/ Luxembourg, Uk/ Luxembourg, 2001-2011. Heath’s major project can be seen here

“Heath Bunting’s BorderXing Guide Web site primarily consists of documentation of walks that traverse national boundaries, without interruption from customs, immigration, or border police. The work comments on the way in which movement between borders is restricted by governments and associated bureaucracies.”

“Half way between Alcoutim and Mértola on the east bank of the river where the Guadiana turns inland towards the northwest and so ceases to be the border between Spain and Portugal is the very small village of Pomarão which in 1858 became a busy port as a result of a British company starting a mine at São Domingos 15 km to the north. Mining of gold, silver and copper had taken place in this area since Roman times, and with the advent of more modern machinery, between 1885 and 1966, 25 million tons of copper ore were excavated from this area. The ore was transported by a railway line from the mine to Pomarão where it was loaded onto ships and taken approximately 45 kilometres down the river and out to sea to various destinations for processing. Maps of the Guadiana made prior to 1885 show a ford between Alcoutim and Sanlúcar, the builders of this ford are not known, it could have been built by the Romans, the Visigoths or the Moors. It would have been built by filling barges with stone and sinking them in a long line across the river. With a maximum tidal range of around three meters it may have only been passable at low water on foot, but it would have been too shallow for ships laden with copper ore to pass over safely even at high water, it is therefore assumed that it was removed to allow their safe passage. There is no record of this, but remains of the ford extending from Alcoutim about 30 metres across the river are clearly still there.”

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