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The address still works. The idea was to see what people would do: would they actually go home or to their office and type the address into a Web browser? If they did, what were their expectations? The Web site reveals a simple questionnaire and the answers of people who made the effort to fill it out. If you fill in the form yourself, that is.

Bunting’s work is very much about surprising the audience by making subtle interventions that are often not immediately recognized as art. «I am quite happy to talk about art and things amongst my friends, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that I am an artist in a certain public context,» says Bunting in an interview, «then you bring a whole group of associations that might actually work against your work.» [10] About his work on the street he says in an interview from 1997, when Bunting was one of the first net.artists to be invited to Documenta: «By going out on the street and doing things in public, private spaces will be reclaimed.» [11]

«Project X» seems to also have been a resistance against the growing popularity, even hype, of in 1996. «[Project X] was designed to gauge the public’s interest in the Internet and therefore would reflect


the interest of the viewers,» writes Bunting in an issue of the online magazine Switch. [12] «Project X» combines graffiti and the Internet in a very unpopular way. The chalk scribbles did not look very impressive at all, and they were made in a casual manner. Yet in a time when the World Wide Web was in its early stages of development, the mere presence of a URL on a sidewalk was curious enough. The contrast between the chalk on the street and the techno slick of the Web gave the project an interesting edge. The very thought that someone might just have passed the same wall or street as you and left a message also gives the project a strange intimacy; an intimacy one may also know from finding painted graffiti on walls and street furniture. Someone left their mark, but why and for whom? What kind of culture and people do these signs represent?

With this project Bunting made a poetic intervention that works on different levels at once. The absurdity of the so-called accessible public space of media was revealed by leaving a URL at a place where people would have to make an effort to remember or use it, if they had access to the Internet

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