AB: How does art on the web relate to life? Does web-art create new ways of combining the old couple art and life?
DD: Art and life will never marry, but they certainly do have a delicious time in bed. I hold with Rauschenberg on this issue--and part, to some extent, from Kaprow and Fluxus. The line between art and life has always been clear: one goes on forever, without limits, while the other is bounded. I agree that webart seems to pierce this line. The "World's First Collaborative Sentence" has in our limited vision a life-like quality. Certainly it gives the promise of going on forever, that is, of becoming boundless. And the web itself offers us "the size of non-size," to quote the title of an old essay*, that is, unprecedented scale: performances involving multiple sites and an infinitude of voices, faces, texts; further the time and text scales are immense, not to say the potential of downloading epic images, sounds, and volumes. But in our heart of hearts we know that politics, chance, the weather or a wholesale desertion to web II, or another universe, is likely to end the sentence one day. Alas, therefore, both the sentence and the web merely pretend to be life: up close, they confess to arthood. Life goes on forever. Life is the universe.
By the way, with time and patronage, I hope to place key texts from this book published by Simon & Shuster, and from others now out-of-print, often requested by students and friends (Art and the Future, 1973; Artculture, 1977, which contains "The Size of Non-Size"), up on my personal website http://this.is/douglasdavis where you can either download fragments or order a digitally-processed copy of the entire text. By the time conventional publishers get around to doing this, I will be blind, halt and dumb. So why wait?