Fluxus East

Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe

Tamás St. Auby

1944, born in Fót, Hungarybr />Lives in Budapest

Tamás St. Auby (also known as Szentjóby, Stjauby, Emmy / Emily Grant, St. Aubsky, T. Taub etc.) was initially a poet and cartoonist before becoming a “neo-Socialist Realist”. In summer 1966, together with Gábor Altorjay, he organised the first happening in Budapest, The Lunch – In memoriam Batu Kán and thus gained a record with the Hungarian secret service under the code name “Schwitters”. In 1968, he founded the International Parallel Union of Telecommunication (IPUT), of which he is now superintendent. In 1969, he organised the first Fluxus concert in Budapest. A second Fluxus concert in 1973 was banned shortly before the performance, but made good exactly twenty years later.

In 1972, St. Auby began to develop his interest in the strike theme, which led in 1974 to the programme Subsistence Level Standard Project 1984 W – Make a Chair! He was arrested for his samizdat activities in 1974 and expatriated in 1975. In Geneva, he opened the new headquarters of IPUT, where he continued to develop the LSP 1984 W. He took part in several Fluxus events – for example the Fluxconcert for George Maciunas in Geneva in 1980. As from 1980, he organised several non-art art strikes. In 1987, he opened the Gallery Ruine in Geneva, which is based on the principle No profi/No-profile/No-profit.

In 1991, St. Auby returned to Budapest, where he became a lecturer at the newly established Intermedia Department of the College of Fine Arts. Aiming to correct the prevalent myths, in 2001 St. Auby founded the Neo-Socialist. Realist. IPUT’s Global Counter-Arthist.ory-Falsifiers Front (NETRAF), in whose name he digitalised ca. 1,100 little-known artworks dating between 1956 and 1976 – banned at the time of production – in order to present them in the Portable Intelligence Increase Museum.

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