Fluxus East

Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe

Gábor Tóth

1950, born in Budapest, Hungary
Lives in Dunakeszi

Gábor Tóth completed two periods of training as a craftsman printer. He has been the founder and editor of various newspapers and magazines. In 1973, he founded the international experimental art magazine Experimental Art Publisher, and he worked as an editor for Hungarian Forbidden Radio, an illegal broadcaster, in 1993. From 1992 to 1993, he was also the editor of the avant-garde magazine Loose Pages. Tóth founded a free improvisation noise-music group, mesékstb/Tales Co, in 1995. In 1996, he was founder-president of the Pause-Sign Art Society. He also established the Unintelligent Art Association, is founder-member of the “texperformancemethamusicgroup” TITO Quartet, and – together with his art colleague Dr Marias – founded the post-dada music performance WELLNESS-Terror Duo. In 2006, he began a new project, publishing noisemusic and film DVDs under the name UninterestingandBoringevents.

Tóth is known primarily for his anti-art slogans, which he produces as postcards and stickers. They include, for instance: “Artist go home!”, “Sorry, no art today!”, “Art doesn’t calm me down”, “Keep it away from art!” and many more. For ten years, he regularly published the slogan “I am not responsible for art!” in many international magazines.

From the 1970s onwards, Tóth corresponded with Dick Higgins, who invited him to collaborate on his project researching into visual poetry. This developed into an intensive contact and led to the investigation of profound theoretical and practical questions. Gábor Tóth is also a close art friend of Ben Vautier; above all, they have shared a similar approach to art and non-art, reflected in several joint actions, since the late 1970s.

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