Tamás St.Auby, Zentaur
16 mm, 36’
The Badischer Kunstverein is presenting a joint exhibition and events programme in collaboration with the independent project-space tranzit.hu from Budapest. The cooperative project covers a period beginning in the 1960s, leading to politically and socially relevant questions of today.
At the center of the exhibition on the upper floor of the Kunstverein is the project IPUT by the Hungarian artist Tamás St.Auby, which is being presented in Germany on this scale for the first time. St.Auby founded the 'International Parallel Union of Telecommunication' (IPUT), a fictional organisation parallel to the military status quo, in 1968 and has developed various projects within this context.
Initially St.Auby worked as a poet in the 1960s, creating 'picture poems' and 'concrete poems', and organised the first Hungarian happening in 1966, with Gábor Altorjay. He translated and distributed important texts by the Fluxus movement, organised happenings, actions, action theatre and the first Fluxus concert in Hungary in 1969. In 1975 St.Auby was expelled from the country and spent most of his 15-year exile in Geneva. Among other projects, he began to work more intensively on his project around the margin of subsistence ('Minimal Subsistence Standard Project 1984 W'), which also plays an important role in the Kunstverein exhibition. Another central element of the exhibition is the film 'Centaur' (1973-75) which, because of its criticism of the working and social conditions existing at that time, was banned by the board of censors. After its successful presentation at the Istanbul Biennal 2009 the film can now be seen for the first time in Germany.
On the occasion of the exhibition, tranzit.hu and the Badischer Kunstverein will co-produce a publication.