Art and Counterculture - Hungary and East Central Europe

January 28, 2010 - 17:30 - 19:00
Nador u. 11
Toth Gyorgy Istvan Room
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Open to the Public
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Department of History
Art and Counterculture - Hungary and East Central Europe

Art and Counterculture - Hungary and East Central Europe
A discussion with Tamas St. Auby

Tamas St. Auby (Szentjoby, Stjauby, Emmy Grant, T. Taub) is a prominent representative of Hungarian Neoavantgarde art. In 1966 he arranged the firs happening in Hungary with Gabor Altorjay. In subsequent years he was one of the main figures of the Budapest avant-garde scene, organizing happenings, participating in collective exhibits (IPARTERV, Balatonboglar). In 1974 he was expelled from Hungary because he disseminated Samizdat works of Gyorgy Konrad and Ivan Szelenyi. He lived in Geneva until 1991, continuing his non-art art activity. Later he returned to Hungary, taught at the University of Fine Arts, organized a gallery, and continued with his projects. Participants will have a chance to hear from him about the 1960s and 1970s. He will also show documentary recordings of his happenings.

The seminar offers an introduction to the major trends in the theory of sub-culture and an overview of the main developments in East-Central Europe from the 1960s to the post-communist transition. It focuses on the alternative musical scene in the sense of a Gesamtkunstwerk, i.e. analyzing its complex linkages to other art branches, especially alternative theatre and performance art, film and literature.