On Directing Air #3 / Mutations by Tamás St Auby, the Dispatcher of the International Parallel Union of Telecommunications

Idea: Tamás St Auby, Photo Endré Kovács
In the Frame of On Directing Air

Tamás St.Turba, born in 1944 in Hungary as a Swiss citizen, (also known as Szentjóby, Stjauby, St.Auby, Emmy / Emily Grant, St. Aubsky, T. Taub etc.) is a Non-art artist.
Since the mid 60s St.Turba created a polymorphic body of work; particularly in 1966, together with Gabor Altorjay realized the first Hungarian happening “The Lunch - In memoriam Batu Kan”. In the spirit of intermedial thinking, his practice includes happening, action, environment, poetry, concrete and visual poetry, mail art, object, drawing, photography, film, video and computerized voting among others. In 1968 he founded IPUT (International Parallel Union of Telecommunications) where he now operates as the ‘Trust.ee in bankruptcy’, in 1972, he works on the strike theme, which led in 1974 to the programme Subsist.ence Level St.andard Project 1984 W – Make a Chair! He was arrested for participating in the samizdat-movement in 1974 and expatriated in 1975. In Geneva, he continued to develop the SLSP1984W. As from 1980, he organised several non-art art strikes. In 1991, he returned to Budapest, where he became a lecturer in the Hungarian Military Punishment Executive Fine Art University’s Intermedia Crèche where he was kicked off in 2013 after preaching for Direct Democracy during 21 years waiting in vain. In 2001 St.Turba founded the Neo-Socialist. Realist. IPUT’s Global Counter-Arthist.ory-Falsifiers Front (NETRAF), in whose name he digitalised ca. 1,100 little- or unknown artworks made in Hungary dating between 1956 and 1976 – banned or neglected by the state at the time of production – in order to present them in the Portable Intelligence Increase Museum.