Tamás St.Auby
Antrepo No.3

Born in 1944, Fót. Lives in Budapest.

Tamás St.Auby, also known as Tamás Szentjóby, Tamas Stjóby, Tamas Stauby, Tamas St. Aubsky, Emmy Grant, Emily Grant, Tamas Staub, Tamas Taub and Kurt Schwitters, is a key figure of the Hungarian post avant-garde. In the 1960s St.Auby began his anti-art and poetry experimentations. His artistic activities are complex and multilayered projects in which actions, happenings, poetry, Fluxus and mail-art are intertwined. He spent most of his years of exile in Geneva, where in 1981 he broke ties with the commercial gallery system and proclaimed the Geneva Strike 'against alienation through working' in the field of art.
His 16 mm black and white film, Centaur (1973-75) questions the politics and value of work. Produced by the state-funded Béla Balázs Studio that enabled the production of experimental film, it was immediately banned by the censorship committee. Whilst experimenting with the relationship and discrepancies between sound and image, the film presents a lucid and bitter criticism of social alienation, class relationships and the degradation of labour in a society that has declared adherence to communist values. Documentary sequences shot in various public spaces (sewing factory, bus, industrial hall, office, café, field, dormitory, waiting room) feature everyday people (workers, housewives, farmers, coalmen, and their superiors) as the main protagonists. The documentary footage is combined with a soundtrack comprised of a series of poetic and estranged fragmentary dialogues that appear to be taking place between the protagonists. In what circumstances can radical thought change social conditions? An examination of the possibilities for revolutionising social institutions and collective consciousness is left unresolved, tinted with an overall pessimistic undertone of flagrant exploitation.