StAuby Tamás, 1969
“Bricks that Czech artist Tamás St. Turba painted to look like radios during the repression that followed the Prague Spring uprising of 1968. The bricks were intended to weigh down the Czech police who confiscated anything defined as a radio.” – Lynn Zelevansky
When a military decree prohibited the people from listening to the radio, a recipe was invented, and since it did not request talent, skill, knowledge, mastership, virtuosity, etc., anybody could make it in the sense of Fluxus, many people realized it: “Listen to a newspaper-covered brick on the street!”. So, the soldiers confiscated thousands of this non-art-art pieces all around the country.
The Czechoslovak Radio 1968 was made in 1969 following the original recipe slightly changed to a portable memorial against war as homage to the natural inventiveness of the people: “Listen to a sulphur-covered brick on the street!”. It is an unlimited multiple, I made several of them occasionally during the following years. (I don’t know if it was made later by someone else also.)
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Csehszlovák rádió 1968 gyár, 2008
(Fotó Szentjóby Tamástól)