Ján Budaj

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Ján Budaj & Dočasná spoločnosť intenzívneho prežívania, from the series The Lunch II, 1978.

Ján Budaj (1952, Bratislava) is a Slovak politician. Before 1989 Budaj was a dissident, co-creator of the independent art movement, publisher of underground publications, collaborator with Charta 77 [Charter 77] and the Polish political opposition. In the 1970s he organized the Dočasná spoločnosť intenzívneho prežívania [Temporary Society of Intense Experiencing, or HDSiP] that pursued conceptual interventions and other forms of public appearances, incorporating elements of improvised theatre and sociology, such as The Week of Fictional Culture in Bratislava. In the 1980s Budaj became an pro-environment activist; he was co-founder of the VPN opposition movement [Verejnosť proti násiliu; Public Against Violence] and one of the leaders of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, leaving art and devoting himself to politics. He served as a deputy to the Slovak Parliament (1998-2002). Budaj is currently leader of the Slovak party Change From Below – Democratic Union, and vice-mayor of Bratislava. (Source)

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Publications
  • 3SD [1981], 2nd ed., samizdat, 1988; repr. in "Samizdatové programové, teoretické a historické texty (výber)", ed. Radislav Matuštík, in Umenie akcie 1965-1989, ed. Zora Rusinová, Bratislava: Slovenská národná galéria, 2001, pp 267-277. (Slovak)
  • editor, Bratislava nahlas, Bratislava: SZOPK, 1988, 62 pp, JPGs. [2] (Slovak)
Literature
  • Zora Rusinová, "Ján Budaj", in Umenie akcie 1965-1989, ed. Zora Rusinová, Bratislava: Slovenská národná galéria, 2001, pp 149-156. (Slovak)
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