6-9 July 1972 - “DIRECT WEEK” exhibition, events (organized by Gyula Pauer and Tamás Szentjóby). Participants: László Beke, Miklós Erdély, Gyula Gulyás, Miklós Haraszti, László Haris, Ágnes Háy, Tamás Hencze, Péter Lajtai, Péter Legéndy, József V. Molnár , Gyula Pauer, Margit Rajczi, Tamás Szentjóby, Endre Tót. [snapshots: 1, 2]

László Beke: Diary of Chance

“[...] I have been systematically studying coincidence since 1972 motivated by the following story:
One summer day I and a friend of mine decided to drive to Balatonboglár, situated about 130 kilometres from Budapest. My friend’s son set off by bike at 5 a.m. and after a long delay we eventually set off around 10 a.m.
About 90 kilometres from Budapest, where the motorway intersects the by-pass road, I caught sight of my friend’s son from the car who was crossing the viaduct intersecting the motorway right in front of us.
From this point onwards, I precisely noted down every coincidence I experienced in a ‘Diary of chance’. Although the cases I recorded differ in regard to the extent of their documentability, some generalisations can be made about them. They can be divided into specific types (meetings, finding lost objects, accidental telephone connections, escapes, unexpected solutions to problems, coincidence between what one reads and what happens in real life, sequences of accidental events, etc.); the various cases can be evaluated in regard to the possibility of their occurrence, their possible positive or negative outcomes, etc.”
(László Beke, manuscript, s.d.)

works presented at the exhibition:

Miklós Erdély: Brushwood is the Proletarian of Fuel
Péter Legéndy: Plum-dumpling - Notice of Appeal Form
Gyula Pauer: Sculpture - Marx-Lenin - Mobile Project - Pseudo ad
Tamás Szentjóby: Exclusion exercise. Punishment-preventive Autotherapy
Tamás Szentjóby: Conflagration model
Endre Tót's telegramm and letter

8 July 1972 - In the course of the program “DIRECT WEEK” performances, actions and events are held by the participants of the “Avant-garde Festival” banned in Budapest.