Chomsky Generative Grammar Public Poem, Brussels 1972

Alain Arias-Misson


Mixed Media, 3 x ( 32 x 110 cm ).

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0448).

'Inspired by Chomsky, grammarian and political theorist, I wanted to show how the deep grammar of a street sentence could be labelled like a written sentence. Glueing human-sized grammatical symbols down a street, I framed bank, stores, people, police, illustrating that in a "deep" reading "people" was the direct object and not the subject they supposed, "commerce" was the verb qualified by the adverb "police", the subject an abstract noun "money" etc. I was astonished by the attitude of the Belgians; (...) my fellow citizens averted their gaze as from something faintly indecorous.' - Alain Arias-Misson

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