Alain Arias-Misson (Brussels, BE, 1936)
Arias-Misson’s family fled to New York at the beginning of World War II. His youth was spent in the United States. Shortly after finishing studies of Greek literature and philosophy at Harvard, he took off for North Africa, next became a refugee from the United States to Spain, refusing to serve in Vietnam, and has since travelled between Italy, Belgium, France and the United States again. At the beginning of the 1960s he pursued his Experimental Poetry in the direction of Visual Poetry, in being in close touch with Carlfrierich Claus in East Germany, Paul De Vree in Belgium, Sylvester Houédard in England. Among his earliest works was a three-dimensional poem – perhaps the first, according to Emmett Williams whom he met in NYC in 1965 – the Permutational Poem. In 1968 he began the series of Public Poems, provocative city actions in which the artist sought to create a synthesis between a poetry of action and writing.