PRINT January 1984


This project is an element from a work in process meant to become a new book about Tinguely, an enlarged version of my book Méta which came out in 1972.

Pontus Hultén

The project consists of questions posed by Pontus Hultén to Jean Tinguely, with Tinguely’s replies. The result is partly a discourse, partly an art-object. A translation is provided at the end which aims only at conveying literal sense; where sense seemed difficult it has been left so. Certain passages which were not replies per se—including several of Tinguely’s “word-constructions” and a previously published printed statement by Tinguely—have not been translated. The first of a series of puns or portmanteau expressions by Tinguely has been “translated” (his “reponces” or “res-pounces” to Hulten’s questions); others have been left for the reader to find. (For example, how many ways can one read the interlinear answers to

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