It is often created with a pen or brushbut can range from being hand drawn in the sand with a stick and documented by photography or to works on canvaspapercomputer images, and animations.
Michael Jacobson So what exactly is 'asemic' writing? Personally, I think asemic writing is a wordless, open semantic form of writing that is international in its mission. How can writing be wordless, someone may ask. The secret is that asemic writing is a shadow, impression, and abstraction michael jacobson asemic writing art conventional writing.
It uses the constraints of writerly gestures and the full developments of abstract art to divulge its main purpose: The subcultural movement surrounding asemic writing is international because the creators of asemic works live all over the world. It's a global style of writing we are creating, with the creators of asemic works meeting up on the Internet to share our works and exchange ideas.
What does it look like? The forms that asemic writing may take are many, but its main trait is its resemblance to 'traditional' writing—with the distinction of its abandonment of specific semantics, syntax, and communication.
Asemic writing offers meaning by way of aesthetic intuition, and not by verbal expression. It often appears as abstract calligraphy, or as a drawing which resembles writing but avoids words, or if it does have words, the words are generally damaged beyond the point of legibility.
One of the main ways to experience an asemic work is as unreadable, but still attractive to the eye. My point is that—without words, asemic writing is able to relate to all words, colors, and even music, irrespective of the author or the reader's original languages; not all emotions can be expressed with words, and so asemic writing attempts to fill in the void.
Can you tell Asymptote a little about how you got to your present 'asemic' work? I have been creating asemic writing for about 20 years now, but only seriously for the past 15 years. It is now my main form of artistic expression. I learned the word 'asemic' from the Australian poet Tim Gaze and we have been partners-in-crime ever since.
Tim is the calm Buddhist sage of the movement. I am the crazed-astronaut-monk exploring internal-space and cyberspace with the most heavily distorted writing I can muster.
My earliest influences, besides my mother reading to me, were the false writing systems in comics and cartoons. In my teen years and early adult life I read a lot of conventional novels and poetry. Then in my 20s I began to create what at first I called 'alien' writing.
Around this time I also became interested in the history of writing, especially the more visual forms of writing like hieroglyphs and, to be more specific, the generously beautiful Rongorongo script.
I had been a bad conventional writer and a not-so-great painter. I just wasn't very satisfied with my creative work. I was writing a novel about some patients in a hospital who formed a religion around chloroform. I would write a hundred pages and maybe have one good page at the end of the day.
To make a long story short, I began to experiment with lines in my painting and shapes in my writing. Then I had an epiphany; I created a page chapbook with a textual body of newly invented symbols and a glyph for the title. I made a hundred chapbooks on red paper and gave them away at bookstores, tattoo parlors, and record shops.
Feeling successful, I began to work on a longer piece. I can remember where I was: I was sitting by myself making up symbols in a 6 x 9 inch notebook, and some kids came up to me and asked me what I was writing.
I showed them my work. They thought my symbols were "super cool!
This was in Jacobson advocates a form of writing that he calls “asemic writing”—that is, writing with no semantic content. No one stares at a canvas of abstract art expecting to “read” a message. But when a book of asemic writing is presented, some people gripe and blow it .
Michael Jacobson The Giant’s Face. In an interview with Asymptote Journal, artist and poet Michael Jacobson, described asemic writing as “a wordless, open semantic form of writing that is. An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting [Michael Jacobson, Tim Gaze] on urbanagricultureinitiative.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting is the first book-length publication to collect the work of a community of writers on the edges of illegibility. Asemic writing is a galaxy-sized style of writingReviews: 8. A selected list of links to other websites containing innovative & interesting writing.
Michael Jacobson / MK JCBSN at AM No comments: Asemic Art Writing Photo by Lucinda Sherlock Welcome to The New Post-Literate: A Gallery of Asemic Writing. This gallery serves as a base for an international group of artists, writers, readers, and viewers.
I am currently seeking submissions for September Michael Jacobson sent me a print copy of his latest book– front cover above, back cover below– available on Amazon here. This “hand drawn” book took me on a journey into an alien world where the visual art elements of line, texture, and form, cross with legible written script to become asemic writing.