“ESCRIBAS – International Exhibition of Asemic Writing”
First Tour | FURB | Blumenau (Brasil)
The exhibition ESCRIBAS – I International Exhibition of Asemic Writing, promoted by The Virtual Museum of Visual Poetry in partnership with Instituto Imersão Latina, will be exhibited at the Universidade Regional de Blumenau – FURB. Recently exhibited at UFMG, the show brings together 26 works by artists from 18 countries, in the rare and still little-known language of Asemic Writing, setting up the first international collective exhibition of this modality held in Brazil.
Curated by Tchello d’Barros, a writer with 10 books published and currently living in Rio de Janeiro, the exhibition will be open for visitation between May 15th and 30th, in Bloco A of the FURB Campus 1, with free admission.
ADRIAN DORADO (ARGENTINA) | AYIS KELPEKIS (GREECE) | CHEN LI (CHINA /ITALIA) | CHERYL PENN (SOUTH AFRICA) | DAVE READ (CANADA) | DENIS SMITH (AUSTRALIA) | DONA MAYOORA (INDIA / USA) | ENZO PATTI (ITALIA) | FELICIANO DE MIRA (PORTUGAL) | FERRAN DESTEMPLE (ESPAÑA) | JAIME RGUEZ (ESPAÑA) | JOHN R. MCCONNOCHIE (AUSTRALIA) | KEIGO HARA (JAPAN) | MARCO GIOVENALE (ITALIA) | MIRIAM MIDLEY (ARGENTINA) | MUHAMMAD SHEHZAD MAJEED (PAKISTAN) | NICO VASSILAKIS (USA) | PÉTER ABAJKOVICS (HUNGARY) | ROSAIRE APPEL (USA) | SAMI LIUHTO (FINLAND) | SATU KAIKKONEN (FINLAND) | SERSE LUIGETTI (ITALIA) | STEPHEN NELSON (SCOTLAND) | SVEN STAELENS (BELGIUM) | TCHELLO D’BARROS (BRASIL) | VOLODYMYR BILYK (UKRAINE)
OPENING: Centro Cultural da UFMG | Belo Horizonte (MG) – Março, 2023
1ª TOUR: Saguão do Bloco A na FURB | Blumenau (SC) – Maio, 2023
CALIGRAPHIC POETICS OF ASEMIC WRITING
by Tchello d’Barros*
“Asemic writing seems to be a gigantic, unexplored territory.”
The exhibition ESCRIBAS – I International Exhibition of Asemic Writing presents a collection of creations in images with abstract spellings, in the language that is becoming known as Asemic Writing. The set, made up of creations from different parts of the planet, also reveals the plurality of techniques, materials and supports for the realization of these works that transit between calligraphy, abstraction, engraving, digital art and even Visual Poetry. This show – in it’s first tour after the opening at UFMG – promoted by The Virtual Museum of Visual Poetry in partnership with the Instituto Imersão Latina, presents at the Universidade Regional de Blumenau – FURB, the itinerancy of 26 works by artists from 18 countries, setting up the first international collective exhibition of this modality held in Brazil.
Spontaneously arising in different cultures throughout history, consolidated as an artistic language at the end of the 20th century. XX, the Asemic Writing still very rare, has been gaining visibility, whether with exhibitions, publications, epistemological studies or placement on the Internet. This hybrid art, which transits between word and image, survived the typographic tsunami of the digital age, privileging as expressive manifestations, from handwriting, calligraphic gestures, varied techniques but also creations originated via computer graphics.
The works often consist of invented letters, words that retain calligraphic remnants, sentence fragments that form thought-provoking abstract figures, traces of writing and various experiments. In this decade, it has been configuring a movement that has expanded its network of supporters in all continents. It is an art free from academic labels, institutional immobilization and rigid conceptual limits. Drawing, painting, engraving, collage, digital art and interventions in photographs are just some of the resources present in this type of creations, presented here in a perspective of diversity of styles.
It is said of the works of Asemic Writing, which are purposely emptied of meaning – because they are absent of enunciation or message – which does not prevent them from making sense, from the perception of those who read or see them, since there is a silent dialogue between such contents and the entire lexical and imagery framework of those who immerse themselves in viewing these images.
Theorists of Art in Expanded Field or Expanded Poetry, usually place Asemic Writing in the broad scope of Experimental Poetry. So, provoking reflections on the poetic phenomenon in aspects that strain the limits of language, questioning aesthetic aspects of the hybridity characteristic of contemporary art and stimulating the debate about where the compass of poetic making points in our time, are some of the premises that guided the curatorial process for this show.
*Tchello d’Barros is a writer, visual artist and curator. Master’s student and researcher at UFRJ. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – april 2023
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Visitation: 15 a 30 de maio de 2023
Timetable: monday to friday: 07h to 22h and saturday: 08h to 12h
Location: Saguão do Bloco A – Campus 1 da FURB
Rua Antônio da Veiga, 140. Blumenau, Brazil
UNIVERSIDADE REGIONAL DE BLUMENAU
PRÓ-REITORIA DE PESQUISA, EXTENSÃO, PÓS-GRADUAÇÃO E CULTURA
DIVISÃO DE CULTURA
PROGRAMA DE PÓS GRADUAÇÃO EM EDUCAÇÃO – PPGE
CURSO DE ARTES VISUAIS
PROPEX – PRÓ-REITORIA DE PESQUISA, EXTENSÃO, PÓS-GRADUAÇÃO E CULTURA
Profª. Drª. MICHELE DEBIASI ALBERTON | Pró-Reitora
DIVISÃO DE CULTURA (Produção Local) RUAN RAFAEL ROSA – Coordenação geral
DARLAN JEVAER SCHMITT – Auxiliar
VITOR ANTÔNIO BRUCKMANN – Estagiário
CURSO DE ARTES VISUAIS | PPGEE
Profª. Drª. CARLA CARVALHO | Coord. Mediação
PROJETO ARTE NA ESCOLA | GPAEE
(Montagem e Mediação)
EDUARDO MARECHAS – JOSÉ INÁCIO SPERBER
JÚLIA BABEL – MARIA EDUARDA NUNES GRAF
INSTITUTO IMERSÃO LATINA
BRENDA MARQUES PENA | Parceria Institucional
IARA ABREU | Reserva técnica / Acervo
THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF VISUAL POETRY
TCHELLO D’BARROS | Curador
COMUNICAÇÃO e DESIGN GRÁFICO | Instituto Cultural Tchello D’barros
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– Grupo de Pesquisa Arte e Educação | FURB
– Cultura FURB
– Instituto Cultural Imersão Latina
– The Virtual Museum of Visual Poetry
– Tchello d’Barros