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“asemic” in the cambridge dictionary — 30 mar 2021

This image actually means good news.

Usually the adjective “asemic” (=signless) was linked by some dictionaries to “asemia” as a pathologic failure consisting in an inability to comprehend or express words, gestures or sounds. It was not related to the idea of ‘asemic writing’.

So, …after twenty years of asemic writing movement, this ‘Cambridge turn of events’ looks like a great achievement.

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When the first (self-aware) asemic writing mags, sites, books and series started their journey, more than 20 years ago, the actual meaning of “a-semia” ( = a radical “absence of sign”, not an absence of semantic meaning) risked to put aside the very idea which grounded the practice of asemic writing.

On the contrary, now it seems that the use of the word “asemic” is better perceived as referred to an artistic practice, not a pathology. (according to Cambridge, at least).

[r] _ semplicità delle sibille e della poesia concreta e visiva

   
stante il superamento di molte necessità tipografiche, e considerando la diffusione delle stampanti a basso costo, e le tecnologie legate alla riproduzione e diffusione delle immagini attraverso rete e dispositivi cellulari, un testo visivo può vivere grazie alla semplice addizione: matita + carta + ‘moltiplicatore’ elettronico.
il moltiplicatore può essere un cellulare, una webcam, uno scanner, una macchina fotografica digitale. la diffusione è data da una connessione web, o da una stampante. da una fotocopiatrice. eccetera.
e: di fatto la persistenza del testo – o della traccia – è perfino esterna alla sua registrazione e archiviazione. la sua indipendenza dai ‘mezzi’ è già scritta nell’ordine delle cose.

 

il semplice incontro con la traccia da parte di un osservatore è un altro segmento di vita della traccia, aggiunto.
  

i. 0104, untitled (asemic piece)

 

   



installance n. : # 0104
type : asemic text
size : cm 1 x 4
record : lowres shot
additional notes : abandoned
date : Apr. 28th, 2015
time : 2:06pm
place : Bologna, via Indipendenza

i. 0103, untitled (asemic piece)

  

   



installance n. : # 0103
type : asemic text
size : cm 10.5 x 13
record : lowres shot
additional notes : abandoned
date : Mar. 7th, 2015
time : 11:06am
place : Rome, via Carlo Porta

i.0102, merzbau

installance n. : # 0102

type : merzbau
size : unknown
record : lowres shot
additional notes : abandoned
date : Jan. 10th, 2015
time : 1:52pm
place : Rome, via D. Cerquetti

  

i.0101, note from the "asemic encyclopaedia"

untitled

installance n. : # 0101
type : asemic text
size : approx. cm 7 x 10
record : lowres shot
additional notes : abandoned
date : Jan. 5th, 2015
time : 7:07pm
place : Rome, via di Monteverde

i.0100, untitled

untitled

installance n. : # 0100
type : asemic text
size : approx. cm 10 x 13.5
record : lowres shot
additional notes : abandoned
date : Dec. 16th, 2014
time : 4:26 pm
place : Rome, via Francesco Berni

i.0099. untitled

untitled
installance n. : # 0099
type : asemic text in green
ink on tiny paper fragment
size : unknown
record : see photo
additional notes : lost
date : unknown
time : unknown
place : unknown place in Rome

i.0098, untitled

untitled
installance n. : # 0098
type : asemic text
size : approx. cm 10 x 13.5
record : lowres shot
additional notes : abandoned
date : Aug. 28th, 2014
time : 4:54 pm
place : Rome, via di Monteverde

i.0097, untitled

untitled


installance n. : # 0097
type : asemic text
on green fragment
size : approx. cm 3 x 0.8
record : see photo
additional notes : lost
date : Aug. 27th, 2014
time : unknown
place : unknown place in Rome

i.0096, untitled

untitled
installance n. : # 0096
type : asemic text
size : approx. cm 10×13
record : lowres shot
additional notes : abandoned
date : Aug. 22nd, 2014
time : 4:39 pm
place : Rome, via Volsinio

i.0095, untitled ("do not")

untitled
(“do not”)
installance n. : # 0095
type : asemic / non-asemic message
size : approx. cm 6.5 x 10
record : lowres shot
additional notes : abandoned
date : Aug. 21st, 2014
time : 3:34 pm
place : Rome, via Ingrassia

i.0094, untitled (deaf defiant reading device)

untitled
(“deaf defiant reading device”)
  installance n. : # 0094
  type : paper fragment with   words on it
  size : unknown
  record : lowres shot
  additional notes : abandoned
  date : Jul. 14th, 2014
  time : 10:20 am
  place : Rome, via di Monteverde
  

i.0093, untitled (drawing)

untitled
(drawing)
 
  installance n. : # 0093
  type : drawing
  size : cm 14.7 x 10.5
  record : bad lowres shot
  additional notes : abandoned
  date : Jul. 8th, 2014
  time : 7:30 pm
  place : Rome, via D. Cerquetti