Archivi tag: asemics

here’s the rawcrudedirty punk low-res >̷̪͋̀̐)̴̦̩͎̲̐͋=̷̡͕̘̊”̶͌̊”̶̜͌̊̔̚(̸̣͓̇͝)̵̟̒͆̿͋=̴̡̛͕͚͉͋̀̈́(̶̦̝̪͈́≠̻̦͋̒<̷̨̢͔̒̽̉͘͘ video (differx. 2022)

— the low-res low-fi punk & loose video of the first asemic event ever.
facebook broadcast Jan 8th, 2022, h. 5:30pm, Italy, Rome —
by differx :

(Take note: the actual event was the event, the video is not the event, it’s only a raw trace, a ruin, a remain —sprayed with random lines)

The facebook event was at
Slowforward announcement was at

punkasemic images & noises by differx
(CC) 2022 differx


sveglia #8: muta imago (sveglia, muta) (!) about “de natura sonorum” & asemics & electronic lit / differx. 2021

sveglia #8: muta imago (sveglia, muta) (!)
about DE NATURA SONORUM & asemics & electronic lit

19 dicembre, ore 17:00
Horti 14, via san Francesco di Sales 14 (ex Teatro degli Artisti)
Incontro con Marco Giovenale – sull’Asemic writing
a seguire:
Incontro con Fabrizio Venerandi – su Suoni che cambiano

termites’ abstrasemics / fabio orecchini. 2021

abstract + asemics. installazioni @ I fumi della fornace (Valle Cascia, agosto 2021)

domani a lucca, micromostra_ differx’ asemics

questo e altro, a Lucca, dal pomeriggio di domenica 20 giugno @ Borda!Fest – Xtraborda! Settima Edizione. nel parco di fronte al Foro Boario, dalle 17 circa.

grazie a BORDA Fest – Produzioni Sotterranee


the idea of a “transition strategy” / differx — 11 apr 2021

Rosaire Appel, Listening is a way of walking

Rosaire Appel, Listening is a way of walking

Rosaire Appel: “asemic writing is also a way of leaping forward into territory not yet conceptualized… a transition strategy perhaps” (Jun 10, 2011, post to the ASEMIC Google Group, now @

I really like Rosaire Appel’s idea of a “transition strategy”.

Often the signs of an ongoing research are not covered nor coded nor represented by any known “language”. They actually build-and-deconstruct some kind of new (non)language.

And it seems to me that our definitions often fail to grasp the flickering borders of the asemic land. It seems like we are (happily) dealing with aesthetics, rather than linguistics.

More. (And incidentally:) I ask myself: do we absolutely need definitions? Or do definitions & theory rather belong exactly to the territory we are just flying away from?

Tim gaze : “asemic writing says what I cannot say in words” (from a text in the muse apprentice guild).


of course the asemic is absurd / jim leftwich. 2021

If I am writing about the word “asemic”, I am thinking about patience and persistence. I am thinking about failure as a source of energy, as that which keeps an absurdist idea of enlightenment alive and almost thriving. Standing in the absurd center of the asemic universe, we are surrounded by unexamined exits and entrances, unexplored starting-points, multiple escape-routes leading out in all directions. 
We need to synchronize our watches, then throw them all away. We need to get on the same page of the same map-book, then throw all the maps away. We need to set our compasses, and throw them away. We must promise each other to get together, at some unspecified time and place, later in our lives, to define our terms and make public our consensus definitions. Until then, we have some exploring to do, some making and some thinking, some reading and some writing.
Tim Gaze wrote, in an email responding to my recent texts (05.21.2021), that “asemic is an absolute state, whereas desemantizing is a process or matter of degree”.
He also wrote in the same email that he “consciously let go of asemic writing several years back”.
On January 27, 1998, I wrote to Tim, saying “the asemic text would seem to be an ideal, an impossibility, but possibly worth pursuing for just that reason.”
Desemantized writing is not an ideal, is not an impossibility. It is a very specific kind of writing, produced for very specific reasons. To desemantize writing is to intentionally make it less readable, less capable of participating in the language-game of giving information. 
We might aspire to the absolute state of asemic writing, producing beautiful and/or provocative failures in our quest, but we achieve desematized writing, to one degree or another, whenever we choose to do so.
In response to my recent texts, John M. Bennett wrote (05.20.2021) “i like ‘desemanticized’ better than ‘asemic’ myself; the latter term was always a bit misleading, even downright wrong sometimes, I thought; except perhaps in a few situations…”
In the late 1990s, “asemic” was not the word I wanted or needed, but it was the best I had at the time. For the past 20 years or so I have been exploring alternatives to the word “asemic”. For now, and for my purposes (which are not necessarily the same purposes as those of some likely readers of this text), “desemantized” (or “desemanticized”) is an improvement, a step in the right direction. It is a provisional solution to a problem.
These days, the term “asemic writing” is very widely used, and is surely in no danger of being discarded or replaced. My thoughts about the term “desemantized writing” will circulate, if at all, within the context of the global asemic writing community. As I write this, in the late spring of 2021, the theory and practice of asemic writing are not in any sense dead, the possibilities have not been exhausted. The Sisyphean struggle to attain the absolute state of asemic writing, absurd though it may be, continues to yield moments of existential fulfillment, and perhaps every now and then even a kind of happiness. 
My hope for my recent writings is that they might invigorate an increasingly faceted vision of the world of all things asemic.

jim leftwich, may 2021

installance #0156: asemics on plastic hook

installance n. : # 0156
type : asemic writing on a plastic hook
size : ~ cm 5,2 x 1,5
records : highres shot
additional notes : abandoned
date : May 13th, 2021
time : 5:57pm
place : Rome, via di Donna Olimpia
footnote : ---
copyright : (CC) 2021 differx

bio as an artist (in english & italian)


post-asemic press sound poetry

Post-Asemic Press is a book publisher of asemic writing and beyond. It is based out of Minneapolis and is run by Michael Jacobson. The Bandcamp site will be for sonic works of sound poetry and experimental poetry and other related forms. Here is the Post-Asemic Press blog:


“scrivere disegnando”: a review by irène languin @

here the review:

here the exhibit:











asemic art expo: dal 6 giugno a mogliano veneto

ologramma, di squadrito-leftwich, in versione corretta

Per un errore di caricamento, il post di “Ologramma”, testo di Tommasina Squadrito e Jim Leftwich, compariva su slowforward qualche tempo fa con un problema di impaginazione, ora risolto. Scusandomi per l’inconveniente con gli autori, invito a leggere il file corretto e ripristinato, qui: oppure qui:

recensioni recenti a “scrivere disegnando” (ginevra) + proroga della mostra

Quand la langue cherche son autre
@ Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève

it will be open until the 23rd of August

Curators : Andrea Bellini and Sarah Lombardi
Section documentaire : Sara De Chiara
Programme public : Étudiant·e·s Work.Master de la HEAD – Genève
avec la complicité de Pierre Leguillon, artiste et enseignant

En collaboration avec la Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

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two recent reviews:

Daniel Horn @ Artforum

Harry Burke @ Frieze

& more:

Alexia Lanta Maestrati @ Le Journal des Arts

Ginevra Bria @ domus

Andrea Cortellessa @ doppiozero

Riccardo Venturi @ Flash Art

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