Archivi tag: asemics

cecelia chapman: “selected works” [asemics, drawings]

on some hypothetical categories of asemic writing / marco giovenale. 2022

Perhaps it is possible, in the field of asemic writing, to distinguish a few —completely hypothetical— categories. I insist that these are mere hypotheses, and that I am not interested in structuring a rigorous theory.

We have (1) concrete asemic writing when only the asemic glyphs and calligraphy, only the asemic letters and sentences are present on the page. No images, no colors.
We can also say asemicrete, a term coined by Michael Jacobson.

We can say we have (2) visual asemic writing when we see the asemic symbols are intertwined, superimposed or when they —in any other way— simply share the page with abstract or realistic images.

We have (3) glitchasemics when an asemic text is evidently disturbed by some kind of glitch: it may even be severely disturbed, but not so much as to make the asemic part completely disappear.

We can say we have (4) abstrasemics when an abstract drawing or image turns itself into something resembling an illegible text, an asemic piece. Or, on the contrary, when a fragment of asemic writing gradually loses any vaguely linguistic aspect and is transformed into an abstract image.

Post scriptum.
At the same time, there are examples of works that marginalize —or do not include at all— an asemic aspect, and I would refer to them as: abstract or realistic paintings (pictorial works, photographs etc.) weirdly called “asemic writing” by their authors; legible alphabets and texts weirdly called “asemic writing” by their authors; monotonous decorations that would hardly be taken for words or sentences.




asemic writing and pareidolia / jim leftwich. 2022

For practitioners and theorists of asemic writing, the perceptual deviation known as pareidolia is an acquired taste and a developed skill. We train ourselves to see alphabetical shapes where there are none, and then we celebrate our inability to read them. This phenomenon could occupy an entire chapter in the Magickal Absurdities Training Manual: The Ecstasy of Asemic Reading.

Personal Perception Management (PPM) is but one of a great many Existential Self-Help (ESH) methods reinsinuated transmutably in The Training Manual. It is known colloquially among The Asemic AntiMasters as PPMESH — Personal Perception Mesh. The tradition, or parade of asemic saints, involved in transmigrating this alchemy of perception from prehistory into the present, includes William Blake, Arthur Rimbaud, Emily Dickinson, Aldous Huxley, Diane di Prima and Jim Morrison. Cleanse the doors of perception to Illuminate the arrangement of the senses.

Or the arrangement of the world(s) by the senses.

Let’s say I make a sequence of tangled squiggles…
I sound them aloud, slowly singing their shapes…
Through the processes of transcription, transliteration, and apophenia, I arrive at a deliberate mishearing of a segment from a song sung by Jim Morrison:

meatza pocca hero, Esau funk, awe yeh

The world is a poem. Some of us know that. Know it whether we want to or not. The world snuck up on us when we were young, and planted the cosmic poem-seed at the base of our tender brains.

Asemic writing works as a kind of pagan missionary for The Poem.

Asemic writing is a mutagen.

Pareidolia is one of its tools, one of its schools, a side effect, mutual aid, elective affinities, the ace of hearts up its sleeve, one foot on the other side of the grave still kicking at the pricks, reinsinuated and impoxximate.

We see what we want to see. No. That’s not right. Read what Thou Wilt. We see what we need to see. Some realities are more real than others. Asemic writing is useful, as a kind of anti-linguistic self-medication for the perpetually seeking psyche. Pareidolia is a method of ongoing research. It allows us to discover, investigate and explore provisional realities. The worlds of pareidolia are experientially real, and as such are causal agents — in our thinking, and in our actions as they emerge from that thinking.

As an entanglement with the processes of pareidolia, asemic writing functions for the perennially seeking psyche as a way of practicing reality.

is asemic writing true? / jim leftwich. 2022

The most important and interesting characteristic of asemic writing is its absolute resistance to interpretation.

The value of asemic writing lies in its semantic emptiness, and relies on the genuine frustration experienced during a failed attempt at interpretation, meaning-building, the collaborative construction of meanings.

Success in reading asemic writing implies an inauthenticity, either of the writing and it’s author, or of the reading and its perpetrator.

Authentic asemic writing denies all access to success.

The complete and utter, total failure of an attempted reading is the only acceptable measure of success for any particular instance of asemic writing.

So, to iterate — and reiterate:
1. asemic writing lies?
2. asemic writing re-lies?
3. asemic writing imp-lies?

Please refer to your copy of The Magickal Absurdities Training Manual for answers and/or elucidations.

Asemic writing has a dirty secret, hidden, as usual, in plain sight: it is all a pack of lies, and always has been.

Asemic writing is not a dispensary for recreational truths.

Asemic writing is not a dispensary for medicinal truths.

Asemic writing does not participate in the language game of dispensing truths.

We have a choice where the existential ground of asemic writing is concerned: either we admit it’s non-existence, and celebrate it for not existing, or we lie to ourselves and each other about it’s existence, and through the persistence of our collective effort, bring it — lie it — into being, no matter how provisional, damaged, and ephemeral that being may be.

Today, in the summer of 2022, there is no denying the fact that a great many things in our world are identified by one variety or another of the term asemic writing.

That in itself is good.

The concept of asemic is generative and tolerant. Let’s frolic in its wonderland! With our first mind celebrating it’s ludic absurdity, and our second mind practicing the pleasures it offers in opportunities for critical thinking.

“glitchasemics”: 2 years ago

THANKS Michael Jacobson and Post-Asemic Press


stesure asemiche su carta pentagrammata / enzo patti. 2022

bollettino della fondazione atonal, #5 / fabio lapiana. 2022

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materiali asemici di mg/differx nell’archivio sackner @ iowa university

Sibille asemantiche (La camera verde)

la strada non è libera [opera unica]

[folded asemic writing]

[asemic writings]
la data corretta è 2009, non 2008 come indicato sul sito
origine dei materiali (Atto senza attori, con Pietro D’Agostino):

This Is Visual Poetry, cur. Dan Waber, n. 71

Asemic Sibyls (Red Fox Press, collection C’est Mon Dada)


elenco con altri materiali non asemici (testi lineari in italiano e/o inglese):

altri materiali asemici, anche di altri autori:



“asemic sound cycles” by félix-antoine morin [& other/older performances]

Asemic Sound Cycles at Galeri Salihara
April 10, 2022 – April 24, 2022

Asemic Sound Cycles (2022), by Félix-Antoine Morin, is an exhibition specially developed for the Salihara Arts Center (Jakarta, Indonesia). This exhibition consists of a series of graphic scores on polyester film as well as a sound installation in the center of the exhibition space.

Asemic Sound Cycles consists of a series of graphic scores on polyester film as well as a sound installation in the center of the Salihara Gallery.

Félix-Antoine Morin’s graphic scores represent existing musical forms whose basic structures are drawn from his repertoire of compositions. By this process, Morin maps out the metamorphosis of sound phenomena through a rhythmic and poetic graphic expression. He encourages the ambiguity between musical notation and pure pictorial symbolism.

The kinetic sound installation arranged in the center of the space is inspired by the “locked groove” technique, an expression invented by Pierre Schaeffer in the mid 20th century to describe this phenomenon in which the needle of a record player falls indefinitely in the same record groove. In the same way, this sound installation follows a unique circular route. This consists of a microphone that reacts like the needle of a record player on materials and textures arranged throughout the floor.

Asemic Sound Cycles is an exhibition specially developed for the Salihara Arts Center.


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Félix-Antoine Morin’s graphic scores represent existing musical forms whose basic structures are drawn from his repertoire of compositions. Through a syncopated visual construction, by which he instinctively creates new connections between signs, he shifts the initial writing toward material abstraction. Preserving traces of the sound origin, the accumulation of elements gradually transforms each composition into an autonomous language that no longer references music.
By this process, Morin maps out the … [click to read more]


First solo exhibition of Félix-Antoin Morin in Turkey: Asemic Sound Mappings (Feb 19th – Mar 12th, 2022):

[…] The graphic language of the artist does not tend to have a fixed meaning, leaving the interpretation of the works free to the viewer, encouraging the ambiguity between musical notation and pure pictorial poetry. The artworks at the “Asemic Sound Mappings” exhibition display layered elements moving in the void, carrying rhythm to the surface by simultaneously expressing Morin’s musical and pictorial sensibilities […]


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“zone c”, by rosaire appel

ZONE C is a new visual book from artist Rosaire Appel. “The combination of drawings and asemic writing describe a location that alludes to the physical world as much as to realms of thought and emotion. If you know A and B, will you know C? The book contains a lot of noise, second thoughts and revisions. It’s the opposite of calm”.
Available Printed Matter and Amazon

ristampa dell'”enciclopedia asemica” / “asemic encyclopaedia”

Nuova copertina / new cover

Si tratta di essere e di continuare a stare nella parte sbagliata: di essere nel retro, come non si è stancato di ripetere Corrado Costa: il retro della poesia, il retro del discorso, e continuare a sbagliare, a essere (« testoni e cocciuti ») nella parte sbagliata (il retro tace, non dice niente del discorso, è il retro).

It is about being on the wrong side, and staying there. It is about being on the B – side, as Corrado Costa loved to say: the B – side of poetry, the B – side of the discourse, and persisting in the error, « stubborn and pigheaded », always where you shouldn’t be (the flip side is silent, it adds nothing to the conversation, it’s the flip side).

181 scritture, disegni, grafie, materiali asemici di Marco Giovenale fuori testo, a colori e in b/n.
Con introduzione e intervista (in italiano e inglese) all’autore a cura di Giuseppe Garrera. Traduzione di Johanna Bishop.
181 texts, drawings, glyphs, asemic works by Marco Giovenale, col. and b/w. Preface and interview: Giuseppe Garrera. Text: Italian and English (English translation: Johanna Bishop).


Esaurita la prima tiratura, è disponibile la
ristampa dell’Enciclopedia asemica / Asemic Encyclopaedia
(IkonaLíber, 2022)

n.b.: restano solo due copie disponibili della prima edizione. (a prezzo minore rispetto alla nuova). chi desiderasse acquistarle può scrivere all’editore:


accesso temporaneo alla cartella “extrasemics”

In occasione di questo evento, ho chiesto a parecchi artisti di inviare materiali. Alcuni di loro hanno spedito opere ora inserite in questa cartella. Date uno sguardo.
Presto sarà preparato un pdf con una selezione. Per ora è comunque possibile apprezzare l’intera serie di immagini. Non sarà sempre in rete.

On the occasion of this event, I asked for contributions to several artists. Some of them sent works now stored in this folder. Take a look.
Soon a pdf with a selection will be made. As for now, enjoy the whole set of images. It won’t be on line forever.

artisti / artists:

Andrea Astolfi, Levente Bakos, John M. Bennett, May Bery, Francesca Biasetton, Silvia Bordini, Angelo Calandro, Axel Calatayud, Cecelia Chapman, Jeff Crouch+Cecelia Chapman, Pietro D’Agostino+Marco Giovenale, Adelin Donnay, Federico Federici, Steven J. Fowler, Luis Gonzalez Boix, Mariangela Guatteri, Michael Jacobson, Edward Kulemin, Jim Leftwich, Diana Magallon, John McConnochie, Keith McKay, Miriam Midley, Claudio Molina, Michelle Moloney King, Laura Ortiz, Franco Panella, Enzo Patti, Antonio Francesco Perozzi, Mariella Ramondo, Tommasina Bianca Squadrito, Lina Stern, Miron Tee, Cecil Touchon, Paulino Valdelomar.


(C) I file nei folder extrAsemics sono di proprietà esclusiva degli autori. Ne è concessa solo la visione personale. Copie, appropriazione, riuso, editing non autorizzato ecc. sono proibiti.

(C) The files in the extrAsemics folders are an exclusive property of their authors. Only personal vision permitted. Copies, appropriation, re-use, unauthorised editing etc. are forbidden.


asemic translation:

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