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Styles of asemic writing[ edit ] An example of Zhang Xu's calligraphy Asemic writing exists in many different forms. 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.
The key to asemic writing is that even though it is traditionally "unreadable" it still maintains a strong attractive appeal to the reader's eye. Various asemic writing includes pictogramsor ideograms the meanings of which are sometimes suggested by their shapes, though it may also flow as an abstract expressionist scribble which resembles writing but avoids words.
Asemic writing, at times, exists as a conception or shadow of conventional writing practices.
Reflecting writing, but not completely existing as a traditional writing system, asemic writing seeks to make the reader hover in a state between reading and looking.
The form of art is still writing, often calligraphic in form, and either depends on a reader's sense and knowledge of writing systems for it to make sense,  or can be understood through aesthetic intuition. Relative asemic writing is a natural writing system that can be read by some people but not by everyone e.
Most asemic writing lies between these two extremes. But instead of being thought of as mimicry of preliterate expression, asemic writing may be considered to be a global postliterate style of writing that uses all forms of creativity for inspiration.
Other influences on asemic writing are alien languages in science fictionartistic languagessigils magickundeciphered scriptsand graffiti.
History[ edit ] Newsletter from Mirtha Dermisache  Asemic writing occurs in avant-garde literature and art with strong roots in the earliest forms of writing. The history of today's asemic movement stems from two Chinese calligraphers: During the 18th century the Irish author Laurence Sterne included asemic lines in his novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlemanadding the graphic device to help tell the story "in a tolerably straight line".
In the s Man Raywho was influenced by Dadacreated an early work of wordless writing with his poem ParisMaiwhich is nothing more than dashes on a page. Later in the s, Henri Michauxwho was influenced by Asian calligraphy, Surrealismand Automatic writingbegan to create wordless works such as Alphabet and Narration The writer and artist Wassily Kandinsky was an early precursor to asemic writing, with his linear piece Indian Story exemplifying complete textual abstraction.
Mira Schendel was an artist from Brazil who created many illegible works over the course of her life, for example her piece Archaic Writing Mirtha Dermisache is another writer who had created asemic writing since the s.
The Illegal Practice Of Astronomy: Serafini described the script of the Codex as asemic in a talk at the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles held on May 8, One exhibition of this type was held in Xi'an infeaturing paintings of fake ideograms on a massive scale.
Calligraphy-ism is an aesthetic movement that aims to develop calligraphy into an abstract art. The characters do not need to retain their traditional forms or be legible as words. In Vietnam during the s a calligraphy group called the Zenei Gang of Five appeared. To be without words is saying nothing and saying everything.
Specialized publications[ edit ] saw the release of An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting Uitgeverijwhich has over a hundred artists represented from many corners of the world.
Visual Poetry Fantagraphics Group exhibits of asemic writing have occurred in bricks and mortar art galleries in Australia Russia Malta Mexico Spain Italy and the United States.
As a creator of asemics, I consider myself an explorer and a global storyteller. Asemic art, after all, represents a kind of language that's universal and lodged deep within our unconscious minds.
Regardless of language identity, each human's initial attempts to create written language look very similar and, often, quite asemic. In this way, asemic art can serve as a sort of common language—albeit an abstract, post-literate one—that we can use to understand one another regardless of background or nationality.
For all its limping-functionality, semantic language all too often divides and asymmetrically empowers while asemic texts can't help but put people of all literacy-levels and identities on equal footing.
You would think that this must be some kind of ultimate literary frontier, a frozen Antarctica of writing entirely devoid of literary content, but I wonder. Maybe nanoasemic writing inscribed with atomic force microscopes by Artificial Intelligences. The script in Luigi Serafini 's Codex Seraphinianus was confirmed by the author to have no occult meaning.Handwriting for kids.
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Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means "having no specific semantic content", or "without the smallest unit of meaning". With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret.
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