Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists


Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists

Asemic writing for mail-artists

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Definition of Asemic Writing - Adapted from Wikipedia

Started by De Villo Sloan. Last reply by Terry Owenby Sep 11, 2017. 11 Replies

Adapted from Wikipedia Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content.” With the nonspecificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to…Continue

Asemic Writing by Sharon Silverman

Started by Sharon Silverman. Last reply by De Villo Sloan Mar 9, 2016. 2 Replies


The Martha Stuart School of Asemic Wallpaper - Start Your Career Today! - Special Discount for Prisoners

Started by De Villo Sloan. Last reply by Ficus strangulensis Jan 20, 2016. 159 Replies

The Martha Stuart School of Asemic WallpaperFounder:Martha StuartAdministration:Katerina Nikoltsou, Dean of AsemicsDiane Keys, Minister of Propaganda, Student AmbassadorSnooker the Amazing Mail-art Dog, Dean of MenDavid Stafford, Dean of WomenDe…Continue

Programs converting Asemic Characters to Truetype fonts

Started by Franis. Last reply by Ficus strangulensis Aug 15, 2015. 1 Reply

Wondering if people in this group have any recommendations for (hopefully free!) programs out there that convert our stunning characters into truetype fonts? (I'm using the 2014 Long-Term-Support version of Ubuntu Linux and Win7 operating systems,…Continue

Tags: design, designing, asemic, making, programs

Hello, Franis... font editors, hopefully free

Started by Ficus strangulensis Aug 15, 2015. 0 Replies

Somewhere in my electronic piling system I've got an old version of the abbyy peoples' font creator/editor but I think I purchased it. They're a group of Russian's and their font and OCR products at least sound very good from reviews on the web. I…Continue

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 24, 2011 at 12:12am

Marie Wintzer in Japan e-mailed me this photo she took yesterday of what she calls an "asemic wall." I think it's cool; I don't think she'll mind if I post it. Please send your positive thoughts to Marie. She's a really fine mail-artist. She's going through some serious trials in Japan. I can't wait to have her back and know she's OK:

Comment by DKULT on March 23, 2011 at 5:41pm
Writing of a dyslexic.  I don't think written language comes naturally to the human brain.  A dyslexic naturally thinks visually in 3D, and I guess asemically!
Comment by DKULT on March 23, 2011 at 5:39pm
That's cool Bruno-love the contrast
Comment by Lesley Magwood Fraser on March 23, 2011 at 12:54pm
I also love this wood/tarmac piece. You obviously have an artists eye to spot such a clever little artwork on the ground! I often take photos of the ground too, sometimes more interesting than the surrounds, my husband thinks I'm crazy......
Comment by John M. Bennett on March 23, 2011 at 12:51am

Nothing is random...


I saw that crushed plywood just like it is in the photo in a parking lot and took a photo of it close up


I was looking for it


and found it

Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 22, 2011 at 11:32pm

That's what I thought too, Bruno. You just have to extend asemics to include haptic and object poetry. It works for me. Isn't Lost & Found Times amazing? John Bennett was doing this stuff before most people in the USA knew it had a name. Back in the day, I was afraid to submit to Lost & Found because I didn't think I was good enough. Probably wasn't.


I thought choosing canzone was interesting for "canzone for plywood." I forgot what the form is in poetry and had to look it up. Like a madrigal, which would mean a heavy use of repetition. Here's from Wikipedia:


Literally "song" in Italian, a canzone (plural: canzoni) (cognate with English to chant) is an Italian or Provençal song or ballad. It is also used to describe a type of lyric which resembles a madrigal. Sometimes a composition which is simple and songlike is designated as a canzone, especially if it is by a non-Italian; a good example is the aria "Voi che sapete" from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.

The term canzone is also used interchangeably with canzona, an important Italian instrumental form of the late 16th and early 17th century. Often works designated as such are canzoni da sonar; these pieces are an important precursor to the sonata. Terminology was lax in the late Renaissance and early Baroque music periods, and what one composer might call "canzoni da sonar" might be termed "canzona" by another, or even "fantasia". In the work of some composers, such as Paolo Quagliati, the terms seem to have had no formal implication at all.

Derived from the Provençal canso, the very lyrical and original Italian canzone consists of 5 to 7 stanzas typically set to music, each stanza resounding the first in rhyme scheme and in number of lines (7 to 20 lines). The canzone is typically hendecasyllabic (11 syllables). The congedo or commiato also forms the pattern of the Provençal tornado, known as the French envoi, addressing the poem itself or directing it to the mission of a character, originally a personage. Originally delivered at the Sicilian court of Emperor Frederick II during the 13th century of the Middle Ages, the lyrical form was later commanded by Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, and leading Renaissance writers such as Spenser (the marriage hymn in his Epithalamion).



Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 22, 2011 at 11:20pm

Hi Bruno, I did call you sometime back. We were reacting to John Bennett's "canzone for plywood." It was along the lines of found material and asemic writing. I think the furor is over. This is John Bennett's piece I pulled up from lower down the stream:

Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 22, 2011 at 5:47pm
Comment by DKULT on March 22, 2011 at 2:10pm
I LOVE THAT eduardo. Book of shadows sounds like a great mail art call. Magic is in the broom of the rider:)
Comment by Eduardo Cardoso on March 22, 2011 at 3:54am
I don't do asemic writing. I write powerful mail art spells... :D

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