Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists


Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists

Asemic writing for mail-artists

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font creator program

Started by Mail Art Martha. Last reply by Alan Brignull Apr 29. 1 Reply

Hi I am new here because by chance I saw your question. I have used Fontographer to create my own fonts from drawings and it is easy and free. It will work with W7, I think. You need a painting /graphic program to create tiny drawings of each…Continue

Definition of Asemic Writing - Adapted from Wikipedia

Started by De Villo Sloan. Last reply by david-baptiste chirot Feb 18, 2019. 12 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

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 Oct 13, 2018. 164 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

Personal shorthand jazz writings with words.

Started by Bill Newbold. Last reply by Ficus strangulensis Oct 13, 2018. 2 Replies

Can ideas like this be included in the asemic type of development?Jazzy script in a kind of shorthand notation?Continue

The Push and Pull of Graffiti

Started by Sharon Silverman Apr 3, 2018. 0 Replies

I am always fascinated by the art that develops when the Graffiti Artist tags a blank space and the person who hates Graffiti covers it up ...Tag - Cover-up , Tag - Cover-up etc...Continue

Programs converting Asemic Characters to Truetype fonts

Started by Franis. Last reply by Ficus strangulensis Mar 28, 2018. 2 Replies

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

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 18, 2011 at 12:45am
You think you are?
Comment by cheryl penn on March 18, 2011 at 12:05am
Bruno - good luck with the exhibition - excellent! No, will not forget you are Portuguese :-) A collective of asemic works - also sounds great - will be thinking about that for next year.  Marcela - you do GREAT!!! DVS - you think, therefore you are - its part of your abiding charm :-)
Comment by Marcela Peral on March 16, 2011 at 4:42pm
Great discussion!!! I´ll must re-think about asemic... I´m learning a lot!!! Thank you guys... I´m sorry my english is not good enough to put in words some ideas... I must think a lot before writting an sometimes must look for the dictionary :(
Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 16, 2011 at 3:54pm
"symbols are shaped by the presence or absence of some sort of matter" GREAT ONE Bruno - I'll save it for the manifesto ;))) Cheryl, Ok, were not sending any of this to The Ministry of Truth - I'm relieved. Personal opinions? I don't know, man. Collective opinions? I don't know, man. I'll take your advice and try to stop thinking all together.
Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 16, 2011 at 1:13pm

Thanks for the response Cheryl. BTW - Eduardo Cardoso's recent post is great too. Is there anything that guy can't do?


With this group - we're starting with established definitions of asemic writing and practices. Rules are made to broken. Given the people we have here, I would expect no less than totally new directions and re-framing of what's gone before. So the more ideas and points of view, the better, IMHO.

Comment by cheryl penn on March 16, 2011 at 11:41am
P.S. Bruno - yes, great point. Katerina - when I look at some of your Greek letters - yes, to me, they look wonderfully asemic. The environment, yes, a constant source of inspiration. After your comments btw DVS - I am SO rethinking asemics - so great - thanks :-)
Comment by cheryl penn on March 16, 2011 at 11:28am
Hey De Villo - NO value judgements - no, not from you :-) just floating opinions (all of us) until we EACH find a comfortable postition??? I'm all for disuccsion by the way - AND NOT too much thinking before posting - sometimes the best ideas are the first ones? The ones that immediately spring to mind? So, good for you :-) So, no I dont think its about making value judgements at all, but personal opinions - thats allowed! In an open forum, amongst friends, being able to agree to disagree - that great! Thats the POINT of debate. Academics? We have gone backwards and forwards about that :-)
Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 16, 2011 at 11:09am

Great discussion! Y'all are sharp and I need to think before I post.


OMG! - I am not trying to do another Sandpo with the New Wave moniker. I was looking at some New Wave cinema stuff - classic Jean Luc Goddard so I carelessly threw the term in some things I wrote yesterday. It's a gross misuse of a label. Personally, I won't use it again.


Kat - maybe my retraction of New Wave helps in the exploration of the idea about finding asemic inspiration in ancient texts and objects that were obviously never considered conceptually to be asemic. Going back into history and prehistory to find ideas - let's encourage that. It does make my point about context though. Try this: Re-framing things from the past in the present re-contextualizes them, gives them a new or different meaning.


Bruno - your comments really made me think. Thanks! I see you've done some work with symbols from the natural world yourself. I still think this area is fair game because when you look at glyphs, alphabets, etc. many symbol forms are derived from shapes that appear in the environment. I can certainly see contemporary asemic writers looking at their environments for forms too.


Bruno - the Gordon Matta Clark comparison to John Bennett's post works for me. John posted a photo - maybe it's also the idea of using photos that aren't highly manipulated in the asemic arena - asemic photography? - I think that aspect opens possibilities too.


Bruno - My comparison of John Bennett's work to a urinal in an art museum is misguided and overly dramatic. This post gets longer and longer as I retract just about everything I said.


Cheryl, you know me, I don't want to run the risk of interjecting academic categorization into this. I can be guilty of that. I certainly don't want to contribute to a position of making value judgments about what is or isn't asemic. 


I also would hope to contribute to discussion wherever it goes. I don't think healthy debate and different points of view contribute to discord at all.


You know - I find this found/randomness thing is probably the biggest bone of contention among avant people today. You can pull together groups. Everyone agrees on everything - until the found art thing comes up, and people start debating with a great deal of passion. I think you just have to allow that people are going to have different stances and respect what they are doing. John Bennett's post actually made me think of David Chirot - so much of what he does involves taking images from the urban landscape.


Well. I can't spam this stream any more. Thanks for the thought-provoking posts.

Comment by cheryl penn on March 16, 2011 at 4:14am
New Wave Asemic Writers - I think you  had better OWN that one! It will appear in literature about asemics in the future BUT???? Will have to think about the postings, are they asemics??? Same as the Phaistos disk - is it asemic? I am not persuaded. I can feel the brewings of discordant rumblings here :-))
Comment by Eduardo Cardoso on March 16, 2011 at 4:02am

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