Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists


Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists

Asemic writing for mail-artists

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Spontaneous Asemics

Started by Carien van Hest. Last reply by Jan Hodgman on Wednesday. 17 Replies

I am curious how members view the phenomenon of spontaneous asemics and if they ever experience something like I did this afternoon. I was tidying my workspace and while lifting a pile of paper I detected marks of ink that got stuck to the plastic…Continue

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

Started by De Villo Sloan. Last reply by Francis Lammé Dec 9, 2020. 166 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

font creator program

Started by Mail Art Martha. Last reply by Francis Lammé Aug 24, 2020. 2 Replies

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

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

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Comment by Jan Hodgman on August 2, 2020 at 5:49am

A mighty whistle for WHISTLE   !!!!!!!!!

Thanks so much for this super compendium of colab aseic artworks!

Inspiring, enlivening. Yes!

Comment by Jenn Miltenberger on August 2, 2020 at 4:10am

I have no idea why it took me so long to find this group. 

Comment by Bradford on July 27, 2020 at 9:49pm

Great link/article!  Thanks for posting that.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on July 27, 2020 at 9:29pm

Word-for-Word an online zine has posted "Beyond the Wall: Visual Writing Exhibit" curated by Tom Hibbard (Wisconsin, USA).

Tom Hibbard writes a lot about "visual writing" and writers and artists who are in our group! He is very supportive of vispo in the mail art world. A look at the exhibit can be really informative in terms of seeing methods the various visual poets use.

(SSP Shameless Self-Promotion trigger ahead!) Tom included me in the exhibit, I'm not worthy etc. 

Comment by De Villo Sloan on July 27, 2020 at 9:23pm

Thanks Bradford! I just used a Blogger background for AF2. I looked hard and found no title?

And no question Rosaire Appel is consciously referencing intelligence & legal erasure of documents.

Now, I contend in my "Deconstructive Asemics" about Ficus Strangulensis no lest that extremely distorted and/or cut-up text can be viewed as asemic.

Making texts unreadable (why would someone bother?) can be seen as asemic composition. Purists are probably going to stick with calligraphy as the mode for creating asemics. But I see so much of this text distortion in asemics that I think it should be mentioned.

Thanks again, Bradford

Comment by Bradford on July 26, 2020 at 1:49am

Thanks for posting this set of reviews this afternoon.  As usual, they are all succinct, yet expository.

One work resembled me, There’s No Telling What, in that my method of taking released documents of formerly "SECRET" or "TOP SECRET" classification and working them for a visual effect, if not 100% asemic.  

BTW, your page background is an amazing library of non-lettered spines with only one undecipherable exception.


Comment by De Villo Sloan on July 25, 2020 at 7:47pm

Thank you for the posts and welcome to new members.

I have posted four book reviews at Asemic Front 2. Books are by John M. Bennett (group member), Rebecca Resinski (group member), Rosaire Appel and May Bery. There are vispo-asemic books.

Comment by Mark Rossmiller, Ph.D. on July 23, 2020 at 2:48am

Comment by Alan Brignull on July 20, 2020 at 1:48pm

Found asemics, road repairs or Arabic graffiti?

Comment by De Villo Sloan on July 15, 2020 at 7:04pm

Thanks for sharing, Bradford!

My collabs with Kristine Snodgrass have been published in book form. I'm sending copies to mail art friends, especially the members of our pioneering IUOMA asemic group (but also just swell & cool folks like Bradford).

And in the spirit of SSP (Shameless Self Promotion) we know here at IOU-MA: Copies can be purchased via Amazon.

BUT I WOULD MUCH RATHER GIVE THEM TO MA FRIENDS. If you have not received a copy of "Whistle" and are interested in having one (as mail art thus no charge) send me a message back stage. (While they last)


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