Mail-art by IUOMA member Jan Hodgman (Anacortes, Washington, USA)
November 10, 2014 - I am assuming this beautiful postcard-size work by Jan Hodgman is asemic-vispo. She is a thoughtful and interested member of the asemic writing group at the IUOMA. Her inclusion of a binary system (one and zero) immediately caught my eye. (There is also a larger glyph present.)
The asemic syntax book project that some members participated in was directly related to this interest in structures beyond individual symbols. It was interesting how some of the artists believed syntax could not exist independent of meaning. In fact, I once had a very interesting discussion with Guido Vermeulen about the relationship of codes to asemic writing. Guido was very interested in the idea. The consensus was, if I recall, that a code that can be “cracked” is not asemic. Something that appears to be a code or uses elements of a code but is ultimately incomprehensible is asemic.
I greatly appreciate this work from Jan Hodgman (1) because it is such a beautiful piece of mail-art and (2) because it compels me to meditate upon the nature of language. I doubt I will be able to find any old work from 1480 AD, but I will be sure to send something in reply.