Asemic Writing

Asemic Writing

What is Asemic writing?

Asemic writing is a galaxy-sized style of writing, which is everywhere yet remains largely unknown. For human observers, asemic writing may appear as lightning from a storm, a crack in the sidewalk, or the tail of a comet. But despite these observations, asemic writing is not everything: it is just an essential component, a newborn supernova dropped from a calligrapher's hand. Asemic writing is simultaneously communicating with the past and the future of writing, from the earliest undeciphered writing systems to the xenolinguistics of the stars; it follows a peregrination from the preliterate, beyond the verbal, finally ending in a postliterate condition in which visual language has superseded words.

excerpt from Amazon
Asemic writing Asemic animation
by Tony Burhouse and Michael Jacobson.
  • wordless
  • open
  • semantic
  • a vacuum of meaning
  • reader to fill in and interpret
  • deduce meaning from an abstract work of art
  • Multiple meanings for the same symbolism
  • pictograms or ideograms
  • meanings suggested by their shapes
  • conception of conventional writing practices
  • Reflecting writing
  • make the reader hover
  • in a state between reading and looking
  • unknown languages and forgotten scripts provide templates and platforms
  • True asemic writing = creator cannot read their own asemic writing
  • Relative asemic writing = can be read by some people but not by everyone
  • Influences = illegible, invented, or primal scripts (cave paintings, doodles, children's drawings, etc)
  • uses all forms of creativity for inspiration
  • Other influences = xenolinguistics, artistic languages, sigils (magic), undeciphered scripts, and graffiti
  • records his experiences in calligraphic and palimpsestic code
  • abstract graffiti and art documenting the history and decay of urban places
  • writing syllabics as a way of creating rhythmic patters unlike traditional metric verse
  • trying to lose the influence of eliot, breton and berryman
  • you could say that nature, since time began, has been manifesting asemic writing It just needs a human to see the writing, & recognize it
  • pushed cursive brush calligraphy to the point of illegibility
  • used to get excited after drinking wine, and write exuberant but illegible cursive
  • words of a statement of intent are reduced into an abstract design, and then charged with the energy of one's will
  • personal spirit writing which he could translate by viewing through a glass of water
  • school blackboard on which someone has practiced cursive e's
  • long term accumulation of bathroom graffiti
  • atomized writing down to the letter
  • synthesized writing with visual imagery
  • arcane knowledge, secrets and cryptography, time and timelessness
  • developed a private written language using 366 individual signs or "idiographic ciphers"
  • writes visual stories, not to be confused with graphic novels
  • narratives are anything but linear
  • aking an art that forces you to confront the mystery
  • fascination with signs of all kinds, both real and imaginary
  • intricate beauties of the Arabic calligraphic scripts
  • symbols, glyphs and ciphers drawn from a wide variety of other languages and cultures
  • invention of meaningless, false Chinese ideograms
  • brush to move freely and spontaneously across a desired surface to form curved and wavy patterns
minimalist excerpting from Wikipedia's Asemic Writing