Experimental Multimedia Channel

Visual Poetry and Asemic Writing

Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing.The word asemic means "having no specific semantic content", or "without the smallest unit of meaning".With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret. All of this is similar to the way one would deduce meaning from an abstract work of art. Where asemic writing distinguishes itself among traditions of abstract art is in the asemic author's use of gestural constraint, and the retention of physical characteristics of writing such as lines and symbols. Asemic writing is a hybrid art form that fuses text and image into a unity, and then sets it free to arbitrary subjective interpretations. It may be compared to free writing or writing for its own sake, instead of writing to produce verbal context. The open nature of asemic works allows for meaning to occur across linguistic understanding; an asemic text may be "read" in a similar fashion regardless of the reader's natural language. Multiple meanings for the same symbolism are another possibility for an asemic work, that is, asemic writing can be polysemantic or have zero meaning, infinite meanings, or its meaning can evolve over time. Asemic works leave for the reader to decide how to translate and explore an asemic text; in this sense, the reader becomes co-creator of the asemic work.

Very early on in #theConceptMixtape's development I was lucky to come across Laura Kerr @LauraKerrArt and Richard Biddle @littledeath68  on Twitter and was introduced to the world of visual poetry and asemic writing. They contribute to a world of intricate animations, scrawls and scribbles often of nature and real life, abstract, not always digital tho' I feel the computer is always there, fine art.