What is Asemic Writing?
Asemic Writing according to poet and asemic writing practitioner Tim Gaze, “is something which looks like a form of writing, but which you can’t read.”
Another practitioner, Michael Jacobson elaborates by saying “…that asemic writing is a shadow, impression, and abstraction of conventional writing.”
“It uses the constraints of writerly gestures and the full developments of abstract art to divulge its main purpose: total freedom beyond literary expression,” he said.
Gaze and Jacobson published a book together called an An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting. 2013
Henri Michaux, Narration (an excerpt) by Henri Michaux 1972
As Jacobson notes: “The forms that asemic writing may take are many, but its main trait is its resemblance to ‘traditional’ writing—with the distinction of its abandonment of specific semantics, syntax, and communication.”
Traditional English writing /calligraphy looks like this…
Asemic writing as an abstract calligraphy
International Forms and Practice
Asemic writing is also international and mimics different languages and to great extent…
Institution: China Art Gallery
Location: Beijing, China
Materials: Mixed media installation / Hand-printed books and scrolls printed from blocks inscribed with ”false” characters.
Book from the Sky is an installation that took Xu Bing over four years to complete. A Book from The Sky is comprised of printed volumes and scrolls containing four thousand ”false” Chinese characters invented by the artist and then painstakingly hand-cut onto wooden printing blocks.