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An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting

eds. Tim Gaze and Michael Jacobson

Published onNov 27, 2021
An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting

An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting

edited by Tim Gaze and Michael Jacobson

Imprint: Uitgeverij

  • ISBN: 978-90-817091-7-0

  • Paperback, 5.25×8 in., B/W, 214pp.

  • Publication date: August 26, 2013

  • Price: $24

  • BISAC: ART003000

  • Thema: WFU

  • Categories: Calligraphy

An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting is the first book-length publication to collect the work of a community of writers on the edges of illegibility. 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from the preliterate, beyond the verbal, finally ending in a postliterate condition in which visual language has superseded words. An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting is compiled and edited by Tim Gaze from Asemic magazine and Michael Jacobson from The New Post-Literate blog.

An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting has contributions by Reed Altemus, mIEKAL aND, Rosaire Appel, Francesco Aprile, Roy Arenella, Derek Beaulieu, Pat Bell, John M. Bennett, Francesca Biasetton, Volodymyr Bilyk, Tony Burhouse & Rob Glew, Nancy Burr, Riccardo Cavallo, Mauro Césari, Peter Ciccariello, Andrew Clark, Carlfriedrich Claus, Bob Cobbing, Patrick Collier, Robert Corydon, Jeff Crouch, Marilyn Dammann, Donna Maria Decreeft, Alessandro De Francesco, Monica Dengo, Mirtha Dermisache, Bill Dimichele, Christian Dotremont, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Mark Firth, Eckhard Gerdes, Mike Getsiv, Jean-Christophe Giacottino, Marco Giovenale, Meg Green, Brion Gysin, Jefferson Hansen, Huai Su, Geof Huth, Isidore Isou, Michael Jacobson, Satu Kaikkonen, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Rashid Koraishi, Irene Koronas, Edward Kulemin, Le Quoc Viet & Tran Trọng Duong, Jim Leftwich, Misha Magazinnik, Matt Margo, André Masson, Nuno de Matos, Willi Melnikov, Morita Shiryu, Sheila E. Murphy, Nguyen Duc Dung, Nguyen Quang Thang, Pham Van Tuan, François Poyet, Kerri Pullo, Lars Px, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Roland Sabatier, Ekaterina Samigulina & Yuli Ilyshchanska, Alain Satié, Karen L. Schiff, Spencer Selby, Peggy Shearn, Ahmed Shibrain, Gary Shipley, Christopher Skinner, Hélène Smith, Lin Tarczynski, Morgan Taubert, Andrew Topel, Cecil Touchon, Louise Tournay, Tran Trọng Duong, Lawrence Upton, Sergio Uzal, Marc van Elburg, Nico Vassilakis, Glynda Velasco, Simon Vinkenoog, Vsevolod Vlaskine, Cornelis Vleeskens, Anthony Vodraska, Voynich Manuscript, Jim Wittenberg, Michael Yip, Logan K. Young, Yorda Yuan, Camille Zehenne, Zhang Xu, and others.

Tim Gaze began his writing career writing quirky short stories and experimental poetry, sometimes using computer programs to manipulate words. More recently, he began exploring illegible writing and non-alphabetical symbols. He founded Asemic magazine in 1999, which has grown from a folded pamphlet to a 100 page book. Attempting to understand the illegible "asemic" domain, he has written some short essays, some of them published in English or in translation. Even more recently, he is creating abstract narratives using inkblot shapes. Asemic writing, visual poetry or abstract comics are the best descriptions for some of his creations. His longer works include noology (Arrum Press) and 100 Scenes (Transgressor/asemic editions). He also makes sound recordings for fun, ranging from sound poetry to electronic soundscapes and field recordings. Tim lives in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, close to trees.

Michael Jacobson is a writer and artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. His books include The Giant’s FenceAction FiguresMynd Eraser, and The Paranoia Machine. Besides writing books, he curates a gallery for asemic writing called The New Post-Literate. He is also on the editorial board of In his spare time, he is working on designing a planet named “THAT”. Recently, he was published in The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics), and was interviewed by SampleKanon.

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