Asemic writing

Have you ever wondered of writing without words?

Wordless writing is similar to the abstract work of art. It is referred to as ASEMIC WRITING. Asemic refers to ‘ the absence of any semantic content’ . It does not have the smallest unit of meaning. It does not produce any verbal content but various subjective interpretations can be made through asemic writing.

Origin of asemic writing:

In 1997, two visual poets named, TIM GAZE and JIM LEFTWICH introduced the term asemic. They used this word to name their quasi calligraphic writing gestures. In the world of literary, this art of asemic writing became popular during the late 1970s. After its introduction, there were both positive and negative comments started spreading across the world of literature. It became as a successful form of calligraphy in the early twenty first century only. There is a concept saying that asemic writing is a type of writing with no meaning. Besides all this it favors some class of art in literature by its asementic nature.

Styles of asemic writing:

Asemic writing can be done with

  • Pen or
  • Brush

It is also being drawn in hand and this is documented by a photograph.

Recently, it is made as animations. Or it is also done on canvas, paper or as computer images.

Pictograms and ideograms are also included in the asemic writing.

These are different styles of asemic writing.

Extraction of meaning:

It is attractive to the reader’s eye. Apart from reading, a reader will also look into the art. It is traditional said as unreadable but it still reveals some textual sense to the readers. It has no verbal sense. But various meanings can be extracted from a single picture. It is a form of conventional writing. The meaning cannot be predicted by its creator in the original asemic writing. But in relative asemic writing, the meaning can be found by some people but not by everyone. These are the two extremes of asemic writing.

It is a kind of postliterate style of writing. It uses more creativity to portray the art of abstract work in writing.

Historical evidences portraying asemic writing:

  • The present day’s asemic writing found its origin in the earliest chinese calligraphers named, Zhang Xu and Huaisu. They amender their work gradually which gave introduction to the asemic form of writing which we use today.
  • In 1920s Man Ray created the asemic writing in his poem.
  • The wordless writings such as Alphabet ( 1925) and Narration (1927)  were the works of Henry Michaux. He referred to his asemic writing as ‘ Interior Gestures’ .
  • Indian story is found to be an important asemic writing by Wassily Kandinsky in 1931.
  • Likewise, there are numerous evidences for the development of asemic writing in the pages of the history of literature.

Dilemma:

Beyond the meanings predicted by asemic writing, there are voices saying it is merely a conventional type of writing. It is said as a good craft raised out from the hands of calligraphers. It is also said that it is simply an old aged style of writing. Behind these dilemma, there is a quality evidences to prove the influence of asemic writing in the world of literature. It should be considered as an abstract work rather than criticizing it.

Work on asemic writing:

When an usual textual writer is exposed to study about the asemic writing and when he is handed with a book of asemic writing, he/ she would just wonder nothing to read with. He/ she would definitely get bored of it. It becomes boring to the one who loves textual reading

On the contrary, the artists of abstract work wonders of its innovative drawings and credit this asemic writing a great applause which is worth much more for its creator.

A normal textual writer can also work on asemic writing and gradually learns to understand the meaning. Though the actual meaning cannot be predicted by everyone, at least it can be tried to be read. It is a kind of a reflection writing. It is found to be famous among the artists and is considered as one of the best calligraphic works.

Writers:

The one who creates asemic writing is considered as a writer and they are called as ‘ authors’.

It is an artistic form of writing which inspires many hearts. The asemic writings placed in galleries and museums are worthy. The asemic writing traverses its path beyond languages and is read by all kinds of people in a similar way. It is a very skillful work in the history of literature which gave special emphasis to asemic writing.

The asemic writing is presently developing as a wordless art of writing. Though it portrays the stone aged models like stone carvings, it is being developed as an abstract form of art which is becoming successful in the modern literature.

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