Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Asemic Writing: An International Perspective

Jeremy Balius


Jeremy Balius is an artist living in Fremantle, Western Australia. A collection of work was published in the 'This is Visual Poetry' series (http://thisisvisualpoetry.com/?p=1099) in 2012.

Jean-Christophe Giacottino

Jean-Christophe Giacottino was
born in Bordeaux, France the 29th of  January 1970.
Currently, he lives and works in Aix-en-Provence.
He is an artist (painter, musician) and social worker 

( working with children who suffers from behavioral troubles).

 Dion L Charleton

     I'm 56 years old.  My compulsive drawing began at age 12.  I have little formal training other than a few high school and college courses.  Like everyone around me, I thought no one understood what I was trying to convey with my art work.  I went into a 'public exhibition' exile for nearly thirty years.  Oh, I never quit working; I just never shared any of them anymore.  As time flew on by, all I got was older and slowly grew a more of an "F" it attitude.  Luckily, I've found outlets to show my stuff (Yea, internet!).  I have found that I grow more aware of myself (my little Jungian, self actualization job) by receiving and pondering the commentary of others and what they feel/think about my art.  Going on four years after my heart attack, I can't thank everyone enough!  Ascemic art is an avenue everyone can take and no one ever travels it the same way.  What could be more Zen?

Satu Kaikkonen

Satu Kaikkonen (23.8.1967) is a poet and visual poet from Finland. Her works include tradidional lyrics as well as visual & asemic poetry and sound poetry.  Kaikkonen mainly creates her visual poems digitally, but she also uses concrete objects in her works. Kaikkonen has taken part in exhibitions of visual poetry in the US, UK, Hungary, Russia and Finland, and her works have featured in numerous poetry magazines, both Finnish and international. Her works are also incluted to the Last Vispo Anthology 1998-2008. Homepage VISUALpOeTrY http://www.kotiposti.net/kaikkonent/alku_2.html

Nuno De Matos AKA Matox

Nuno de Matos --Matox
1971 Barreiro--Lisbon

Lives and works between Eus (Pyrénées-Orientales)--France and Lisbon Portugal

Nuno de Matos, aka Matox has grown up at Saint-céré, France, near the alelier of Jean Lurçat. He studied at the university of Toulouse. He now lives in Eus, a famous village in French Catalonia.

Harkim Chan

Born and raised in Hong Kong; Harkim migrated to U.S. as a teenager to study art and design. At the age of 23, he received a M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design.

With the art market crash in the 90s, Harkim's dream of being an artist in New York and chilling with Julian Schnable shattered. He then self taught himself graphic design and started working for ad agencies and studios. Today, while he works as a corporate monkey, Harkim day dreams about all kinds of abstract visual landscapes which would eventually manifest themselves into different scopes of fantastic imagery. See them here: http://www.cargocollective.com/harkim

Harkim calls L.A. his second home after working in Hollywood for 11 years. He now works and lives in Beijing.

Steve Dalachinsky


Steve dalachinsky was born in 1946, Brooklyn, New York right after the last big war and
has managed to survive lots of little wars. His work has appeared extensively in journals
on & off line including; Big Bridge, Milk, Tribes, Unlikely Stories, Ratapallax, Evergreen
Review, Long Shot, Alpha Beat Soup, Xtant, Blue Beat Jacket, The Brooklyn Review,. He
is included in such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment, Up is Up But So is
Down: NYU Downtown Literary Anthology, the Unbearables anthologies: Help Yourself,
The Worse Book I Ever Read and The Big Book of Sex (of which he is a co-editor) and
the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He has written liner notes for the CDs of
many artists including Anthony Braxton, Charles Gayle, James "Blood" Ulmer, Rashied
Ali, Roy Campbell, Matthew Shipp and Roscoe Mitchell. His 1999 CD, Incomplete
Direction (Knitting Factory Records), a collection of his poetry read in collaboration
with various musicians, has garnered much praise. His chapbooks include Musicology
(Editions Pioche, Paris 2005), Trial and Error in Paris (Loudmouth Collective 2003),
Lautreamont's Laments (Furniture Press 2005), In Glorious Black and White (Ugly
Duckling Presse 2005), Dream Book (Avantcular Press 2005), Christ Amongst the Fishes
(A book of collages, Oilcan Press 2009), Insomnia Poems (Propaganda Press 2009),
Invasion of the Animal People (Propaganda Press 2010), The Mantis: collected poems for
Cecil Taylor 1966-2009 (Iniquity Press 2011), Trustfund Babies (Unlikely Stories Press
The Veiled Doorway & St. Lucie (Unarmed Press 20012) and Long Play E.P. (Corrupt
Press, 2012). His book The Final Nite (complete notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook,
Ugly Duckling Presse 2006) won the 2007 Josephine Miles PEN National Book Award
His most recent books are Logos and Language, a collaboration with pianist Matthew
Shipp (Rogueart Press 2007), Reaching into the Unknown, a collaborative project with
French photographer Jacques Bisceglia, RogueArt 2009). His latest CD is Phenomena
of Interference, a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp (Hopscotch Records 2005).
He has read throughout the N.Y. area, the U.S., Japan and Europe, including France and
Germany. He is a contributing writer to the Brooklyn Rail. His book A Superintendent's
Eyes (Hozomeen Press 2000) is being reissued by Autonomedia/Unbearables in
an expanded/revised edition in late fall 2012. His latest cds are collaborations with
saxophonist Dave Liebman, bassist Joelle Leandre and an experimental French rock
Group the Snobs.

Patricia Bell

Fine Art B. A. 1972
Post Graduate Studies (Theatre Design) Slade School of Fine Art, London University, 1975-77
M.A. Illustration & Design, 2005.

Worked mostly in theatre arts and Information Technology since leaving University, and started painting in 2004. 

Whatever i work on i have a vision in my head of movements - of body movements to express words and emotions. I'm delighted to find that these come together in Asemic Writing, something i'd never heard of until recently. Thank you for putting a name to my fascination.

Jim Wittenberg

Jim Wittenberg writes, but for the past eighteen months he has concentrated on writing asemic poetry. He titles each poem, but the titles have nothing to do with what the readers view. His pieces, whether color or black and white, are smudged and distorted. This is a reflection of Jim's lifelong unconcern for tidy penmanship.

Tim Murray

    Tim Murray (b. 1977) is a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. He is proprietor of Indiana's 17th largest aluminum foil ball exhibit and gift shop.

Márton Koppány

Márton Koppány is a Hungarian writer who lost his mother tongue more than thirty years ago and is still searching for it. His latest books include Addenda (Otoliths, 2012) and Modulations (Otoliths, 2010).

Tony Burhouse

Tony Burhouse a.k.a. Gene Mutation, 25, lives to dream, draw and ponder the big 
questions. Based in Leeds, UK and generally working in design/illustration, he also 
plays in DIY noise-punk outfit Etai Keshiki, as well as producing comics, contributing 
to picture zines and exhibiting stuff that should probably be considered Fine Art.

Andrew Topel

Andrew refuses to reveal anything of significance in this bio note

John M. Bennett

  John M. Bennett has published over 400 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials.
 Among the most recent are rOlling COMBers (Potes & Poets
Press), MAILER LEAVES HAM (Pantograph Press), LOOSE WATCH (Invisible Press),
CHAC PROSTIBULARIO (with Ivan Arguelles; Pavement Saw Press), HISTORIETAS
ALFABETICAS (Luna Bisonte Prods), PUBLIC CUBE (Luna Bisonte Prods), THE PEEL
(Anabasis Press), GLUE (xPress(ed)), LAP GUN CUT (with F. A. Nettelbeck; Luna
Bisonte Prods), INSTRUCTION BOOK (Luna Bisonte Prods), la M al (Blue Lion
Books), CANTAR DEL HUFF (Luna Bisonte Prods), SOUND DIRT (with Jim Leftwich;
Luna Bisonte Prods), BACKWORDS (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfox Press), D RAIN
B LOOM (with Scott Helmes; xPress(ed)), CHANGDENTS (Offerta Speciale), L
ENTES (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfoxpress), SPITTING DDREAMS (Blue Lion
Books), ONDA (with Tom Cassidy; Luna Bisonte Prods), 30 DIALOGOS SONOROS
(with Martín Gubbins; Luna Bisonte Prods), BANGING THE STONE (WITH Jim
Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), FASTER NIH (Luna Bisonte Prods); RREVES (Editions
Bisonte Prods); BALAM MALAB (Logan Elm Press); LA VISTA GANCHA (Luna Bisonte
Kostelanetz; Luna Bisonte Prods); T ICK TICK TIC K (Chalked Editions and White
Sky Books); THIS IS VISUAL POETRY (This is Visual Poetry); EL HUMO LETRADO:
POESÍA EN ESPAÑOL (Chalk Editions; 2nd ed. White Sky Books); ZABOD
(Tonerworks); TEXTIS GLOBBOLALICUS (3 vols.; mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press);
Bennett, Bob Marsh, Jack Wright; Edgetone Records); SUMO MI TOSIS (White Sky
Books); CORRESPONDENCE 1979-1983 (with Davi Det Hompson; Luna Bisonte
(with Matthew T. Stolte; Luna Bisonte Prods); OBJECT OBJET (with Nicolas Carras;
Luna Bisonte Prods); CARAARAC & EL TÍTULO INVISIBLE (Luna Bisonte Prods);
LIBER X (Luna Bisonte Prods; CUITLACOCHTLI (Xexoxial Editions); and BLOCK
(Luna Bisonte Prods). He has published, exhibited and performed his word art
worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of
LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing
Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called
him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and
papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University
(St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art,
and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.

Matt Margo

Matt Margo is the author of Two Titles (white sky books, 2011) and BE YR OWN STORY (self-published, 2012), among other semic and asemic works, all of which are cataloged here. His blog Cormac McCarthy's Dead Typewriter publishes works of experimental literature, music, film, and art. He presented his research paper "What Institutional Collecting Could Do for Asemic Writing" at the 2011 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference.

Rosaire Appel

Rosaire Appel (NYC) is an ex-writer, graphic artist exploring the betweens of reading/looking/listening. She makes books  (commercially printed, hand-made and recycled), ink drawings and digital drawings. Her subject is, basically, visual language. Using a combination of abstract comics and asemic writing, she develops sequences which remain open to interpretation thus keeping the relationship between the viewer and the work active rather than passive. Her website is: www.rosaireappel.com.

Jim Leftwich

Jim Leftwich is a poet and mail artist who lives in Roanoke, Virginia. he is the author of Dirt, Doubt, Sample Example, and Six Months Aint No Sentence. since 2008 he has been involved in organizing mail art, fluxus, sound poetry, visual poetry and noise events in Roanoke.

Marco Giovenale 

Marco Giovenale lives and works in Rome. He’s editor of gammm.org, puntocritico.eu, bina, Argo, Or, and several websites. An ever-changing draft of his English prose can be seen at differx.blogspot.com. He’s author of books and ebooks of linear poetry, asemic stuff, photography, experimental prose. Among others, these ones (in English): A gunless tea (Dusie, 2007), and CDK (Tir aux pigeons, 2009: http://tir-aux-pigeons.blogspot.it/2009/03/cdk-marco-giovenale.html). In 2011 he took part in the Bury Text Festival (Manchester); see http://otherroom.org/2011/05/22/ marco-giovenale-some-texts. His blog is http://slowforward.wordpress.com. News and infos about his art are at http://slowforward.wordpress.com/art/  In 2011 he published a chapbook of asemic pieces in the series 'This is Visual Poetry', thanks to Dan Waber.

Christopher Skinner

Christopher Skinner was born in Sheffield in 1968 and began his career as a graphic designer during the late 1980’s. His current artwork is predominantly print-based (relief and intaglio) but also uses mixed media and digital technologies in his approach to his asemic and artists book pieces. He is still an active graphic designer, completing an MA in Design Practice in 2005 (University of Northumbria) and continues to teach design and typography.
He has exhibited in several Book Arts exhibitions in the UK and gave live print demonstrations at the inaugural Leeds Print Festival in 2012.  He lives and works in Norfolk, England.

Cheryl Penn


Cheryl Penn (South Africa) is a process based  art practitioner who uses the mediums of collaboration,  Asemics and Visual Poetry to express her own personal visual language.  

Donna Maria De Creeft

Ms. de Creeft is a native New Yorker. As a mixed-media artist, her work has
been shown nationally and internationally. Some of her venues include The
Barcelona Book Fair, Central Booking, and Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn, NY,
Jersey City University, Moravian College, West Virginia Wesleyan College and
PS 1 Museum. Ms. de Creeft’s work is in the permanent collections of the
University of Southern Maine, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, The Center
for Book Arts, and the library collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Bryn Mawr
College and Rutgers University.

Website: dmdecreeft.com

Jas W Felter

Jas W Felter was born in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in
New York State in 1943.  He created his first mail art in  1957 and
presented his first solo exhibition of oil paintings in 1961.  Felter
graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1964 (BA,
Fine Arts - Painting).  Jas spent the following two years in Ecuador
with the First Latin American Regional Arts and Crafts Program in the
US Peace Corps.  Upon returning to North America he attended the
University of Washington in Seattle for post-graduate work in painting
and the graphic arts, as well as Anthropology and Archaeology.  In the
Spring of 1968 he moved to Vancouver and in January of 1969 began a 16
year stint at Simon Fraser University where he taught visual
communication, founded the Simon Fraser Art Gallery and established
the University's collection of contemporary art.  Since his departure
from Simon Fraser in 1985 Jas has continued to pursue his activities
in the visual arts, both in curatorial work and in art production of
paintings, collages and digital prints.  In 1995 he launched his
'homepage' on the internet as the Jas Cyberspace Museum (JCM). which
is now one of the oldest and largest personal web site on the world
wide web.  In 1998 JCM was invited to present an exhibition of works
in its collection at ART-MANAGE '98 in Moscow.

Jeff Crouch

Jeff Crouch is an internet artist. His Nothing and Insight blog is here: http://nothingandinsight.blogspot.com/ .

Stephen Vincent

Stephen Vincent is a poet and artist with a professional career in directing publishing companies with a focus on poetry and fine arts books. His most recent poetry books include After Language: Letters to Jack Spicer (BlazeVox, 2012), Walking (Junction Press, 1996), Walking Theory (Junction Press, 2006), and the ebooks Sleeping With Sappho (faux ebooks, 2003) and Triggers (Shearsman, 2004). From 1972 to 1981, he was the publisher of Momo’s Press books, which first introduced the work of such poets and writers as Ntozake Shange, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Hilton Obenzinger, Beverly Dahlen, and Jessica Hagedorn. In the eighties, he was the director of Bedford Arts, Publishers, which became internationally recognized for the publication of books featuring the works of Masahisa Fukase, David Park, Roy DeForest, Miriam Schapiro, Mark Klett, and Christo, among others.

Throughout his poetry career, Vincent has occasionally taught Creative Writing at schools that have included the University of Nigeria, San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. In the City he is also well known for leading independent “Walking & Writing” workshops. Since 2007,when he began to make art work, his drawings have been featured in gallery shows at the Braunstein Quay Gallery (San Francisco), 2009; Steven Wolf Fine Arts Gallery (San Francisco), 2009; and Jack Hanley Gallery (New York), 2011. The work has been subject to two books, The First 100 Days of Obama (Steven Wolf Fine Arts Gallery, 2009) and Haptics: The Novel (Xeroxical Editions, 201113). Stephen Vincent resides in San Francisco.

Cecelia Chapman

Cecelia Chapman is an artist working in film, writing and visual art. ceceliachapman.com

Yorda Yuan

I'm from China. I am studying in London at the moment for an MFA in fine art . My works focus on the research of asemic writing and abstract calligraphy, also abstract narrative, since I'm  a writer as well as a visual artist. Some of my works are in the practice of strokes of Chinese calligraphy (some you can find in my album on Facebook ), with  different forms, combined with contemporary abstract painting.

Volodymyr Bilyk/
Володимир Білик


Volodymyr Bilyk was born in the Ukraine and has a degree in journalism. He is considered to be one of the few representatives of the so-called Ukrainian Extreme Literature. Besides being a writer, he is also a visual artist, sound producer, video artist, and a collector of films. He is a co-editor of the Extreme Writing Community.

Oliver Loveday

Sumi Ink Painting involves the use of an ink cake (or solid ink) that is dissolved into a liquid form by grinding it against an ink stone with water. The painting is created on rice paper. Rice paper is very porous so the technique of painting on rice paper requires that the brush be in motion as it comes in contact with the paper and flow in a rapid manner. This technique provides visual effects that can't be created in any other media. I found it to be very satisfying as I developed as an artist interested in "first thought - correct thought" as expressed through Zen Buddhism. My approach was based on the idea that all of life is a dance (or form of energy) and Sumi ink painting allowed me to "dance with complete freedom from all distracting thoughts" as there is no time to think once the brush is in motion and making contact with the paper. The slightest hesitation causes the brush to pause and the rice paper will immediately start to soak up the ink from the brush, resulting in a large black glob of ink. Now we are dancing in freedom. Yes!!

Tim Gaze 

Tim Gaze is an activist for the spread of illegible writing. His longer works include the abstract graphic novel 100 Scenes (e-book: Transgressor / paperback: asemic editions) & the glitch poetry book noology (Arrum Press). He has some work in the The Last Vispo anthology (Fantagraphics) & occasionally publishes asemic magazine, which he founded in 1999 or so. He believes there has to be a better way to communicate with his Terran brothers & sisters than the English language.

Gary J Shipley

Gary J Shipley is a writer from the UK. His artbook, SHROUDS, is forthcoming from asemic editions. More information can be found here.

Dr. Heidi Heft LaPorte

Heidi Heft LaPorte, DSW.   Prior to her work developing the Tuska Institute, Dr. LaPorte spent four years as an Associate Professor of Social Work at the City University of New York, Lehman College in the Bronx; where she taught social policy, human behavior in the Social Environment, Field Work Seminar and Research Methods in the Bachelor's and Master's program.  Prior to that, she was an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, in Washington Heights NY, where she taught Program Evaluation Research, Single System Design and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in both the Ph.D and Master of Social Work programs.  In addition, Dr. LaPorte also taught Research Methods in Social Work Practice and Program Evaluation Research Methods at New York University School of Social Work and Fordham University School of Social Work in the MSW programs as an adjunct Professor. 

Dr. LaPorte is currently working with Seth Tuska, son of the well known artist John Regis Tuska, to create the Tuska Institute to promote healing and wellness through artistic expression.  This vision is seeks to bring artists and health and mental health professionals together, specifically drawing from five disciplines within the arts: Music, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Writing and the Visual Arts.  This is envisioned as five fingers of a hand reaching out into the community.

Michael Jacobson

Michael Jacobson is a writer and artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. His books include The Giant’s FenceAction Figures, Mynd 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 SCRIPTjr.nl. 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