William S. Burroughs – Ferran Destemple: Deconstructive Asemics using “The Soft Machine” (Barcelona, Spain)

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Pages from The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs altered by Ferran Destemple (Barecelona)

 

Ferran Destemple – an artist and writer in Spain whom I admire very much – sent me these pages from The Soft Machine as a submission to Asemic Front. He uses erasure on pages from a classic William S. Burroughs text to create asemics.

Ferran Destemple wrote, “In relation to the pages I sent you, I need to tell you that it is one of my works about Burroughs’ texts. In this case I erased parts of the Burroughs text to convert or transform it into an asemic one.”

These links will take you to related work by Ferran Destemple:

www.autismosautomaticos.net

http://www.autismosautomaticos.net/category/cinefan/

I love the concept and the visual appearance of these pages, and I appreciate that Ferran Destemple has shared them. Extending the William S. Burroughs cut-up experiment into the realm of asemics is, I believe, a project of great interest.

The Soft Machine is a text where conventional, linear narrative and linguistic conventions are already disrupted in order to reveal the machinations, codes and deep structures ordinarily hidden from the reader’s consciousness. By moving the text further into the realm of the unintelligible, even greater depths are illuminated.

Some asemicists aligned with specific theories might question if this work is truly asemic. Erasure can raise a process question when there is an original, underlying text that can be reconstructed. I acknowledge this would be a fair question worth discussion, although I have not yet seen a reasonable resolution between the two views. But I also believe this work by Ferran Destemple is of importance regardless of its relationship to asemics or visual poetry. I am thrilled to present it on Asemic Front. Close-ups are included.

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Return of “The Rebecca Type-overs”

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Asemic Front collab by Rebecca Resinski (Arkansas, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)

 

 

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Asemic Front collab by Rebecca Resinski (Arkansas, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)

 

 

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Collab foundation by Rebecca Resinski

 

 

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Vispo X 3 = Richard Canard (remix), Chris Wells, Rebecca Resinski

 

 

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“Homage to John Gayer’s Outgoing” by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

 

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Visual poetry by Chris Wells (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

 

 

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“Sunlight through trees on water” by Rebecca Resinski (Conway, Arkansas, USA)

 

 

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Asemic vispo collabs by Tiina Kainulainen (Helsinki, Finland) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA)

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Collab by Tiina Kainulainen (Helsinki, Finland) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA)

 

 

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Collab foundation by Tiina Kainulainen

 

 

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Collab by Tiina Kainulainen & De Villo Sloan

 

 

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Collab by Tiina Kainulainen & De Villo Sloan

 

 

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Asemics & Chaos Theory by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

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Mail art by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

 

Ruud Janssen – already a contributor to the Asemic Front project – sent this fascinating correspondence art package. A main preoccupation of the piece is exploring asemics and the way signs and symbols are expressed through various modes. These range from “obsolete technologies” to the digital realm and are all addressed in this multi-faceted work.

Ruud Janssen devotes one of his well-known, hand-painted envelopes to establish the themes. I believe this is the first of his painted envelopes that purposefully uses asemic writing. Here is the reverse side of the envelope:

 

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The envelope contains a copy of a letter that reflects on the experience of using a typewriter in the Digital Age and the ironies of snail mailing a letter when email is available. Ruud Janssen addresses ideas concerning copies vs. “authentic” texts, a subject of perennial interest to artists on the conceptual side of things. For me, this “letter” works as a conceptual essay (of significance I would add) that encompasses numerous topics including the current status of traditional mail art. I believe Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA) also received a copy of this piece:

 

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The reverse side:

 

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This piece was also included:

 

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Mail art by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

 

 

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On the envelope (top scan), Ruud Janssen asks about a connection between asemic writing and Chaos Theory. I wager he knows more about Chaos Theory than I do. I do know that current asemic writers are discussing randomness, formlessness and even discoveries of physics proper (areas I associate with Chaos Theory) as tools to generate asemic signs, symbols and structures. Various kinds of computer randomness generators could be used to generate asemics. But I am not sure if this is what Ruud Janssen is asking. As Gertrude Stein said, “What was the question?”

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Asemic Concrete Poetry Collabs by Michael Orr & De Villo Sloan (part 2)

IMG_20180609_0001Collab by Michael Orr (Clarkston, Georgia, USA) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA). Type-over by DVS.

 

 

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Collabs by Michael Orr (Clarkston, Georgia, USA) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA). Type-over by DVS.

 

 

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Asemic Front Collabs by John M. Bennett & De Villo Sloan

JMB DVS 4.16.2018 - 5a1Asemic visual poetry collab by John M. Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA) and De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA). (Studies in Material Culture Series)

 

 

JMB DVS 4.16.2018 - 2By John M. Bennett & De Villo Sloan

 

 

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JMB DVS 4.16.2018 - 61Asemic visual poetry collab by John M. Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA) and De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA). (Studies in Material Culture Series)

 

 

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