Asemic-Concrete Text Hybrids by Federico Federici (Berlin, Germany)

Federico - 2.4.2018 - 1By Federico Federici (Berlin, Germany) (2018)

 

Asemic writing and visual poetry are inherently connected, and the relationship is symbiotic. Thus it is not at all surprising that typewriter-generated concrete poetry (ironically considered by some to be obsolete) is re-emerging in new forms and with considerable vitality in the asemic writing movement.

Federico Federici is one of the master practitioners of this interesting sub-genre. (He is also contributing to my long-held theory of Neo-Concretism.) That contemporary asemic writers and artists should benefit from the triumphs of the “Golden Age” of concrete poetry is, after all, an indication of healthy cultural evolution: a balance of tradition and the iconoclastic.

Here is a detail study from the initial piece:

 

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Working in the context of concrete poetry, Federico Federici uses type-overs (as well as some calligraphy) to generate asemic symbols and structures. I believe this is one of the most promising possibilities for the use of concrete poetry in the asemic realm: The generation of symbols and structures.

Federici also interjects words – mostly nouns – to allow for some degree of “reading” and association. A nature theme emerges: “TREE,” “weed,” “wood,” “leaf,” “deer,” “stone,” etc.  The work can be read, but not strictly in a conventional sense. For instance, traditional syntax is lacking yet the sign-system is intact for individual words. Poetically, the work presents a severely fractured pastoral lyric that is neither highly Romanticized nor parodied.

The typewritten structure suggests linearity; however, I believe the piece requires a “depth-of-field” reading. (Both asemics and vispo require new kinds of reading.) One is directed to look into and through the dense layering (not across).

Federici’s asemic-concrete composition implies, I believe, that a “text” is a dense field of accumulated meanings. Meanings can be distorted, obscured or disrupted by others. Emotional response competes with rationality. Linear (conventional) reading is misreading and misleading. True understanding of the text involves seeing into its depth and layers of possibility. The play of these layers of meaning, in turn, creates new meanings.

Federici’s work, indeed, uses a randomness principle. The precise geometry of concrete poetry obscures the randomness and creates a deconstructive tension in the work.

The asemic text demands a new kind of “reading” and finding meaning. Federico Federici’s work helps open new possibilities.

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A last detail study:

 

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Asemic front poster - 3.11-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asemic-Vispo Collab by Moan Lisa, Mudhead and De Villo Sloan

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Collab by Moan Lisa (Iowa, USA), Mudhead (aka Chris Reynolds) (Arizona, USA) and De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)

 

Moan Lisa has raised the Mudhead/DVS collabs “to the next level” with this incredible digital remix with alterations and embellishments. Among many other things, the piece offers a beautiful integration of concrete poetry with visual images. Many thanks to Moan Lisa!

 

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East Meets West: Collabs by Joey Patrickt (California, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)

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Collab by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA) and De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA)

 

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Mail art by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

 

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“Smear Cat” – Collab by Joey Patrickt and De Villo Sloan (scanner smear)

 

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“Smear Cat #3”

 

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Mail art by Joey Patrickt

 

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Collab by Joey Patrickt and De Villo Sloan

 

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Mail art by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

 

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“Hyper-Glitched Joey” – Joey Patrickt and De Villo Sloan

 

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Mail art by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

 

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Chris Wells Typed-Over by De Villo Sloan (Ohio and New York, USA)

Chris Wells (Columbus, Ohio, USA) typed over by De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA)

 

Chris Wells posted two visual poems, deeply rooted in concrete poetry, at the IUOMA, which I have appropriated guerilla-style for Asemic Front type-overs. These exercise were great fun, and I hope you enjoy them too.

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Original vispo foundation by Chris Wells (2017)

Chris Wells typed-over by De Villo Sloan

Original vispo foundation by Chris Wells (2017)

Chris Wells typed-over by De Villo Sloan

 

Diane Keys Typed-Over by De Villo Sloan & Other Vispo-Asemic Collabs

Diane Keys typed-over by De Villo Sloan

Collab foundation by Diane Keys (Illinois, USA)

Diane Keys type-over by De Villo Sloan (re-mix)

Asemic-vispo collab by Diane Keys & De Villo Sloan

Asemic-vispo collab (microwaved) by Diane Keys & De Vill0 Sloan

 

 

“The Rebecca Type-overs” – Rebecca Resinski & De Villo Sloan Collabs

“Rebecca Type-over #1” by Rebecca Resinski (Arkansas, USA) and De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)

 

I was inspired by Rebecca Resinski’s artist’s book of type-overs using text by the Bronte sisters. So I have had a tremendous time, in turn, typing over Rebecca’s Resinki’s compositions. Much of this was typed on an electric typewriter (Brother ML100 Standard). Thus you have typewriter art by both Rebecca and me. The discerning will recognize, of course, that I used digital filtering on some pieces to heighten typewriter effects and to produce some deconstructive asemics.

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“Rebecca Type-over #2”

“Rebecca Type-over #3”

“Rebecca Type-over #4” by Rebecca Resinski and De Villo Sloan

“Rebecca Type-over #5”

“Rebecca Type-over #6”

“Rebecca Type-over #7”

“Rebecca Type-over #8” by Rebecca Resinki & De Villo Sloan

 

“Sisters: Three Palimpsests” – An Artist’s Book by Rebecca Resinski (Conway, Arkansas, USA)

“Sisters: Three Palimpsests” by Rebecca Resinski (Arkansas, USA)

Rebecca Resinski – artist and Eternal Networker known for visual poetry as well – sent this unique artist’s book that is perfect for Asemic Front.

I recently made inquiries about people doing concrete poetry and typewriter art; maybe she heard. Rebecca and I have corresponded and I admire her work, but she is not a veteran of earlier campaigns like so many here on Asemic Front. I need to keep in better touch with her. And of course Asemic Front is open to new people who have not participated in earlier calls.

Rebecca has produced a compelling type-over concrete poetry in this book using literary sources. The process has resulted in the creation of asemic symbols as well.

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“Sisters” is printed on a very sturdy, semi-transparent material that deepens the type-over effects and gives the piece wonderful textures.

From Sisters by Rebecca Resinski (2017)