Grand Guignol: Asemic Advertisements




 Here are Asemic Advertisements for  the Grand Guignol.  They proclaim the emotional breakdown and horrific physical destruction of  language & meaning in a world where opinion outweighs factual reporting – messages that are post factual / counter informative. The truth is turned upside down and twisted into layers of emotional beliefs that distort the fabric of public discourse.


Starting with term, Grand Guignol, and  incorporating translated lines of a description of the Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol,  text was digitally modified and layered. One method of modification  is to take one letter in a stylized font and then distort it by flipping / turning perspective. Another approach is use a stylized font with another language that does not have a wide recognition. Once the the words are flipped, the brain has a more difficult time assigning a semantic context, because the font and letter configuration are so unfamiliar. Of course, those familiar with the language will be able to spot some clues, but the font style combines with other distortions in shape to still act as an interference to processing.



( Music by Eubie Blake playing the Charleston Rag )

Bringing these methods together with other  mixtures of letters and words, as well as Asemic drawings that emulate the codes and conventions of a writing system, produced  visual representation of post factual / counter informative messages.  So, now step into The 21st century Grand Guignol of Social Discourse, and be horrified as you witness truth and factual arguments be butchered before your eyes.




Note: Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol : “The Theatre of the Great Puppet”)—known as the Grand Guignol—was a theatre in the Pigalle area of Paris. From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962, it specialized in naturalistic horror shows. Its name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral horror entertainment, a genre popular from Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre (examples include, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, and Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil), to today’s splatter films.






10 thoughts on “Grand Guignol: Asemic Advertisements

  1. I do wish the Orwellian term ‘post-truth’ would be recognised under its current guise as ‘lies’. The only thing I would say about your magnificent ‘butchered’ pieces is that they are far too attractive and appealing whereas lies-masqueradng-as-post-truth are invariably ugly.

    1. That is power of the Asemic Grand Guignol – the art of the grotesque, making lies-masqueradng-as-post-truth appear to be the norm. Of all the changes brought on by new Mass Media technology, I did not expect that open communication systems would allow Trump and his ilk to rise to such political power.
      The Canadian newspaper, The Globe & Mail, is a business oriented publication – it has announced it will avoid the use of the term “alt-right” as it is veiled racism .

      Many thanks for support & commenting. 🙂

    1. You know it wasn’t till I started the writing, the images came first, that I put it all into a social context . I had been reading about the current fake news and “counter-the- fakery” movements, so it just percolated up. 🙂

      The next big question to be tackled will deal with cheese or something-something. I may just post some fake news – “The latest News You Won’t Believe !” and see how many believe it/notice it. 😀

    1. Have read about Artist Alison Jackson ? She chose to self-publish spoof photographs of Donald Trump as part of a protest against Trumps’s potential effect on artistic freedom. Sadly, many publishers were afraid that her editorial cartoons in photo form would provoke a legal backlash/trade-war/nuclear-strike.

      Frankly, I think we should spread them through whatever social media we can. Let the metaphorical truth of the euphemistically Trump fact be spread, like any compost. 😀

      I was originally thinking about click-bait headlines, but the constructed reality of counter informative messages has great potential. 🙂

      1. Click-bait headlines sound good, might try some myself! Thanks for the link – if we can’t change reality at least we can enjoy trying to subvert it to reveal deeper truths. Love your manifesto in the above reply, too, have taken the liberty of copying it!

  2. The deeper ramifications of your art are fascinating yet I am beguiled by the beauty. Maybe that’s the thing with fake news – it often tells us what we want to hear.

    1. Many thanks. 😉

      Mass Media constructs a reality, but in the process it can reflect back a distorted face of our hopes and fears that affirm our values, beliefs and ideologies. All of Maslow’s Needs come into play – all the buttons are pressed.

      My latest post combines a mix of different types of visual compositions with music by Boz Saggs to extend the social commentary of the song’s lyric. Hope you enjoy.

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