The above compositions from the constructed reality of an Asemic Magazine – Magazine Splash Page, Magazine Layout, and Magazine Content Page. As frequent visitors to this blog are aware, I have recently been exploring the implied spaces of asemic writing & texts/scripts. Building on my use of what I call Textured Text, I have been creating collage compositions. I have been playing with loose collage forms. These arrangements were loosely placed and then photographed . Afterwards, the digital images were further modified using imaging software.
More recently, I have been concentrating on the text elements as expressions of asemic texts/scripts. Rather than using a camera, I created the loose collage assemblages directly on a scanner bed ( scanography ). I tore or cut strips of pages from magazines, junk-mail, and other discarded paper texts. The loose pieces could be rearranged multiple times to create new variations. Some became the basis of effective compositions, while others worked as blended elements for a completely digital composition.
While considering other variations, I decided to use Claudia McGill’s Collage Poetry as a template. Here is a link to her post Snippets and People with Problems. Instead of the strips and chunks of the pages, I cut up smaller pieces of text and rearranged them on the scanner bed.
After some thought about how I might incorporate this image in a composition, I was struck by the idea of running collage through the ABBYY FineReader optical character recognition software.
The optical character recognition software attempts to recognize the features of the text and reproduce them accurately. The flaws and fragments of text can not be accurately decoded; like the human mind, the software attempts to impose order. There is a structure, but still no clear meaning. The human software struggles to find meaning, even if it is ambiguous or purely aesthetic. We use our personal context of experience, knowledge, understanding and skills to construct a meaningful reality out of the mix of text that is presented to us. We will find our personal interpretation of the abstract/asemic compositions.
These compositions were incorporated into three pages of In-depth News of an Asemic Magazine.
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