Marco Giovenale lives in Rome. He’s editor of http://gammm.org. His most recent book of (linear) poems in Italian is Shelter (Donzelli, 2010). His artbooks are Sibille asemantiche (Camera verde, 2008) and, under the name of Differx, aweapon (2008), Severe red (2010), unrelated | undepicted | (diptychs) (2010), and septemware (2011), all by Vugg Books. Some sibyls are also in the Anthology Spidertangle (Xexoxial, 2009). A gunless tea, collection of 23 prose pieces, was published for the 2007 Dusi/e-chap project (dusie.org.) The prose CDK was published in 2009 by Tir aux pigeons. An interview is here: http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/maintenant-65-marco-giovenale. For more information, please visit: http://slowforward.wordpress.com/bioen/.
Credits: One image has been previously published in The New Postliterate, and one in Fieralingue, thanks to Michael Jacobson, and Anny Ballardini. Author photo by Francesca Valente.
Marco says: “This book offers a variety of tablets or frames/plates of asemic writing: in cursive or glyphs style.
My opinion is that asemic writing is a major path leading out of the western logos legacy. Generally speaking, twisted signs or tiny glyphs like these ones can be left alone on the page, unrecorded or not; and they (try to) bring on — even in this way — their peculiar anti-discourse, set out of the common sense and the shared meanings.
Then they (or their images) can also be involved in a process of further change(s), passing through a thousand digital doors — facing some sort of multiverse. It’s something you can perceive in most of these pages.
Such glyphs seem they want to stand as signs of a possible wider change: a shift in the writer’s mind, and the reader’s eye. The former will be ready to abandon the power of language, the pre-written codes of the meanings’ dictatorship; the latter will try to do his/her best in dealing with such a lack of known coordinates, alphabets, recognizable lines of speech, in order to catch the weird non-melodic phrases in an area of new graphic entities.
Many of the asemic sibyls and glyphs I drawrite fade in the black side of the sheet, they leave the trace of a trace, in the reader/viewer’s mind. He is no more a spectator, nor someone in need of convictions and fixed “omega” goals and targets. He is — we are — free to simply enjoy the faint passing of those traces. (Their fair impermanence).”
16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)