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Workshop with antoine lefebvre editions | Asemic Writing

Jun 07, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Image credit: ALSAELP. Asemic Journal #2, March 2021, ed. by antoine lefebvre editions, digital print on 90g bright paper, 28,9 x 38 cm, 12 pp., 50 copies.

Image credit: ALSAELP. Asemic Journal #2, March 2021, ed. by antoine lefebvre editions, digital print on 90g bright paper, 28,9 x 38 cm, 12 pp., 50 copies.

Organised by Regine Ehleiter, Research Area 4: "Literary Currencies". Co-initiator and exhibition designer: Anja Lutz (A—Z, Berlin).

This event is part of the exhibition Mirtha Dermisache: To Be Read.

In 2021, Paris-based artist-publisher antoine lefebvre editions published the first issue of Asemic Journal during a workshop with students from the College of Art in Paris. Its title, YRMILHA, was an acronym of all the participants’ first names. A year later, ALSAELP. Asemic Journal #2 followed, featuring "articles" on asemic works by Mirtha Dermisache, Matt Mullican, Henri Michaux, Xu Bing, Brion Gysin and others. In conjunction with the exhibition "Mirtha Dermisache: To Be Read", Antoine Lefebvre will give a one-day workshop at A–Z in Berlin, adding a new issue to the Asemic Journal.

Announcement by antoine lefebvre editions:

As the word suggests, "asemic" writing carries no meaning (a- is a privative prefix and seme is the smallest unit of meaning). It is a legitimate question to ask how asemic artworks can carry feelings, information and ultimately some sort of meaning without referring to any identified language or known form of communication. 

Exploring ways of conveying meaning through sign tracing and page layout, this workshop will have participants work collectively to create a newsletter or journal from a civilisation that no longer exists. This journal will be printed at the end of the day, so that each participant can leave with a copy. Drawing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own inks and pens.

About antoine lefebvre editions:

antoine lefebvre editions is the artist name of Antoine Lefebvre, an artist publisher, researcher and curator. Between 2009 and 2013, Lefebvre created La Bibliothèque Fantastique as part of a practice-based PhD in Fine Arts. This publishing project, which is also an artwork, took its name from the eponymous text by Michel Foucault. He finished and presented his dissertation entitled Portrait of the Artist as a Publisher. Publishing as an Alternative Artistic Practice in 2014. In 2015, thanks to the help of Phil Aarons, he created ARTZINES, a transmedia open access research project about zines made by artists. He lives and works in Paris where he created \hon\ books, a bookshop and archive, whose name was inspired by Japanese used bookstores.




Time & Location

Jun 07, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Torstraße 93
10119 Berlin

Further Information

Maximum 8-10 participants, no prior knowledge required. Participation is free. To take part in the workshop, please register here: asemic@temporal-communities.de.