Elmediat of https://impliedspaces.wordpress.com/ left the following comment on my blog.- “Consider the following concepts, it may resonate with your path, as you seek to unpack your compartmentalized creativity .
Content, context , form. Content and context are the message. Context and form are the medium. Message and medium overlap. Context also includes the setting (time & space) in which the message is received. The reader/receiver of the message brings meaning because they carry a personal context of understanding & memory – knowledge, skills, and experience.
Artists have been attempting to encompass content, context and form in one way or another. Shakespeare attempts this by using plays within plays in both Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, thereby stretching thin the fourth wall and turning the audience space into an extension of the play.
Visual artists muse multi media and performance art to extend content, context and form. Digital text includes and interconnects multiple media to create new media , while the technology is expanding to expand context and allow the reader/receiver to interact and become a contributor .”
Elmediat’s in depth response to my blog post almost an epiphany has taken me closer to defining just what I meant in that post but to get there I had to unpick his comment point by point. This part I understood quickly – “The reader/receiver of the message brings meaning because they carry a personal context of understanding & memory – knowledge, skills, and experience.” My art practice at art school was based on these ideas. I liked to create open ended narratives where the viewer could find their own meanings and tell their own stories –
– but that was years ago and I seem to have lost the knack of being quite so open ended.
Elmediat is currently considering asemic writing on his blogs. Wikipedia defines asemic writing as – “Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content”. With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret.”
I used to do a lot of this kind of writing long before I knew it had a name.
It is an autobiographical piece that describes how I felt myself to be at that time. A few years later I learnt the basics of digital image making and created this image by superimposing one scanned image on top of another.
Perhaps these images are an example of Elmediat’s view that ‘Content and context are the message. Context and form are the medium .’
In 2015 I took a series of photos of fireworks. When I posted them online earlier this year someone commented they looked like asemic writing. https://artalsolife.com/2016/02/02/light-language/ It was the first time I had heard the term.
Perhaps I am missing the point of Elmediat’s comment. I think I need to muse further on this part of his comment “visual artists muse multi media and performance art to extend content, context and form.”
Extending content, context and form – now there’s the new horizon I want to explore in 2017.
At least now I have established just which direction the new horizon lies –