maandag 4 maart 2013

Downhill Asemics; madness on the continuum


Kurt Schwitters, step by step removes all syntactic structure from the text.

Kurt Schwitters to the Swiss Dadaist Arp. Blackberries (2)

belivered pra!

first I say why?

why does one use upper case and lower case? i use only lower case. then I say why? why does one punctuate i write everything without punctuationthen i ask why why does one use umlauts i won't be straight diacritical henceforth i will write zurich ful- fills seclusion personal carryover and then i remember the old phrase from mathematics namely that it does not matter in which order i add respect multiply and now i write vole instead of love because love needs voles to love voles and finally now will giveup the or derofwordsamongt hemselvesbywritingonlyoegiantwordorwhilemorewrotitsoladinorthographyisnaturallyunimportantandsenseigiveupinfavorofnonsenseandthustheitsheklmnopqrsutabelgikemaminopetroleumplaguekakrrkrrksrstopitonobilamenteyakkaanteelinguekitonpausbacrocodilemmadiemadilemma *)


*)Here the typographer went stark raving mad and threatened a general strike, should he be forced to set any more Kuhgewitter (Cowweather). 

(from; Pppppp: Kurt Schwitters Poems, Performance, Pieces, Proses, Plays, Poetics )


Charles Crumb removes all distinguishability between letters and reduces punctuation.

A next logical step towards total insanity might be to remove spacing and expression, reducing the text to a line-based grid
 __________  __________
 ______  ______________
 ___________________  _

However I'd say the real difference between Crumb and Schwitters here is that Schwitters is frisky jumping up and down the continuum whereas Crumb is forever glued to a fixed point.

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