“A private noteboook of winds” featured by David Ebony in “Art in America” – May 2020

Trees work in the woods like words do in the poetical text. Exploring a book like this goes beyond the pure reader’s control and turns into a practice whose results are unpredictable. – Tim Wallington.

«Exploring asemic patterns found in nature, Berlin-based physicist, translator, and writer Federico Federici offers a meditation on trees and wind. This volume contains a wide variety of mark-making—from thin curved lines and printed text to thick smooth brushstrokes and small illustrations.»

A private notebook of winds, KDP/lulu.com, 2019 (Asemic-Eng), ISBN 979-8640410952 / 978-0244791414
The original of this book belongs to the Academy of Fine Arts Palermo artists’ book collection [1] [2]. Featured by David Ebony in «Art In America» May issue, 2020.
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Die Leere Mitte – Call for papers


Broadly accepted: Experimental and conceptual writing, theoretical papers, asemic and concrete texts, vispo, theorems, axiom collection, quantum weirdness, reviews of books addressing these topics and the like.
Texts: poetry (60 lines max. overall); prose (500-600 words max. overall). Format: Times New Roman 12; single line spacing; all in one .doc (no .docx) or .odt file. Languages: Catalan, Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish.
Visual: 1-3 B&W images. Format: jpg, tiff, png, 72-300 DPI.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, provided that the piece is withdrawn if accepted elsewhere, as well as previously published works when properly credited. Each issue will be free to download (.pdf). A printed version will be made available through lulu.com for collectors. No reading fee; no payment or complimentary copies to contributors at present. Authors assume responsibility for the originality, intellectual property rights and ethical implications of submitted works.

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Sedimental symbols

«In our description of nature, the purpose is not to disclose the real essence of phenomena but only to track down as far as possible relations between the multifold aspects of our experience.»
Niels Bohr, 1939

Physicists refer to properties of Nature, alias observables, by means of symbols which differ from purely mathematical notations since they must be experimentally validated, i.e. a definite procedure exists that assigns numbers to them. Nevertheless, phenomena may sometimes appear to be quite counterintuitive or rest on pure abstraction. Let it suffice to quote the well celebrated case of the elusive wave-particle dualism.
In Hamlet and his problems, Eliot wrote: «The only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an “objective correlative”; in other words, a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion; such that when the external facts, which must terminate in sensory experience, are given, the emotion is immediately evoked.»[1] Laying the scene thus addresses the expectation of immediacy and concreteness of emotion.
It may be stimulating to rephrase this “chain of events” in terms of the quantum principle of superposition: «the way of expressing any state of any microscopic system in the form of quantum physics is by finding a “superposition state”; in other words, a set of complex numbers and a maximal set of commuting observables which, combined together, shall conveniently define the formula of any state of that particular system; such that when the external devices, which must terminate in an experimental result, are given, the microscopic system is immediately set into a particular state». While not actually solving any potential excess of abstraction, it may help bridge the gap between symbols and “reality”. Continue reading “Sedimental symbols”

Smerilliana 23

Testi di Alterman, Benjamin, Cagnone, Canzone di Auliver | Uliana, Chobot, De Din, Donati, Federici, Fraire, Frasca, Galluccio, Gaudioso, Geldman, Graña, Kazartseva, Kommerell, Mancinelli, Melnick, Meloni, Meschonnic, Minerba, Ottonieri, Poldelmengo, Savarese, Scarpa Kos, Sirente, Tarozzi, Walser, Poetry Quartet | Centinaro, D’Angelo, Marota, Zamponi |||||| ORDER

breath data death

The breath data death work here presented follows the protocol of a standard research paper and offers the most accurate possible record of a textual kinetic installation. As extensively discussed in it, code poetry is addressed in many regards: a pure code, capable of driving a sensor to collect data from the environment; an allegedly working do-while loop, to account for the reading of the one-word poem 78 shifts of breathing; a LaTeX file, compiled to the pdf which the report consists of, exploiting specifically designed packages to produce the scatter plots and visual poems which, side by side, document the impact of the spoken word “breath” on air molecules.
The images in the results section do not actually exist as standalone ones. They are illegible strings of mathematical formulas seeded with the sampled voltage data and a small random parameter to add unlimited degrees of complexity and potentially generate new poetical arrangements every time the file is compiled.

Full project here:
ABC – avantgarde-boot-camp, «Perspektive», Sylvia Egger editor, 2020


In questi pomeriggi di sole, prendo spesso un foglio bianco e della carta vetrata, e mi siedo sotto un tiglio. Inizio a sfregare la superficie liscia senza bucarla, sino alle ossa sepolte, sino al reperto: un testo in tedesco da ricopiare con cura, strappato al silenzio.