Asemic Languages

So Kanno + Takahiro Yamaguchi

Hironori Sakamoto

Artificial Intelligence Award for Digital Art, sponsored by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Asemic Languages

Characters are a means of visual communication and recording a language. Civilizations throughout the world have created various characters, which convey their culture and history. This project focuses purely on the form of the characters rather than their meaning. The characters have been learned by artificial intelligence (AI) not for their meaning but for their shape and patterns. AI has created and drawn lines that look like characters but do not have any meaning.

This work was publicized at the international art festival “Aichi Triennale 2016”. It was implemented by collecting handwritten artist statement or description of work of an extremely international group of 10 participating artists. By learning handwriting with one writer in each language, artificial intelligence collected information on the shapes of each character system, as well the idiosyncrasies of each writer, of a AI, to possess a plotter. The generated lines are written as if they meant something important, also look like trying to deceive.


Hardware: Macbook Pro, Arduino Mega, X-Y plotter, CamiApp S, Pen, Paper

Software: Arduino, Processing, Machine Learning program, SikuliX

Asemic Languages