The Augmented Writing Project

Alessandro De Francesco




"To talk is not to see. To talk frees thought from this optical need subjecting since millennia the traditional western approach to things and driving our thought to rely on light or to feel threatened by the absence of light".
Maurice Blanchot, L'entretien infini










Augmented Writing is a language art project and a writing method.

Each Augmented Writing object contains multilingual digital text and hand-written material. The text comes from web news, virtual reality environments, social networks, but also poems, transcriptions of speeches and dialogues with people, etc.


Augmented Writing builds up emotionally dense, multi-layered narratives through a verbal material that is processed under a radically iconoclastic political and cognitive perspective.


The augmented writing is a sort of new literary genre, halfway between poetry, conceptual art and storytelling. Through its complex verbal structures, Augmented Writing changes the paradigm of narration and asks the reader-observer to develop specific reading techniques.

Augmented Writing is made to be printed on high-quality paper with different formats, but it can also be printed on other surfaces such as books, panels, walls and ceilings, etc.


Artists, architects, critics, philosophers and scholars having written on Augmented Writing include Brunella Antomarini, Judith Balso, Robert Cahen, Giulio Carmassi, Belle Cushing, Jean Daive, Jeremy Fernando, Jean-Marie Gleize, Alfonso M. Iacono, Paolo Ingrosso, Massimiliano Manganelli, Giulio Marzaioli, Marco Mazzi, Nina Parish, Fabien Vallos, Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei, Sandrine Wymann and Caroline Zekri.


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