The idea or concept of asemic writing can be applied to just about anything that is usually ‘read’. This might include correspondence, poetry, painting, drawings, diagrams, maps, books, comics, newspapers, charts, instructions, or anything else that one might usually read or interpret for information that is beyond the thing being studied. When applied, this helps us to see what the visual elements are that contribute to the ‘reading’ without getting lost in the thing the document is pointing to, the thing it represents. As the saying goes, ‘the map is not the territory’ and this confusion between the thing seen and the thing it is pointing to is what asemics is focused on, to help the reader stay with the actual work and study it for what it is, not for what it is representing.
The map below comes from HERE