That something can be read is an implicit prerequisite. It accompanies the moment a book is opened. The afternoon-event From semic to asemic: writing-artists-books explores this premise. Marco Giovenale, Sara Davidovics and Giulio Marzaioli put the approach of “non-readability” up for discussion in lectures, performances and book presentation. The event is part of Rome – Dimensions of the book, the Summer School at Istituto Svizzero, Rome. The Summer School brings together artists, poets, cultural studies researchers and philosophers. It explores the temporal and spatial dimensions of books (form and materiality), which have evolved from the scroll through the codex to the electronic book. The Summer School discusses today’s tendency of asemic handwriting in the context of the history of books and letters and it explores how artistic perception and production are intertwined with the dimensions of the book.