from the left: Massimo Gerardo Carrese (fantasiologist), Letizia Casuccio (General Manager of Coop Culture), Paolo Giulierini (Director of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples),
Paolo Chiarolanza (Co-founder of SlideWorld and Director of the European Human Development Council)
WHO IS THE PHANTASIOLOGIST?
M. G. C. [Massimo Gerardo Carrese, ed.] has a typical expert and scholar name (thanks to the suffix -logo, of Greek origin), which concerns him directly. He defines himself as a phantasiologist, "scholar of stories and characteristics of imagination and imagery". It must be said that's a nice name. [...] Since the activity of the phantasiologist is related to the idea of game and, in particular, of the linguistic game, we can argue that the name and the activity represent a fun and intelligent glimmer in times of talkative and of often fatal actions. [...]
From the online Treccani Encyclopedia, by the lexicographer Silverio Novelli
©2016 "Amare enigmi" - fantasiological postcard by Massimo Gerardo Carrese
"Fantasiologist (or phantasiologist)": is that a word invented by Massimo Gerardo Carrese? No. However, Massimo Gerardo Carrese conceived the professional figure of the phantasiologist: the scholar who analyzes and explores the scientific, humanistic, playful and artistic aspects of imagination, imagery and creativity.
A bit of history
Already in 1987 the word "phantasiologist" had appeared in an interview on the Italian review "Panorama": «[...] edited by Gianni Guadalupi, a 'phantasiologist', as he defines himself since he invented his specialization, that of modern discoverer of exotic journeys [...] How did your passion as a 'phantasiologist' begin? [...]."
A magnificent activity that of Guadalupi as a "modern discoverer of exotic journeys" but as subsequently understood by Carrese, the figure of "the phantasiologist" is linked to that of the scholar who analyzes the characteristics of imagination, imagery and creativity.
Today the word "fantasiologist" (many of the results are referred to the Italian word "fantasiologo") appears on Internet and in Italian newspapers to indicate, in 99% of searches, Massimo Gerardo Carrese's job.
does a phantasiologist do?
Specifically, Massimo Gerardo Carrese deals with phantasiology, a study that deepens the differences and scientific, humanistic, ludic and artistic aspects of imagination (possibilities), imagery (mental images) and creativity (techniques and originality) [here to learn more].
As a phantasiologist, he carries out consultancy activities for companies and promotes meetings, lessons and training courses for adults and children, in the social, university and school fields. He writes essays and invents phantasiologic games (linguistic, mathematical, artistic and musical).
Who is a phantasiologist useful to?
The professional figure of the phantasiologist is useful to all. As practiced by Massimo Gerardo Carrese, it's a job oriented to the critical knowledge of imagination, imagery and creativity. Three faculties often debased to mental activities close to vagueness, abstractness, unreasonableness, childish circumstances or exclusive practices of artists and "geniuses". Instead, there is much more than you might think. However unusual it may seem, imagination, imagery and creativity have been studied for a long time, from Plato to Bruno Munari, from Aristotle to Patricia Meyer Spacks and beyond.
can you become a phantasiologist?
Let's face it: there is no school to achieve the title of phantasiologist. We become phantasiologists with independent learning but, like any other serious and responsible activity that has people as targets, Massimo Gerardo Carrese's job is also subject to verification. Who controls his work and how? Teachers of all levels, school managers, university professors, booksellers, librarians, parents, children, social workers, students, scholars, artists, employees, ordinary people....They find, in the practice of their activity and in their daily life, that Carrese's studies and researches base on provable, rational and concrete aspects. The phantasiologist Carrese always demonstrates the arguments he deals with: it is precisely this demonstration that is subjected to verification, as the results produced by his meetings and courses he realizes in the university, school and social fields, with adults and children.
Just because Carrese's studies, games and researches are verifiable, his activity is questionable with intelligence and never with prejudice.
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