Meeting a «phantasiologist» means answering the question: "What is imagination? Is there a history of imagination? Who has more imagination, adults or children? And where does the imagination come from? Is it female or male?"
Carrese deals with a full-time imagination [...] and is an inventor of phantasiologic games (linguistic, didactic, alphanumeric).
(from the Italian "Corriere del Mezzogiorno - Corriere della Sera", 7 febbraio 2012 )

Interdisciplinarity is the key word of the phantasiological laboratory, in which humanistic, scientific, recreational and artistic disciplines are [explored].
(from the Italian "Il Mattino", 1 novembre 2014)

This page describes Massimo Gerardo Carrese's workshops, courses, meetings and concerts

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The activities proposed by the author are for children (from 7 years old), teenagers and adults.
The keywords of his meetings are imagination, imagery and creativity: Carrese studies their scientific, humanistic, playful and artistic aspects.

He deals with fantasiology, an interdisciplinary study that deepens imagination, imagery and creativity in various disciplines and daily life (to learn more: here).

For over a decade, Massimo Gerardo Carrese has offered
in Italy and abroad original courses and training activities (from his interdisciplinary studies) and original workshops (he invents phantasiological games: linguistic, mathematical, artistic and musical games).

for schools of all levels, bookshops, cultural associations, libraries


duration: 1h 30m
recipients: tutti  / all ages 

What is imagination? What about imagery? What are their differences with creativity? Can you think without mental images? Do adults or children have more imagination? Where do ideas come from? Is a peacock creative? What is a refrigerator? How does the "7 everywhere" game work? What can be created from a basketball? Why does the word "BEAR" have four letters? Does imagination have rules?

Exercises, curiosities, oddities and much more in a unique interactive meeting in which the phantasiologist Massimo Gerardo Carrese presents his studies, phantasiological games and researches on imagination, imagery and creativity. A meeting to bring adults and children closer to the themes of fantasiology.


for universities, schools of all levels, cultural associations, bookshops

duration: 12h-20h
recipients: tutti / all ages

It is a course for adults, for teenagers and for children (the courses are differentiated) dedicated to the themes of imagination, imagery and creativity. 

Here we explore the themes of imagery (mental images), imagination (possibilities) and creativity (techniques and originality) seen in everyday life and in the humanities, scientific, recreational and artistic disciplines. From Plato to Bruno Munari, from Aristotle to Rosalind Franklin, from Dante to Italo Calvino, from Fred Forest to Annamaria Testa and Gianni Rodari, from Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Umberto Eco, from Kumi Yamashita to Flavia Mastrella and beyond up to the "seven keywords of phantasiology" (perception, association, imagery, imagination, daydream, creativity, reality). 

Massimo Gerardo Carrese analyzes with the participants fascinating and original arguments. Here the participant thinks, plays, shares, writes - to deepen his critical and emotional point of view on himself and on the world. 

The aim of the course is to introduce the participant to the themes of phantasiology, with phantasiological games, interactive exercises and interdisciplinary topics useful for re-discovering surprises (wonders) and disorientations (anxieties) that imagination, imagery and creativity reserve when explored with awareness in our daily lives.



for universities, schools of all levels, bookshops, cultural association

duration: 3h
recipients: bambini dai 7 ai 10 anni / children from 7 to 10; adulti / adults
number of participants allowed: min 10 max 25

The workshop is dedicated to the phantasiologic games (linguistics, artistics and mathematicals games). It is an original and involving interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to the discovery of imagination (the possible), imagery (mental images) and creativity (techniques and originality) as seen in everyday life and in main disciplines that structure human knowledge.

Here we play with ourselves and think about the various possibilities of the world, which we often cannot see. We play with words, numbers, sounds and images. We play with phantasiological games like Zoomimetismi, E-tre, Alfabetici circolari, Quadrati pentavocalici, il 7 ovunque, Poesie ludorimiche e fonosimboliche, Ortinti segni, Rompicapi spaziali….We play to obtain apparently impossible creations, such as binoculars from a common basketball (without cutting the ball!) or a chair built in the shape of a remote control. 

Why do we play? To see, learn, discover, doubt, share wonders in a series of original activities designed to look at words, numbers and everyday objects with renewed eyes.





duration: 1h
recipients: tutti / all ages

Presentation of Massimo Gerardo Carrese's phantasiological works. Interactive meeting on the author's works.

Here to learn more




duration: 3h
recipients: all ages
participants: min 10 max 30

Walking in place in a phantasiological way means seeing the possible, above all, and the impossible, after all.

This activity can be associated with Alfabetario dei Luoghi




duration: 1h

live instruments: electric guitar, bass, synthesizers, wind instruments
genre: improvisation (extracts 12; 3)

to learn more: 




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