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 phantasiologic 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 and meetings

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The activities proposed by the author are for children (from 7 years old), teenagers and adults.
Imagination, imagery and creativity: Carrese studies their scientific, humanistic, ludic and artistic aspects.

He deals with fantasiology, an interdisciplinary study that deepens imagination, imagery and creativity in various disciplines and daily life.

Massimo Gerardo Carrese proposes original EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENTIAL MEETINGS IN FANTASIOLOGY. He invents phantasiologic games of linguistic, mathematical, musical, artistic nature. These games are practical tools to better understand fantasiology that also involves the faculties of perception, association and daydream.

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



duration: 1h 30m
recipients: all ages 

What is imagination? What about imagery? What are their differences with creativity? What is phantasiology (or fantasiology)? Can you think without mental images? Who has more imagination, adults or children? Where do ideas come from? How does the "7 everywhere" game work? What can be created from a basket ball? Why does the word "BEAR" have four letters? Does imagination need rules? The meeting introduces the scientific, humanistic, playful and artistic differences of imagination, imagery and creativity.

Exercises, curiosities, oddities and much more in an original interactive meeting in which the phantasiologist (fantasiologist) Massimo Gerardo Carrese presents his studies, phantasiologic games and researches on imagination, imagery and creativity. It's a meeting to bring adults and children closer to the themes of fantasiology. 




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

duration: 3h
recipients: children from 7 to 10 years old; teenagers; adults
number of participants allowed: min 15 max 30

The meeting introduces fantasiology (or phantasiology), the critical and analytical study of imagination (possibility), imagery (mental images), creativity (technique and originality).

Three faculties of the mind indispensable to our daily living and feeling and fundamental to the understanding of the world. Yet, often and for a long time, imagination, imagery and creativity are faced without accuracy and competence but superficiality: they are naively described as free, unregulated activities, linked to vague and random stimuli, destined to escape from reality. Imagination, imagery and creativity are, on the other hand, something else.

The phantasiological laboratory is dedicated to the re-discovery of imagination, imagery and creativity. It explores the scientific, humanistic, playful and artistic themes of imagination, imagery and creativity in an original, engaging way and through phantasiologic games (linguistic, mathematical, artistic) conceived by the author.

During the workshop activity the participant thinks, plays, shares, writes, smiles, questions, acquires practical and theoretical tools to deepen his critical and emotional gaze on himself and the world.

Massimo Gerardo Carrese offers interactive exercises and interdisciplinary reflections (with bibliographical references) to re-discover surprises (wonders) and disorientations (anxieties) that reserve the imagination, imagery and creativity when explored with awareness.



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