Massimo Gerardo Carrese. Meeting on Fantasiology. January 2022
(on the left: "D", a phantasiologic game - linguistic, mathematical, gestural - invented by the author. Ngurzu Edizioni)

The activities proposed by the phantasiologist Massimo Gerardo Carrese are for children (from 7-8 years old), teenagers and adults. Imagination, imagery and creativity: Carrese studies their scientific, humanistic, ludic and artistic aspects.

He deals with Fantasiology (or Phantasiology), an interdisciplinary study that deepens imagination, imagery and creativity in various disciplines and daily life.

Massimo Gerardo Carrese proposes EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENTIAL MEETINGS IN FANTASIOLOGY. He invents phantasiologic games of linguistic, mathematical, artistic nature. These games are practical tools to better understand aspects and functions of faculties such as imagination, imagery and creativity. 

Fantasiology (more) also involves reality and the faculties of perception, association and daydream. Carrese focuses on imagination, imagery and creativity: how they work in everyday life and how they are discussed in the scientific and humanistic, ludic and artistic disciplines.
He offers consultations on Fantasiology to individuals, private companies and public administration institutes. 

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)

* 2022 July and August. MATERA. LA CRIPTA DEL PECCATO ORIGINALE and Fantasiology

“Reflections and interactions on the main functions of imagination, imagery and creativity in relation to the place. Preview presentation, among my other site-specific interventions, of the fantasiologic device 'The red flower of Matera', a game of shapes designed to open connections with the landscape, the Crypt’s history and potential. "


* 2022 July. CASERTA (South Italy). SHORT STORIES and FANTASIOLOGY. 
Le regole di questi mondi (pièdimoscaedizioni) by Carlo Sperduti.


Relations between Fantasiology and Short Stories
Massimo Gerardo Carrese's notes for the book presentation Le regole di questi mondi by Carlo Sperduti
1 - 2 July 2022
©2022 Massimo Gerardo Carrese

* 2022 June. ANCONA (ITALY). DESIGN and Fantasiology.  

State Tactile Museo Omero and Design Collection.  

Museo Tattile Statale di Ancona, Collezione Design. April 2022. 
Massimo Gerardo Carrese next to the work Paradise Tree (by Oiva Toikka) associated with his audio fantasiologic poem "Vita nella Foresta"


foto: Collezione design (dal sito del Museo)

* 2022 June. BOLOGNA. ACCESSIBILITY and FANTASIOLOGY. Dialogue with Fabio Fornasari, architect and museologist. For the Fornasari's "Cyclops" (see pic) in SalaborsaLab, Carrese has written FIVE EXERCISES ON IMAGINATION (forthcoming) some of which have been discussed at the event:

Fabio Fornasari and Massimo Gerardo Carrese



©2022. "Il cane", gioco fantasiologico. Proprietà intellettuale di Massimo Gerardo Carrese

"What is the relationship between sport and imagination? Does imagination help us to be more empathic? Is creativity technique or improvisation? 
Is it useful or necessary to be predisposed to amazement? What do sports tools reveal to us? Does that dog silhouette (see pic) have to do with the game of basketball?


*2022 MAY. Puzzles and Fantasiology. Tentativi di enigmi is the book written by the puzzle and rebus maker Nicola Aurilio "Ilion". Massimo Gerardo Carrese is the author of the introductory fantasiologic essay "Homo enigmaticus". 

©2022. Pictures of Vittorio Vola. Nicola Aurilio (Ilion) and Massimo Gerardo Carrese (Algernon)


*2022 May. INDIRE – the National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research. Fantasiologic workshops at the School "Brigida" in Termoli (Italy). 


* 2022 April, PASSPORTA. Photographic multimedia exhibition by Giovanni Izzo. SlideDoors Salerno - New York (SlideTheWorld).

*2022 marzo. FANTASIOLOGY and SLIDEDOORS (SlideTheWorld).

* 2022 March, Benedictine MONASTERY of Villa Santa Croce (CE).

Prototype. Carrese's phantasiologic game on the Benedictine Monastery
* 2022 March, Farm "La Sbecciatrice" of Villa Santa Croce (CE).

"Villa Santa Croce", a phantasiologic game called "ortinto segno" on their farm history


* 2021 April, RAI documentary on plastic. "Plastic War".


*2019 Matera's European Capital of Culture. With M.E.M.O.RI. Museum of Re(f)used Objects. With Kaori Kato (artist), Fabio Fornasari (architect).


* 2019 December, SlideDoors at MANN, Naples National Archeological Museum. Presentation of the essay "The poetic ray" by
Massimo Gerardo Carrese (SlideTheWorld), and the first connection of SlideDoors.

* 2017-2018 Phantasiologic Festival. More info here

Furio Honsell (mathematician) and Massimo Gerardo Carrese (fantasiologist)

Beppe Finessi (architect)

Franco Pepe (Pepe in Grani) and Massimo Gerardo Carrese (fantasiologist)

Ennio Peres (mathematician)

Antonio Rezza (performer), Flavia Mastrella (artist), Massimo Gerardo Carrese (fantasiologist)

*2018 “DEL TUO STESSO APPARIREdi Elisa Regna (photographer).


*2017 PAOLO PUDDU (artist), “Follow the shape”, Castel Sant’Elmo (Napoli) – Braille railing here.



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



duration: 1h 30m
recipients: all ages 

What is imagination? What is imagery? What is creativity? And fantasiology? Can you think without images? Does an adult or a child have more imagination? Where do the ideas come from? How does the "7 everywhere" game work? What comes out from a basketball? Why does the word "BEAR" have four letters? Does imagination have rules? Is there a "story of imagination"?

Massimo Gerardo Carrese presents his studies and introduces, in an original interactive meeting, the themes of fantasiology and the scientific, humanistic, ludic and artistic differences of imagination, imagery and creativity. He presents reflections, exercises and his own fantasiologic games (linguistics, mathematicals, artistics).




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

Fantasiology is the critical and analytical study of the scientific, humanistic, ludic and artistic aspects of imagination (the possible), imagery (mental images) and creativity (technique and originality). Imagination-imagery-creativity are the three essential words of fantasiology but to fully understand them, it is also necessary to study perception, association, daydream, reality.

From the SEVEN KEYWORDS OF FANTASIOLOGY Massimo Gerardo Carrese introduces a theoretical and practical analysis of imagination, imagery and creativity.

The fantasiologic workshop invites to surprise (wonder) but also to disorientation (restlessness), two events that inevitably reserve the faculties of imagination, imagery and creativity when they become tools for re-knowing oneself and the world.

Massimo Gerardo Carrese proposes an interdisciplinary path, with bibliographic references, reflections, exercises and linguistics, mathematicals and artistics games invented by him.

The fantasiologic workshop is an experimental laboratory with methodologies such as problem solving, cooperative learning, group work, individual work, field research and new approaches.





More info here



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