With Carrese's phantasiology we are educated to see things behind things and 
to read signs, letters and surprising alphabets in the shape of the world.

M.E.M.O.RI. - Matera European Capital of Culture 2019


Fantasiology is an ongoing study, a research that deals mainly
with three faculties (imagination, imagery and creativity) and their 
scientific, humanistic, playful and artistic relationships. 
TvSette.net 2022

Phantasiology, a study that uses approaches from psychology, philosophy, literature, visual arts and other disciplines to understand the role and importance in human life of imagination, understood as a tool for knowledge and not as an escape from reality. 
Cronache della Campania 2024

Massimo Gerardo Carrese (pictures of  Paolo Martino, 2019)

You are a fantasiologist and scholar of fantasiology: can you explain in detail what this is all about?

I study and live on fantasiology, I am a professional fantasiologist. In practice, I have been an independent researcher since 2001 and I delve into the scientific, humanistic, ludic and artistic aspects of imagination, imagery and creativity with bibliographic and field research and comparisons with scholars from various fields. I train and promote courses of fantasiology and workshops too in universities, schools and social contexts. For 20 years I have been organising meetings on fantasiology throughout Italy with adults and children. I work as a consultant and support foundations and public and private organisations that want to innovate and improve their performance through an understanding of phantasiological processes and I create projects for their needs. I write, play and invent numerical, linguistic and artistic fantasiological games to understand the issues of imagination, imagery and creativity from other perspectives and try to make them accessible to all. (Piazza Navona, 5 April 2024)


Massimo Gerardo Carrese is a fantasiologist and has been working professionally with fantasiology since 2006. Over time, he has given to fantasiology an unprecedented methodological guise, so that it could become an investigative tool to verify the complexity of thinking in relation to IMAGINATION, IMAGERY and CREATIVITY. Specifically, he identified the following key words to structure the interdisciplinary field of fantasiology: perception, association, imagination, fantasy, reverie, creativity, reality, deepened in his writings and meetings.

For Massimo Gerardo Carrese, 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 necessary to study perception, association, daydream, reality.

Since 2006 he has been presenting his studies and research on fantasiology all over Italy (and also abroad, especially with his publications). He has written numerous works on the subject and has lectured at various universities, schools and social events.

Since 2017 he is the creator and organiser of the Fantasiological Festival, with guests of national and international importance.

PRESS REVIEW on fantasiology (since 2006).

Massimo Gerardo Carrese in the "Plastic War" documentary, 22 July 2021 RAI 2, produced by RAI Documentari. With the photographer Giovanni Izzo


«I began my study on fantasiology by researching the etymological nature of this word which includes the suffix “-logia” recalling the concept of a study, and the word “phantasia”, from the Greek phàinō, meaning to show, to make manifest. The word "phantasiology" already exists in an eighteenth-century text and is mentioned by Derrida, among others, but not as a study of the critical analysis of imagination and imagery. On the contrary, I intended it precisely as a critical study, attempting to give fantasiology a methodological guise and also to identify a professional reference figure, the phantasiologist, who would deal with these [...] faculties with a solid basis, bibliographical references and precise research. The words imagination, imagery and creativity have a history that concerns authors from the scientific, humanistic, artistic and ludic fields. Therefore it is not possible to speak of these [...] faculties only for personal opinion, but it is necessary to study their history and technical aspects.»
School of Journalism of University of Naples “Suor Orsola Benincasa” (Interview, July 2021)


Massimo Gerardo Carrese - Phantasiology Festival (2017)



What is phantasiology? VIDEO youtube (ITA/ENG)


(Massimo Gerardo Carrese) - Phantasiology Festival

Festival Fantasiologico 2018 (with Furio Honsell) - Phantasiology Festival

Festival Fantasiologico 2018 (with Cinzia Crisci della Libreria "Che Storia" di Caserta) - Phantasiology Festival

Meeting/workshop on phantasiology (2015)

Festival Fantasiologico 2017 (with Flavia Mastrella e Antonio Rezza) - Phantasiology Festival

Meeting/workshop on phantasiology 2020

Meeting/workshop on phantasiology 2006

Meeting/workshop on phantasiology 2015

Meeting/workshop on phantasiology 2008

"Alfabetario dei Luoghi", 2017 (with Elisa Regna) - Meeting/workshop on phantasiology 2017

Meeting/workshop on phantasiology 2015

Meeting/workshop on phantasiology 2016

Meeting/workshop on phantasiology 2019

Training courses on phantasiology 2016

Training courses on phantasiology 2017

Other pictures



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