Extreme Imagination: inside the mind’s eye

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

01392 265858
https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4112

Saturday 30 March 2019 – Sunday 02 June 2019
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10-5

When you daydream, remember, or think of someone you know, do you see a picture in your mind? Is it extremely clear and vivid, foggy or non-existent? If you had no image at all in your mind’s eye, would this affect your work if you were an artist? Extreme Imagination: inside the mind’s eye explores these questions through the work of 22 artists with aphantasia (no inner visual imagery) and hyperphantasia (its opposite). These new terms came out of research carried out by the University of Exeter Medical School in 2015, which identified the wide spectrum of variation in our imaginations. It became clear that artists, writers, architects and designers were not held back by an absence of internal visual imagery- far from it- and this has prompted a re-examination of the creative processes we all use. Come and explore your assumptions about the imaginative world of artists in this exhibition of paintings, videos, sculpture, millinery and more. Test the vividness of your own mind’s eye and challenge your preconceptions about how we use the imagination in art making. Arranged in collaboration with the University of Exeter Medical School with funding from the AHRC.

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