Extreme Imagination: Inside the Mind's Eye

Extreme Imagination: Inside the Mind's Eye
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

When: 30 March 2019 to 02 June 2019
Where: Gallery 22, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon EX4 3RX
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Suitable for: Any age

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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