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with Emma Nanetti and Annalisa Caputo


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fri 15 march 2019 alle h 17.00
Casa Cava
Via S. Pietro Barisano, 47 Matera (MT)
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with Emma Nanetti, Fondazione Collegio San Carlo di Modena, and Annalisa Caputo – University‘Aldo Moro’ of Bari

What is imagination - the human ability that children excel at and adults resign themselves to considering as a chi’s prerogative?

There is a wide range of possible interpretations of imagination that in some cases may even be contradictory. The concept of imagination is closely linked to fantasy, which may be even more difficult to define. It has been variously associated with whimsy, fiction and make-believe.
The word ‘whimsy’ easily recalls oddness and weirdness, which are typical features of imagination. The words ‘fiction’ and ‘make-believe’, instead, require a deeper investigation. It seems clear that the two words are in conflict – however veiled. And when we prefer one to the other, we choose between two different ideas about creativity in general.

Imagination – in particular children’s imagination – is a sort of sixth sense. When children use their imagination, they can see something that is invisible to adults, who hold onto their senses. Adults are cut out of the world of imagination because they have lost the key to it.

To grow up means to gradually lose the ability to see things from the corner of your eye. It means to find a place between two worlds: reality and imagination. As adults, we are used to looking at the world through the lenses of usefulness and efficiency. For adults a broom is just a broom, whilst children may use it as a makeshift mount, even though it has neither hooves nor a mane.

The theory of “the corner of the eye” accounts for our living in intermediary worlds – worlds that are similar to other worlds but are not their replicas. Through imaginative play, children imitate the real world and create universes of meaning where they start to understand what it is like to walk in other people’s shoes and to have relationships with the others and with the world.


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