Man is an imagining being.Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Reverie. 1960. Gaston Bachelard was one of the great minds of our times. His prodigious ability, displayed in twenty-three books and expressed in subtle, suggested prose has produced the single most important body of thought in the recovery of imagination in the twentieth century. Beginning his intellectual career […]
An artist with a deep sense of working with the ‘poetic imagination, Helen Garrett discusses her work and the ‘conversation’ she has with her work during its creation. She asks “do these expressions of creativity come from the imagination or is the imagination a portal that opens this space and allows the conversation to occur?”
Sound Work 1 is a collaboration between Paul Schütze and Andrew Hulme of O Yuki Conjugate. It is the first in a series of releases documenting their ongoing sound design for film and installation works. This was created for one part of the Red Riding trilogy, a television adaptation of David Peace’s neo-noir thriller quartet.
A ‘visual’ article from artist and storyteller, Jessica Hines, in which she uses the camera’s inherent quality as a recording device to explore illusion and to suggest truths that underlie the visible world. At the core of her work lies an inquisitive nature inspired by personal memory, experience and the unconscious mind.
Clouds are often given a ‘bad press’ but, as the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society discusses, looking at clouds puts you in a frame of mind that involves embracing the fortuitous formations, the stimulation of the imagination and the creation of ideas.
The Pushkin Trust has become synonymous with creativity, inspiration and expression, encouraging both children and teachers to find their ‘Voice’. Its founder, The Duchess of Abercorn, discusses what role ‘imagination’ plays in this.
Metaphorical thinking — our instinct not just for describing but for comprehending one thing in terms of another, for equating I with an other — shapes our view of the world and is essential to how we communicate, learn, discover and invent. Brain Pickings founder and author, Maria Popova, discusses how children have an instinctive metaphor-making ability.
This article is a personal tribute to John Moat, where Patrick Harpur discusses, among others things, the transforming power of imagination in alchemy and ‘seeing’ the world through myth… “To see with the eye alone is to see the world as it appears; to see through the eye is to see the world as it is.”
Exploring the connection between memory, archetypal imagery and imagination, Jules Cashford suggests that we cannot simply ‘remember’ archetypal images in the way we remember a personal event in our past, but we can approach them only as symbols for which we need Imagination.
Is the Imagination a formative force, universally inclusive, whose failure to grasp it’s guiding and unfolding in the lives and ventures of every individual, and their society, and above all their education, amounts to a serious ‘missing of the mark’?