Plural imagination: diversity in mind and making

MacKisack, M., Aldworth, S., Macpherson, F. , Onians, J., Winlove, C. and Zeman, A. (2022) Plural imagination: diversity in mind and making. Art Journal, 81(3), pp. 70-87. (doi: 10.1080/00043249.2022.2110444)

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The experience of visual mental imagery—seeing in the mind’s eye—varies widely between individuals, but perhaps because we tend to assume our own way of thinking to be everyone’s, how this crucial variation impacts art practice, and indeed art history, has barely been addressed. We seek to correct this omission by pursuing the implications of how artists with aphantasia (the absence of mental imagery) and hyperphantasia (imagery of extreme vividness) describe their working processes. The findings remind us of the need to challenge normative, universalizing models of art making and art maker.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Macpherson, Professor Fiona
Authors: MacKisack, M., Aldworth, S., Macpherson, F., Onians, J., Winlove, C., and Zeman, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Art Journal
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):2325-5307
Published Online:23 September 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Art Journal 81(3): 70-87
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300285Eye's MindFiona MacphersonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/R004684/1Arts - Philosophy