a crop from a charcoal drawing with hands over a woman's eyes, a chalkboard with key words and a nude in fetal position

Extreme Imagination

Extreme Imagination on Tour

The Extreme Imagination: Inside the Mind’s Eye is the digital counterpart of twin exhibitions hosted in Tramway, Glasgow, and then Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter in 2019, organised by members of the Eye’s Mind Project.

Browse photos of those exhibitions and discover how the visitors responded to them.

photo of two white women deep in conversation, against a white wall of a gallery full of artwork that we can see in the online exhbition, as well as description writing in black on the wall. On the back wall in the background, comment cards are attached to a felt panel.

quote As a writer and designer with aphantasia, it has been great seeing art coming from the same place I create from! A speaker explaining aphantasia from the perspective of having aphantasia would have been excellent (and lessened a feeling of broken or otherness that I felt at the end). The fact that the exhibition + study even exists is brilliant, and very enjoyable, thanks! Visitor, Glasgow

semi-dark photograph of one of the exhibits in the Extreme Imagination exhibition presented as a white mannequin bust with an elaborate golden crown that looks like a halo with golden spikes and stars offset from the edge of the halo. In the background, partly obscured, exhibition explanatory black text on a white wall

slide with feedback text quote I don't visualise and for years I thought this was a lacking on my part, and I didn't understand why. Im artistic and design clothing so it seemed incongruous and strange. It's good to know there are others like me! It even has a name!  Visitor, Glasgow

a photograph of the interior of the exhibition with a figure with the back towards the viewer, raising his hand as to shield his eyes or take a drink. In background two images that can be viewed in the online exhbition (a black and white textile and a blue sparkling non-figurative painting) as well as the charcoal drawing of an eagle hang framed on a wall.

slide with feedback text quote I am 100% aphantasic, I found this exhibition really eye opening. I like how it is merging science and helping people to better understand themselves. Visitor, Glasgow

long panoramic view of the inside of the exhibition with four figures of different genders in front of white walls with artwork framed and hung up.

slide with feedback text quote I loved the exhibition! It's super interesting how each mind perceives things differently and that we can't possibly understand someone else's mind but art does a great job of coming close to it. This exhibition has inspired me to do some more research on the topic, so thank you!  visitor, Glasgow

long panoramic view of the inside of an exhibitoon space with one long white wall with artwork framed and hung and a back wall made out of stone with a vaulted window framed by darker blocks of stone. Two people talk to each other, partially facing the artwork hung on the wall

slide with feedback text quote I came back and went through it again, and the first thing I read was from one of the women who suffered a stroke, and lost her mind’s eye, and the way she was talking about the way she had to come back from that to do her art, it just got me! visitor, Exeter

wide image of an unconventional gallery space with white as well as stone walls, with a lot of people in small groups looking at pictures on the wall and discussing. In the foreground we can see the yellow cast lion

slide with feedback text quote Fascinating concepts and to learn how different people especially artists are able to use these skills daily. Good way to understand difference. visitor, Exeter

photo of two people in puffy jackets gathered close around an artwork framed and hung on a white wall. The artwork is a drawing print of a polar bear in the woods.

slide with feedback text quote It was interesting to learn about the differences between aphantasia and hyperphantasia - I always assumed visualisation was an important part of creativity/imagination, so learning that some people and even successful artists can't visualise images was very surprising. visitor, Exeter