THE VISIONARY IS BOTH, A PROPHET AND A POET. THE INAUGURAL DIMENSION OF THE VISION HAS AN ASSUMPTION OF PASSIVITY
Very well, but the disorder of the Imagination presupposes at least its existence, and what these men of theoretical knowledge are unaware of is the intermediary character of the Imagination, which places it at once in the sensible and the intelligible, in the senses and in the intellect, in the possible, the necessary and the impossible, so that it is a “pillar” of the knowledge, the knowledge that is gnosis (ma’rifa), without which there would be only a knowledge without consistency. HenryCorbin
It’s imagination only mental lucubration or an intermediate world between thought and being? Intermitence of two worlds? on the other hand image, hence imagination, means exactly imitor and magic … a sort of double root.
Cesare Battelli is an Italian artist and architect. He is mainly dedicated to research and experimentation in the field of visionary art and architecture, as well as to the realisation of architectural projects at different scales. He has taught, held various workshops and served as a jury member at numerous universities such as the Politecnico di Milano, Ie, Etsam, Esne, Nebrija, Iuav, AA, Guc, Alba, Uba, Vanvitelli University, etc. and curator of international competitions. He graduated from the Iuav in Venice with an architectural project developed in Moscow and holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule in Frankfurt under the guidance of Enric Miralles and Peter Cook. He has travelled and worked in several European countries (Venice, Moscow, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Madrid). He has written articles for various architecture magazines such as A.E., Novalis, Utopica, Urban Signs, Metalocus etc. and has lectured at many European universities. In 1998, he co-founded the ‘Einander Group’ and later the ‘Meta-morphic Group’ until 2001, when he embarked on a solo career by founding his own research platform Visionary-Architecture, maintaining some collaborative relationships with EMBT, of which he was a collaborator in the Nearly Ninety project for Merce Cunningham, curator of the 4 cuartos exhibition and several publications. His projects, collaborations and writings since the early nineties have been published in the following magazines: El Croquis, Architectural Monographs (AD), DiseñoInterior, Frame, Space and Architecture, Architecture Chronicle and History and various digital magazines or architecture blogs such as Icarch, ArchitectMagazine, TheConversation, Urban Signs and Metalocus. He is currently a researcher at the UAH University in Alcalá, Madrid.
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