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a MATTER of transFORMation

Anthony Viscardi
Journal of Architectural Education (1984-)
Vol. 58, No. 4 (May, 2005), pp. 18-23
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40480567
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

Gaston Bachelard contends that two types of imagination inform the creative process: a formal imagination and a material imagination. Formal causes stem from intuitive and associative image production, and lead to a process of conceptualization that provides the analytical tools to create an object. Material imagination is provoked solely and directly from our immediate confrontation and manipulation of matter. These images may be assigned category by the eye but only the hand truly reveals them.

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