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Are you an Art type with Aphantasia? (Musician, Artist, Writer, Dancer) I’d love to hear your stories!

Victoria Blue asked 3 weeks ago
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Hello everyone!

my name is Victoria Blue I play the French Horn am currently studying for my masters in music performance.

I learned I was Aphantasic just a couple of years again and ever since discovering this portion of my life, I’ve became more and more curious. This curiosity led me to choosing to pursue research into the effects of artistic studies on students with Aphantasia and a lack of an inner monologue. With this gained knowledge, I wish to forge a new approach to pedagogical practice to be more inclusive to these students and all students alike.

I am planning on focusing on this for my DMA cognate and would love to find Artist’s/Musician’s/Dancer’s/Writer’s/etc. that are Aphantasiac. I am also looking for others that are interested in the education and pedagogical side that would like to speak with me about any research they have come across. (Or even just to talk about where are good places to look into the subject!)

I look forward to hearing from anyone that would be interested in sharing their stories with me!

Tadeusz Ksiądzyna February 18, 2021 07:35 pm

ye, i’ jestm aphantas i jestem aktorem teatru lalek. Jeżli masz jakieś pytania pisz – [email protected]
MOD TRANSLATION:
yes, i’m aphantasic and I’m a puppet theater actor. If you have any questions, write to us – [email protected]

Victoria Blue replied 6 days ago

Hello!

I would love to discuss your artistic journey!

Before I email you, what is your preferred spoken language so I may translate correctly?

Thank you!

semioticneurotic February 22, 2021 03:55 am

Hi, I’m surely not a professional or anything, but I do like to create art. I’ve always known I had aphantasia, but it wasnt until maybe three years ago I learned of this term for it.

You can email me if you have any questions: [email protected]

Victoria Blue replied 6 days ago

Hello!

I will be reaching out via email to discuss your artistic interests!

Thank you for commenting

mokumhammer February 22, 2021 03:41 pm

I wouldn’t describe myself as a musician, but I enjoy playing & LOVE listening to music – passionately.

Almost to the point of obsessional. I love some forms of art – I enjoy looking (19th century French impressionists, for example). I love words, reading? Less so (reading doesn’t really ‘work’ with aphantasia), but I think, (though I never have actually tried!!) I could write. Cannot draw anything – especially from memory! Am a very self-conscious dancer – though have in recent years lost a few dancing inhibitions – here’s hoping to losing a few more!!!

Victoria Blue replied 6 days ago

Hello!

Thank you very much for reaching out!

I would love to discuss you artistic interests/journey! My email is [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Michael Healy March 01, 2021 04:23 pm

Hi,

I am a professional photographer and an amatuer writer.

Like yourself, I also learned I have aphantasia a couple of years ago.

My full time job is photographing ancient art / antiquity and have been writing a novel, on and off, for many years.

I enjoy reading (both actual and audio books) but am terrible at drawing or any other forms of art. I like listening to music but have never had any noteworthy experience of playing music myself. In regards to dancing, only occasionally and after a few too many drinks.

Don’t know if this would be any use to you?

Victoria Blue replied 6 days ago

Hello Michael!

I’d love to talk to you about your artistic journey if you are willing!

My email is [email protected]

Thank you for reaching out!

Uberlittleman March 02, 2021 11:09 pm

Hi Victoria,
I come from a line of artists, however I cannot draw or paint. The best I can do is stick figures unless I am copying directly and with extreme concentration.
I am however creative in other ways, I studied dancing (ballroom and rock& Roll), music (including violin, piano and guitar), writing (mainly poetry), acting and singing. I am also creative in the kitchen. I have been a sound engineer, lighting designer, a vision mixer and cameraman for live events.
I love/hate reading (I have Dyslexia) and mainly use audio books (since their discovery).
Feel free to reach out at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Jill Sluka March 04, 2021 03:42 am

I’m an artist with my MFA and I’m a professor of graphic design and fine art. I have Aphantasia. I never imagine pictures in my head. They just are. I feel like the information and creative flow are so fast that there is no need for images. Ever have someone secretly looking at you and you can just feel it and you turn and look? Thats how I imagine things. It is that quick and its like an understood energy that just is. If I slow it down to explain my thought then it is a verbal experience but without words when it is described to myself. So tell me to create a 4 eyed dragon , orange with 10 spikes, etc… and I never see it, as it just is – I can draw it too with no struggle.

KristyLynn McCormack replied 15 hours ago

This is beautifully described. I imagine things quite similarly, though I would say its more of a web of information that branches out, almost like water solidifying into ice as a snowflake where the details become more defined and known the longer I focus on it, but without any narrative or imagery attached to it unless I’m actively considering a question about the information to myself.

KristyLynn McCormack March 08, 2021 05:23 pm

Hello Victoria, I am Kristylynn. I’m currently working on a degree in New Media Art at SUNY Purchase. I’m also very interested in meeting other artists/musicians/writers who have aphantasia, and I’m open to sharing my experiences and stories. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find much research in my personal studies, though if you’re doing future research I’m willing to help as a participant.

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