In this strange period dominated by a sense of distance, together with my association L’Arca degli Esposti we decided to give life to a collective and shared dream: therefore I call out for all the artists, creatives, writers, poets, musicians, surrealists and ‘pataphysicists who follow this blog!

Our new project is called Inventarium, a real multimedia illustrated dictionary of Fantastic Gnosis, signed by contemporary artists who are invited to coin a term, define it and provide an iconic and / or audiovisual representation of it.

A surreal collection of figurative neologisms, of fantastic binomials and evocative connections which, following the lead of the Codex Seraphinianus (a fantasy encyclopedia written in asemic characters and illustrated by Luigi Serafini in the seventies, widely appreciated by notable authors such as Italo Calvino, Federico Fellini, Tim Burton, etc.), intends to map an alternative world dreamed and composed, piece by piece, by the artists.

A visionary enterprise that will take the form of a permanent and constantly evolving collective exhibition / encyclopedia, which can be consulted online on the association’s social channels and, in an organic way, on the association website.

Inventarium currently includes the following thematic/oneiric sections:

Impracticable Customs, Dictionary of Chimeric Fashion, Pataphysical Culinary Art
Fantastic Bestiary, Magical Herbarium, Anthology of Non-existent Fossils and Minerals
Insurrectional Physiognomy, Capricious Anatomy, Alchemy of Contemporary Ether
Atlas of Metaphysical Cities

Alongside the artists invited by the curators, sumbissions from every geographical area are welcome.
Contributions must be submitted via email at

So bring it on, unleash your imagination, invent new words and give them life through your works!

11 comments to Inventarium

  1. Fabio Cantamessa says:

    poi attendiamo la versione cartacea!

  2. -Paolo says:

    Bellissima idea! Vediamo se ora me ne viene una anche a me… Ciao e -come sempre- grazie!

  3. Andrea says:

    Ho comprato il Codex Seraphinianus giusto una settimana fa ed è spaventosamente affascinante.
    Ma quello che mi dà più da pensare è da dove arrivino le ispirazioni, tipo, nel libro è pieno di uova al tegamino e mi piace pensare che Serafini durante la scrittura per non perdere tempo si alimentasse per lo più di uova per il semplice fatto che sono nutrienti e ci vogliono due secondi a farle.

    • bizzarrobazar says:

      C’è un delizioso libriccino di racconti, completi di elucubrazioni filosofiche, sul tema: “E due uova molto sode”, di Giovanni Nucci.

  4. Debby says:

    Leggo sempre molto volentieri i tuoi articoli, non ne perdo uno! Trovo questo nuovo progetto molto interessante, credo che parteciperò, come per altri tuoi contest passati.
    Grazie per il tuo lavoro.

  5. Caterina says:

    Ha una scadenza questa call o è ongoing?

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