IMAG-E-NATION the political & philosophical arts initiative blog


(re)imagining the political and philosophical in the 21st century


The Political & Philosophical Arts Initiative is interested in the ways in which people interact with and compose political and philosophical ideas and actions through the various, diverse media of technology and the arts. Participants in PAI seek to explore the ways in which poetry, literature, music, photography, performance and other creative arts interleave with the political and philosophical life, either as vehicles for criticism, elaboration, theorization, intervention or activism.
The Imag-e-nation blog is a forum for interested parties to share stories, images or other contributions. Contributors range from students and faculty to artists and musicians to professional and casual commentators. Pieces can be short opinions, re-postings of appropriate materials, or original compositions. In addition, the PAI at LUC will make a selection of relevant or provocative news items each week for (re)publication here.

Inquiries:
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おたくのビデオ? Animockumentary @ Nutshuis on 4 June

Join our Political Artist-in-Residence for a screening of Otaku no Video and a discussion of anime fan culture at The Nutshuis in the evening of Wednesday 4 June!
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Soviet animation: Winnie, Dorothy, and Alice politicised

To rival Disney Studios, the USSR cartoon industry took off in the 1930s with what might, at first sight, appear as mere imitation.  Without the pressure of capitalism and with generous state support, however, Soviet animation enjoyed a rare naïveté which continues to resonate with a now world-wide audience.  Made for the people rather than for commercial competition in a global
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Sign up now for Political Arts Residency masterclasses in June!

Dr. Lien Fan Shen, our Political Artist-in-Residence 2014, will share the political contexts, analytical frameworks, and artistic practices which shape her award-winning comic books and academic inquiry into gender identity, digital culture, and creative expression over three masterclasses on 4, 11, and 18 June.  The series is free of charge, with all texts and art supplies provided,
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Artist-in-residence masterclass series: Explore female masculinity and create manga this June!

Dr. Lien Fan Shen, our Political Artist-in-Residence 2014, will share the political contexts, analytical frameworks, and artistic practices which shape her award-winning comic books and academic inquiry into gender identity, digital culture, and creative expression over three masterclasses on 4, 11, and 18 June.  The series is free of charge, with all texts and art supplies provided, and welcomes
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"Making art is like speaking in tongues"

Conceptual artist Alicia Eggert creates kinetic, electronic, and interactive sculptures to move with time and play with direct, verbal communication.  From the de- and re-construction of minute- and hour-hands of mechanical clocks to capture the ineffability of eternity to guerilla sculpture tours which bring her message to an unsuspecting audience, the evangelical upbringing of this atheist artist
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Introducing our Political Artist In Residence 2014!

Celebrating the launch of the inaugural Political Arts Residency at Leiden University, this video introduced an audience of students, academics, professionals, and diplomats on 2 December 2013 to the work and inspiration of our first Artist In Residence: Dr. Lien Fan Shen.   The politics of sexuality, the complexities of gender (re)presentation, and the art of visualisation which will underpin
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Big Bang Big Boom

Blu, an Argentinian street artist, made a mesmerizing hand-painted stop motion graffiti animation. In this 2010 film, Blu's graffiti characters move freely across urban wastelands from painted walls to duct work to trash and other objects. Blu uses a simple theme of evolution in which to craft his street characters. Though it might initially come off as a bit grandiose, try not to take it too seriously.
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