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.

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"Wow! Congratulations! Let's go for a drink"

On 21 July 2013 voters in Japan handed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a resounding victory in Japan’s upper-house election, ending a gridlocked parliament and giving him one of the strongest political mandates for a Japanese leader in years. Roxane van Beek (the PAI Graphic Columnist) shares her opinion on this recent electoral triumph of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in her most recent column,
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Homosexual propaganda

'Homosexual propaganda' is the term the Russian government used recently to refer to any printed matter or media that they considered gay-related. In an attempt to gain in influence by appealing to conservatives, LGBT 'propaganda' was banned. This idea of the LGBT community as a kind of dark regime, spreading its tempting propaganda to lure in innocents, made me wonder what actual 'homosexual propaganda'
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Prostitutes and Policy

We generally feel protected and respected by our political systems and our voices within them. These systems should not be liable to discrimination or lapse in judgment the way individual people can be – but, being governed by people, this is still often the case. One example of this is the way policy on prostitution is decided: based on the legislators' ideas about sexual morality, with
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Graphic Column - Questions about Some Women's Bodies trilogy

PAI's Graphic Columnist Roxane van Beek started her Questions about Some Women's Bodies-collage trilogy in March with The Sphinx.Part 2, Our Saints and the final part, The Dragonslayer are now available full size on the Political Arts website. Questions about Some Women's Bodies-trilogy part 2, Our Saints Questions about Some Women's Bodies-trilogy part 3, The Dragonslayer
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Graphic Column - The Sphinx

The Sphinxby Roxane van Beek - PAI Graphic Columnist Click on the image for a full size version
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Collages by Roxane van Beek

Roxane van Beek, PAI's Graphic Columnist is back with 3 collages inspired by events of the past few weeks.Full sized versions of the collages and earlier graphic columns are here: http://www.politicalarts.org/column.html01. "Put up Your Hands for the Men with the Guns"02. "America only needs Two Parties: the Right One and the Wrong One"0.3 "Hunger is a Two-sided Sword of Gold"
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Graphic Column - Guns make kids targets

Below a new edition of PAI's Grahic Column by Roxane van Beek.'Guns make kids targets'Earlier Columns by Roxane are here
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A tally of 162 faces for 162 deaths in Gaza

No one seems to know the precise death count for sure. When someone said “one hundred and sixty-two” it was a precise number, so I stuck to that for this drawing. This is because the news is the worst when they say how many people were killed and they only need three seconds to say it.A small drawing of a human face doesn't say very much about a human life. Each face required individual
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US Elections 2012

A new contribution from Roxane van Beek, the PAI graphic columnist for this academic year.Roxane warms us up for the US presidential elections Graphic Columnist Style!A bigger version of this column and earlier graphic columns can be found here.
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New: PAI's Graphic Column

PAI is delighted to present you its first graphic column. During the course of an academic year, an aspiring (young) artist will share her/his artistic view on politics with the PAI audience by means of a drawing, collage, photograph, etc.PAI is exited and honoured to have Roxane van Beek as its first Graphic Columnist.Her first contribution and short biography can be seen on the Graphic Column page
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