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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Surviving Pathos: Diaspora and Displacement

 Slavoj Žižek, in his new book Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror, and Other Troubles with the Neighbours, tackles another controversy head-on:From within the safety of Europe, we face two versions of ideological blackmail—open-door solidarity with refugees and drawbridge-minded protectionism. Both prolong the problem—so, confronted with this double blackmail, we find ourselves
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Reading Bodies, Moving Words: Invitation for 8 March 2016

Following ORACLE in 2015, join us on Tuesday 8 March at Dansateliers in Rotterdam to celebrate International Women's Day this year!  Get ready to experience language and movement in the context of contemporary feminism (for everyone and everything) from 18:30 - 21:30 that evening, with conversations to continue afterwards over drinks.Here's a taste of what's
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What a colourful world...

To wish you a bright start to June, PAI brings you a collage of colours from different disciplines in various media around the world.  Click on each image for visual feasts to unfold!From Mons, France:"RGB Trattoria" by design duo Carnovsky for a trip(pi)ly luminous dining experience.From Milan, Italy:House of Memory, a civil rights centre designed byarchitects collective Baukuh, features
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REVOLUTION! this Thursday

A reminder to start bookmarking your favourite passages of radical philosophy and revolutionary poetry, for 'tis time for REVOLUTION! Join PAI and the international MA students of Leiden University's Institute for Philosophy for a night of revolutionary thought and poetry at De filosoof in The Hague.  Bring your philosophical and/or poetic weapon of choice to share over blood red wine
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What Is T̶h̶e̶ ̶C̶o̶m̶m̶o̶n̶ ̶G̶o̶o̶d̶? An academic, activist, artistic discussion on 22 April

Accompanying et al.’s installation For The Common Good, the Political Arts Initiative joins West Den Haag to investigate the conceptual and practical contours of “the common good”: what is common, what is good, and what are the challenges, opportunities, and caveats of defining a common good?  You are warmly invited to:What Is The Common Good?An interactive discussion amongst academic,
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Tagging beautiful moments: an all-weekend data party 11-12 April

Following PAI's collaboration with i4C to kick off Janne Willem's Seize Your Moments data weekend in February, Janne invites you to party with her team and thousands of beautiful moments collected from around the world this coming weekend in Utrecht!  Full details are here.Data analysis for Janne's project began on 20 February and has continued steadily over the weeks, with keen eyes and descriptive
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Site-specificity: soundscapes for Blueprint and terra nullius

Two new exhibitions open in The Hague this coming weekend: their respective interrogations of space and place promise to conjure visual rhythms and sonic imagery to accompany the recreative imagination of the artists and their audience.FOR THE COMMON GOOD @ WestNew Zealand collective et al. presents a new site-specific installation on Saturday 14 March, with an opening performance at 17:00 in collaboration
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This International Women's Day, all roads lead to...

...GEMAK (Paviljoensgracht 20-24, 2512 BP, The Hague).For an oraculous afternoon on Sunday 8 March 2015, come by between 15:00 - 17:00.ORACLE awaits...
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Seizing beautiful moments: Come tag with us on Friday 20 February!

Janne Willems is truly a trailblazer.  Equipped with some thousands of blank postcards and coloured pens, she set off on a world tour in 2013, aiming to collect 1000 illustrations of beautiful moments per continent from people she would meet on the street, in cafés, on trains, and various public spaces.  After travelling from as north as Tornio in Finland and as south as Invercargill
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Architecture and politics: Public Values and Revolutionary Traces

The spatial disciplines have long grappled with politics and the social imaginary.  According to Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, architects do not invent anything but rather transform reality; Dutch architect Michiel Riedijk more recently likens spatial design to the orchestration of the imagination.  The two events below afford those of us in The Netherlands a chance
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Art and autonomy: The Theory of Freedom and The New Fordist Manifesto

Bjørn Melhus kicks off 2015 in his signature style with "The Theory of Freedom":a cinema project anchoring a tripartite parallel presentation organised by West Den Haag, Art Rotterdam, and International Film Festival Rotterdam.  The film's world premiere took place in late January in Kunsthal Rotterdam (until 1 March), followed by an installation of Melhus's video works themed on the
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This is all I know

Dit is alles wat ik weet, Annabel Kanaar's first solo exhibition since she graduated with an MA in Artistic Research from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague last summer, opened on 8 January 2015 in De Nieuwe Regentes.  DNR's tearoom is perhaps an atypical space for an art show, but its cosy atmosphere reflects the artist's familiarity with the building (she grew up around this corner of The
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What dreams may come

Video still from Six Suns by Chai SirisThe fifth edition of Home & Away, a bi-monthly evening program at West which explores the locus and concept of home alongside the meaning of being away, took place in The Hague on 10 January 2015.  Featuring three videos by Thai artist Chai Siris, the guest bedroom on the top floor of the gallery hosted transient visitors who, bound by curiosity
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Mastering the tamed: experience the virtual ninja this Saturday!

Manga is coming to town! This reminder of Asiascape.org's Manga in/as Essay this coming Saturday 6 December in The Hague--featuring a spectacular exhibition of different styles of graphic storytelling from all over the world, a short and sweet seminar accompanying the launch of a graphic manifesto, and a spread of free edible and readable goodies--comes with an exclusive sneak peek of the Virtual Ninja
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A view from the balcony: sovereign expression in the 21st century?

How can we define the relationship between image and spectator if the borders between public and private space are fading - because are we not all out there in public? Are we not all on the balcony?MoMart's latest exhibition opened this past Amsterdam Art Weekend with an eye on Balconism, a new term coined by net artist Constant Dullaart to capture the insidious behavioural movements in visual culture
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Drawing home: (be)longing and (dis)place(ment)

In anticipation of Asiascape.org's one-day manga exhibition on 6 December 2014 (the proofs of the Virtual Ninja Manifesto, in the form of a graphic poem, look spectacular--grab your complimentary copy at the event!), here are some pictorially compelling moments from the not too distant past which invoke senses of home, as a physical and geographical location, a spatial and emotional concept, and
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Fashion House: the wearable architecture of Marga Weimans

The delightful polychromatic palace that is Groninger Museum, in addition to featuring the best of De Ploeg and choice canvases by Abe Kuipers, has been housing the first large-scale solo exhibition of Marga Weimans, an artist who is redefining fashion design and wearable culture in the 21st century.  As the exhibition comes to an end this sunny Sunday (23 November 2014), here is a visual celebration
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Rebooting the Bard: Shakespeare Fringe shakes up The Hague this 21 - 23 November

STET, The English Theatre of The Hague, presents "Rebooting the Bard": This will be the first of the Shakespeare Fringe Festival performance weekends which bridge the biennial Hague Shakespeare Festival, presented by STET, The Hague’s English language theatre. We are delighted to announce for this weekend a collaboration with the Spui Theatre’s exciting venue Zaal (Room 3) at de Constant Rebecqueplein
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The changing city: creative spatial analytics and dynamics

Celebrating human interaction in the built environment and pondering the future of cities, here are some recent activities and analytics from various corners of the world:LONDON: As part of the Constructing Worlds event series, the Barbican Centre challenged a group of photographers earlier this month to capture parkour enthusiasts in action against its Brutalist architectural backdrop.  Take
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Art takes the witness stand! Film and debate on 16 November

An event quizzing procedural and substantive justice, with various material and immaterial performances and implications, brought to us by See You in The Hague and Stroom Den Haag:Sunday November 16 2014, 16:00-17:30Screening of Susan Schuppli's Material Witness and final debateLocation: Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The HagueFree entrance, rsvp at reserveren@stroom.nl English spoken On
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Remember, remember, the fifth of November...

A burning reminder for artist Florian Göttke's lecture on political effigies--with an interactive discussion of political dissent, legitimacy, authority, and freedom of expression with curator Brigitte van der Sande and philosopher Cissie Fu--on Guy Fawkes Night this coming Wednesday!BURNING IMAGES, HANGING DISSENT5 November 2014, 18:00 - 20:00The Living Lab @ Schouwburgstraat 2, The HagueRegister
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Invitation: Manga Extravaganza on 6 December @ Pulchri Studio

Asiascape.org warmly invites you to a demonstration of the power and potential of manga as a medium for political and philosophical expression in contemporary societies.  This unique one-day exhibition will feature prize-winning, original manga from emerging artists, accompanied by a specially commissioned series from established professionals, including our Political Artist-in-Residence
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Burning Images, Hanging Dissent: Lecture on 5 November

Burning Images, Hanging Dissent5 November 2014, 18:00 - 20:00The Living Lab @ Schouwburgstraat 2, The HagueA lecture by artist Florian Göttke, with a response by curator Brigitte van der Sande and a discussion with the audience moderated by philosopher Cissie Fu.Brought to you by the Political and Philosophical Arts Initiative in collaboration with See You in The Hague and i4C Art-Active Lab,
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One Mind In A Million Heads: sounding out the 21st century

Volkspaleis 2014 opened resoundingly on Saturday 18 October, with The Hague's Zuiderstrandtheater--from the full depth of the theatre stage through the orchestra pit to the great hall--transformed into one colossal loudspeaker.  This site-specific installation, entitled One Mind In A Million Heads, is created by multidisciplinary and multimedia artist Konrad Smolenski and aims to challenge
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Femininity/Masculinity (re)visualized: more manga to come!

Missed the re-opening and reception of our touring artist residency exhibition last week? Catch the highlights here, and stay tuned for more manga on 6 December, when Beyond Utopia will feature its creative products, alongside Dr. Lien Fan Shen's storyboard for her residency project of an animated documentary on Taiwanese female masculinity and the winning entries of Asiascape.org's third manga competition,
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Justice in the city? Evidence goes on trial this coming Thursday

Brought to us from our friends at See You In The Hague:Susan Schuppli - Evidence on TrialConference and presentation Thursday 2 October 201415:00-17:00 hrs: conference at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Sophialaan 10 17:00 hrs: opening presentation at Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9What happens when media and other non-textual evidence enter into legal proceedings as ‘material witnesses’
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Reminder: Manga, drinks, and snacks this Thursday!

The masterclass exhibition of our Political Arts Residency is on display in the East Asian Library of Leiden University from 1 September until the end of 2014, and you are most welcome to join us for a festive opening and reception at the East Asian Library of Leiden University this coming Thursday 25 September from 17:00 - 19:00, with a short introduction at 17:30.Come one, come all! 
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Sense and sensibility?: A philosophical and artistic seminar this Friday

In collaboration with GEMAK in The Hague, PAI brings you ARTiculations: Redistributing The Sensible to heighten your senses this Friday 26 September from 14:00 - 17:00.To ponder, formulate, and discuss the multiple connections and tensions among the various artistic explorations of sensory modalities in Off Senses | Future Senses, let’s ARTiculate!Taking Jacques Rancière’s critical theory
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(Re)visualizing Femininity/Masculinity: Lecture, Screening, and Exhibition on 30 June

Don't miss Dr. Lien Fan Shen's final residency event this coming Monday 30 June!  Leiden's Honours Academy opens its doors to the public from 17:00 - 19:00 for a lecture programme, which includes Lien's documentary-in-progress on Taiwanese female masculinity, and a festive reception to celebrate the opening of her masterclass exhibition. Find out more and register here.  For a taste of masterclass
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Strange New Worlds: the Alien, the Digital, and the Underground

As Summer 2014 comes into full swing, let's experiment with space in unprecedented ways!  Here is a selection of out-of-the-box adventures to experience, especially if we find ourselves in the UK in the coming months.Giant trampolines suspended in a mining cavern in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Walesopen for underground aerial somersaults and a jumpin' good time from 4 July.Smiljan Radic's pavilion for
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A Century's Echo: Sights, Sounds, and Stories of WWI

Commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I, various digitally accessible re-visualisations, recollections, and resonance through photography, literature, and music.Vedran Smailović playing amidst the ruins of Sarajevo's National Library in 1992.BBC's extensive programming on the Great War picks up pace from 23 June 2014 with its five-part Month of Madness series on Radio 4,
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Movement after force

Three variations on the theme of movement: a museum to document Tiananmen Square 1989, self-censorship to resist gallery politics, and the narrative turn in video games.June 4th Memorial Museum in Hong KongAi Weiwei in protest against the Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art in BeijingThe narrative force of video games, according to Daniel Galera
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Martyrs by art

Religious violence, docile bodies, and expressive zeal mark these recent instances of formidable video art, opera production, and performance art from London this past week.Bill Viola's Martyrs, a recent alterpiece installed in St. Paul's Cathedral with trials by earth, air, fire, and water, challenges perceptions of paradigmatic religious violence and brings new life to contemporary video art.Simon
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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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Art and forensics: post-conflict reconstruction towards restorative justice

Rhetoric of disasters abound, but whither courage and vision?  To identify, understand, and repair the myriad damages incurred through man-made catastrophes, the artistic and spatial disciplines are contributing to the science of reconstruction and restoration, towards conflict resolution and cultural reconciliation via art and architecture.Angkor reconstruction (photo courtesy of World Monuments
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Hoogtij highlights for 30 May: The Hague's art tour turns political!

Hoogtij, a cultural staple in The Hague for the art-loving and art-curious, hits the galleries, streets, and pARTytent this Friday night with its 37th edition.  Explore the city and its contemporary art for free, this time with some political provocation!@ GEMAKWhether you are pro-choice or pro-life, Airco Caravan's exhibition inspired by anti-abortion demonstrations offers food...and fetuses
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It's raining rain (hallelujah!): the power of the literal

When metaphors falter and abstractions fail, there remains plain, direct verbal communication.  The no-frills approach to expression may lack semantic thrill and poetic resonance, but hits hard all the same in the following instances.National Public Radio's compilation of graduation addressesfrom 1774 to present.Reasons for unplugging...once a week.Seriously.Surface reading of canvases(there is
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Cultuur?Barbaar! 2014 Festival @ Leiden

15 - 17 May 2014: Three days of music, poetry, graffiti, and more brought to you by Cultuur?Barbaar!, the Leiden-based platform for music, arts, and cultural theory.  From open source and street art expos to acoustic sessions and international electronica, Leiden is staged to turn it up to eleven this early weekend.Check out the lineup, mark your map, and grab your ticket!
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Designing Justice: Law & Order Mini-Conference by Archis

Experimental think tank Archis, as part of its Architecture of Peace project, will hold a mini-conference at Stroom Den Haag on Tuesday 20 May from 13:00 - 17:00.A host of international experts from the world of justice, design, activism, conflict management, and politics will discuss how justice and design can either contain or ignite conflict situations. One of the important questions to address
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The Secret State: Masterclass, Lecture, Exhibition @ Stroom

Geographer, artist, and investigative journalist Trevor Paglen shares his insights on NSA, NGA, NRO, and other states of secrecy in Stroom Den Haag on 30 May 2014.Continuing to explore the themes of surveillance, citizenship, and authority, this transatlantic programme of See You In The Hague brings the public and private implications of state defense, intelligence, and security into sharp
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Weighing Work: Reframing Ambition @ Droog

With Labour Day around the corner, 'tis high time to inspect the meaning, value, and performance of work in a 21st-century environment of rapid urbanisation, hyper-information accessibility, ubiquitous social media and digital technologies.  Droog and De Brakke Grond's #Arbeid van de dag exhibition in Amsterdam from now to 1 May invites us to think through and tinker with these choices, challenges,
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3...2...1...ACTION!

Wednesday 16 April (tonight!)* * GAMING THE CITY * *Symposium | Photo Exhibition 18:00 - 20:00 @ The Nutshuis Join us for this six-course menu:Geo-Caching The Hague photography exhibitionLaunch of tHIP Adventure issueIain Borden on"Skate-boarding, Play and Politics"Dan Edwardes on"Our Wild Nature: Questions of Urbanisation, Freedom and Use of Space"Chris Goto-Jones on"Playing the City
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Reminder: GAMING THE CITY on 16 April @ The Nutshuis

  February 2014 saw citizens and visitors of The Hague hunting for QR codes and assembling photo essays of this city of peace and justice. As the finale to Geo-Caching The Hague, the Political Arts Initiative is delighted to invite you to GAMING THE CITY, a symposium on re-imagining urban environments for 21st-century movement and play. This free symposium also marks the official
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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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All the small things...

Look around you and notice miniatures in movement--against neo-liberalism, climate change, and exceptional surveillance--towards a playful urban awareness all over the world.  Game the city and intervene now!Joe Iurato's wooden figurines in New York:Isaac Cordal's cement figurines in Europe:Flemish coast, Belgium Nantes, Francei4C ArtActive Lab's paper tanks in The Hague:
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All quiet on the Western front...

'Nuff said, but here's more:
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Get ArtActive! Urban intervention in The Hague during NSS 2014

*26 March update*: As the Nuclear Security Summit ends and the roadblocks, fences, and security measures gradually become dismantled, capture this de-escalation moment with your paper tank and send your photos to artactive.i4c@gmail.com by 31 March 2014!How can we visualise the International Zone in a playful manner, penetrating its hard physical shell and exposing its soft underbelly?  How can
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Origami tanks in the International Zone? Game the City @ i4C Launch Party on 19 March

*Post-19 March update*: check out the ArtActive Lab urban intervention, and join us!The Political Arts Initiative joins forces with Stroom Den Haag for an artistic urban invention lab hosted by i4C, Leiden University Centre for Innovation's latest platform for hands-on experimentation and transdisciplinary collaboration amongst students, researchers, and practitioners at Campus The Hague.Join us at
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Reminder: Silence tonight @ Nutshuis

Annabel Kanaar : Samuel Vriezen : Miguel Peres dos Santos : Heath Bunting : Cissie Fu18:00 Food / 19:00 Programme @ The Nutshuis5 March 2014
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Architecture for Peace and Justice: The Good Cause @ Stroom

9 March - 1 June 2014Opening exhibition: Saturday 8 March, 5 pm, with an introductory program from 4 pmLocation: Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The HagueMissions of war and missions of peace: both can have a devastating effect on the spatial and social condition of the city. Architecture of Peace is a long-term research project by the international think tank Archis, addressing the military,
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New sound seminars @ The Nutshuis: Silence on 5 March

on: SilenceWED 5 MAR18.00 hrs. Food19.00 hrs. Start program  Sound I to IV are interdisciplinary evenings, at which art meets science in the form of Q&A sessions, lectures and performance.  There can be no sound without silence.The new interdisciplinary sound series at Het Nutshuis starts on 5 March with an exploration of silence in all its constitutive and creative richness.
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Our odyssey continues: GAMING THE CITY on 16 April

A big congratulations to all recent geo-cachers!  Photo-essay entries will be prepared for the next issue of +HIP, to launch alongside the geo-caching photo exhibition in The Nutshuis in mid-April. Before then, mark your calendars for the grand finale of Geo-Caching The Hague: GAMING THE CITY, an interactive symposium in the early evening of Wednesday 16 April about the city as a playground
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Future Vocabularies @ BAK: Aernout Mik's comment on survival post-Fukushima

In the course of 2014–2016, BAK’s program unfolds through a new series of projects under the title of Future Vocabularies. The series explores, through various artistic, intellectual, and activist itineraries, the conceptual lexicon through which we might imagine a way of acting out concrete propositions and possibilities from within what is largely considered the crisis-ridden, ruinous folds of
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(Un)Cache me if you can!

There is still time to get in gear for Geo-Caching The Hague!  If you haven't started on your adventure yet, do so from now until 23 February and compose your photo-essay in The Hague from one QR code to the next.  Start at The Nutshuis come rain or come shine, register for bonuses, and submit your photo-essay this weekend!
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Int'l Conference: Revisiting the Emancipatory Potential of Digital Media in Asia

Join academics, artists and activists on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 January at Leiden University (the Netherlands) to discuss the transformative role of digital media in Asia in all its complexity. Image (c) F. Schneider / Tagxedo.com 2013 Over the past decade, new forms of information and communication technologies have shaped the way people relate to each other, engage in social activities,
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Light & Action: Season's Greetings!

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*Thank you* for keeping up with the Political Arts Initiative!For the latest news, insights, and events from around the globe to reach you in a timely, consolidated fashion, simply like us on facebook and join us on the cutting edge of Political Arts.
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Film, Gender, Music: January masterclasses @ NICA

Looking for creative inspiration and extra credits this winter?  The Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis in Amsterdam offers a set of interesting options this upcoming January.Adrian Martin: Creative Film Criticism - Lecture and Masterclass, January 9-10, 1 ECFilm criticism is an expansive ‘middle field’ that sits in-between two extremes – media journalism on one side, academic
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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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Brave NEW WORLD for 21st-century citizens

Artist Jonas Staal and BAK (basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht) join forces to establish the New World Academy, which invites political organisations invested in progressive political projects to discuss the role of art and culture in political struggles with artists, educators, and students.  Together, they engage in critical thinking through concrete examples of transformative politics and develop
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Manga, Social Media, Movies, Art & Drinks - reminder Spotlight Taiwan Sampler

REMINDERProfessor Chris Goto-Jones, Director of Asiascape, is delighted to invite you to the Spotlight Taiwan Sampler on Monday 2 December from 19.00 until 21.00 in the Auditorium at LUC The Hague for a taste of Asiascape’s vision on Taiwan. All players in the Asiascape Spotlight Taiwan Project will be present (physically and virtually) to warm you up for the exciting events in 2014.Program19.00
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Design and violence: Online exhibition @ MoMA.org

Design has a history of violence. It can be an act of creative destruction and a double-edged sword, surprising us with consequences intended or unintended. Yet professional discourse has been dominated by voices that only trumpet design’s commercial and aesthetic successes.Historically, designers’ ambitions have ranged from the quotidian to the autocratic, from the spoon to the city. Under the
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Audio-visual movement: A Limitless / Noh / Quilt

In anticipation of the 2014 PAI theme of *movement* (stay tuned for geo-caching, sound-scaping, graphic-animating, and more!), a trio of videos from various global spaces on different art forms for your delectation:LIMITLESS – inverse street art in Brisbane Four graffiti artists, a warehouse interior, and an unlimited amount of paint.  With this warehouse in Brisbane scheduled to be demolished
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ACTI-VISTAS @ Amsterdam: Women's performative activism in the Middle East

Women’s roles in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are frequently analyzed in terms of traditional views on femininity, either as active peacemakers or as passive victims. ACTI-VISTAS explores perspectives that go beyond these paradigms with a public lecture, symposium, workshops, and video-art screenings. How do women activists mobilize their gender and ethnic positions? In what
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Sketchbooks on tour: Calling all doers and doodlers!

Find out more about The Sketchbook Project, a global, participatory, travelling, artistic initiative to consolidate and share the current state of expressive communities worldwide. Track and create via its stationary, mobile, and digital libraries of professional to amateur impressions from Kansas to the Sudan!
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The rest is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ {NOISE}

Blasting away Hamlet's melancholy, London's Southbank Centre hosts The Rest Is Noise, an epic musical journey of film, debate, and concerts to explore how war, race, sex, and politics shaped the most important and controversial music of the 20th century.Drawing inspiration from Alex Ross's book of the same title, engineers, historians, musicologists, philosophers, and political scientists join forces
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The nature and animism of architecture @ Berlage

How can architecture guide us to a sustainable utopia and how does spatial design direct human interaction?  Join architect Ma YanSong in his vision for a future city where technology meets mountains and rivers:                                              &nb
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Grayson Perry plays to the gallery

“An artist is a pilgrim on the road to meaning”, said Grayson Perry in a rare moment of dark sincerity during his final Reith Lecture of 2013.  Frocked and besparkled in serious jest, the English contemporary artist, world renowned for his pottery and tapestries, embodied a creative and social energy matching the nobility of artistic expression and a humorous cynicism worthy of and healthy
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The Gospel Project - Final Performance

Come one, come all--unite for voices of resistance and emancipation! The final performance of the Gospel Project takes place in the Auditorium of the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague on the evening of Monday 4 November at 20:30.  Student singers and actors from Leiden University College The Hague bring to life the historical and political context of the gospel tradition through song, dance,
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Films of Change from the Middle East

'400 Years of Arabic in Leiden' and the Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF) are excited to offer you 'Films of Change from the Middle East' during the 2013 edition of LIFF.The organizers have selected two recent films by young, prizewinning, filmmakers from the Middle East and invited these directors to suggest a movie that served as an inspiration to their own work.On Tuesday 5 November, Annemarie
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Who's in Control? @ Free Thinking Festival 2013

 Political Arts invites us to (dare to!) re-imagine the political in the 21st century, amidst new technologies, epistemologies, and geographies for critical expression and engagement.  BBC's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas this year, themed on CONTROL, brings the arts into dialogue with public health, sustainability, and other global and personal challenges which often
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Metro 2033: Digital novel and video game in the flesh

Meet young Russian science fiction writer Dmitry Glukhovsky, who penned his first novel at age 18--Metro 2033, initially accessible for free on his website, now enjoys worldwide commercial success as a popular paperback and video game, with its sequel Metro 2034 published in 2009 and film rights negotiated with Hollywood.  This dystopic tale of life
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*Scaffold* in the City of Peace and Justice

American artist-activist Sam Durant brings his "Scaffold", an impressive piece of institutional critique which attracted major public and critical attention at Documenta 13 of Summer 2012, to The Hague this October.   The giant sculpture, built from reconstructed gallows wood from various historically significant execution facilities in the United States, invites reflection on (capital) punishment
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Happy Holidays from PAI

The Political Arts Initiative wishes you happy holidays and hopes to see you back in 2013! the silence beneath the bark / le silence sous l'écorce from joanna lurie on Vimeo. In the depths of a great forest clad in a great white mantle, curious little creatures discover how beautiful, fascinating and white snow is… as it whirls them giddily on their way to extraordinary encounters with
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'First Contact' - Manga Competition

The Political Arts Initiative is happy to collaborate with Leiden University's Asiascape.org on their newest manga competition.Following on the success of Asiascape’s 2010 manga competition, which led to the creation of the ‘Manga in/as Essay-’magazine, Asiascape.org is proud to announce its second competition.As before, Asiascape seeks contributions from manga artists, cartoonists, students,
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12.12.12 philosophy at the end of the world

In association with the LUC Research Centre, PAI is excited to announce further details of the Christmas Lecture 2012 ... the first 'Philosophy at the end of the World' lecture. The event promises to cross some boundaries between art and politics and philosophy, as well as between this life and the next. All are welcome, not only to the lecture but also to the reception, 'Last Orders,' that follows.The
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New +HIP Competition & Winners 2nd edition

+HIP, PAI's online magazine in for (photo)graphic street art, calls or entries for its 3rd issue: Alie{n}-ationThis special, themed issue of +HIP calls upon the people of The Hague to photograph, sketch, paint or otherwise (re)present ideas about the alien and alienation in and around the city. These could be statues, dioramas, actors, ETs or anything else that can be (or has been) placed in a place
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Zombies at the Futurism Feast

Ian Ginn's fascinating account at the Futurism Feast earlier this November of the recent zombie invasion is now available on the Political Arts website (www.politicalarts.org/futurism.html)More on Ian Ginn and the zombie attack is here
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12.12.12 coming soon ...

In collaboration with the LUC Research Centre, PAI brings you the annual 'Philosophy in the World' lecture on 12.12.12.  Prof Chris Goto-Jones, dean of Leiden University College in The Hague, will speak on 'Life at the End of Days: Philosophy and Apocalypse' at 18.00 (venue tbc).  The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.Please mark the date of the beginning of the end in your diaries,
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Futurism Feast: 7 November 2012

  FIVE-COURSE TASTING MENU Antipasto The Futurist Manifesto by MarinettiMovers'n'Shakers reading group discussion17:00 @ Lobby Café, Ground Floor Primo Recital of lieder by Alban BergJennifer Elaine Young, SopranoJurre van Egteren, Piano18:00 @ Open Space, 1st Floor Secondo Transmedia story-telling and game-playingIan Ginn18:30 @ Open Space, 1st Floor Formaggi
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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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Political Arts Manifesto Launch

As part of the celebrations of the opening of Leiden University's new academy building on the Schouwburgstraat in The Hague, the PAI will launch the first version of its manifesto. Because PAI is fortunate enough to be sponsored by LEGO for its second issue of the +HIP magazine, those of you who make it to the event at 15.00-16.00 on 20 September in the main auditorium of Schouwburgstraat 2 may find
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