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.


Drawing home: (be)longing and (dis)place(ment)

In anticipation of'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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Gaming The City: Different players in different places

In anticipation of our GAMING THE CITY symposium and photo exhibition on 16 April in The Hague, some inspiring ludic moves around the world to whet our appetite for the discussion later this month!By Etienne Lavie, who hijacks billboards to pitch art against commercials:OMG who stole my ads? @ MilanOMG who stole my ads? @ ParisBy Leon Keer, who plays with space to create fun and awareness:Space Invaders
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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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Better Out Than In: Transnational street art

As the debate between art and crime (from pornography to vandalism) rages forth, the people of New York City get to experience Banksy's graffiti in situ this October and make up their minds for themselves.  Join them for the final leg of the elusive street artist's daily creations--including a larger than life fibre glass Ronald McDonald being shoe-shined from one golden arch
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Stop Telling Women to Smile

(taken from Stop Telling Women to Smile is a street art project by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh that addresses gender based street harassment. Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project attempts to take women's voices, and faces, and put them in the street - creating a presence for women in an environment where women are a lot of times made to
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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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