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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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