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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Utopia in a love song: Sam Green's live documentary

Sam Green, the acclaimed director of The Weather Underground, has taken documentary film-making to the next level with his concept of live documentary, where the screening of the film is accompanied by live music, stage lighting, and spoken word by the director. This mixed, multi-media approach, combined with the spontaneity of live music and narration, by bringing the audience closer to the film-maker
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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 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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