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.


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!

Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, Airco Caravan's exhibition inspired by anti-abortion demonstrations offers food...and fetuses for thought. Quite literally: be there at 19:30 for the artist's lecture and eschuit met muisjes (per tradition, less literally). 

As with past Hoogtij, free soup is served at GEMAK at 18:00, with guided gallery tours through the city on foot and by bicycle departing from this venue at 19:00. Or stay put for Airco Caravan, in addition to performances at 18:00 and 20:00 by Artistic Research MA students from the Royal Academy of Art.

Photographs from Anatomy of Forgiveness by Lana Mesić

To commemorate 20 years after the genocide in Rwanda, Creative Court commissioned Lana Mesić and Pieter Hugo to photograph seventeen pairs of perpetrators and survivors. The compelling results are exhibited in The Nutshuis, ready for comparison and critique. Let the images tell the complex story of how forgiveness has evolved after the legal utterances performed in Gacaca courts.

The politics of representation and politics in the artworld are writ large in Autonomy Exchange Archive, an installation of collected artistic manifestations by Paul Branca, David Horvitz, and Fawn Krieger. From the process of making to accumulation, exchange, and intervention, expect to question material culture and meaning production.

...and take a peek into The Nextdoor Window for its Hoogtij debut surprise!



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