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(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.


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 of political aesthetics as a point of departure, this seminar examines the evolution of what he provocatively coined “the distribution of the sensible”—the way in which politics, including those institutions which secure public order and safeguard systems of knowledge, confines social and cultural experiences by defining what can be seen, heard, smelt, felt, and tasted—and considers how art, specifically the art in this GEMAK exhibition, contributes to and challenges past and current politico-aesthetic regimes of visibility/invisibility, audibility/inaudibility, and sayability/unsayability. Supplemented by classical and contemporary philosophical perspectives on the senses, ranging from insights from Aristotle’s De Anima to Thomas Nagel’s “What is it like to be a bat?”, the seminar includes hypothetical and hands-on experiments to test and clarify our intuitions about the relationship between sensory input and human perception, the gaps between experience and explanation, and physical, virtual, and mental strategies for interacting with the world, ultimately towards recognising the sources of common sense and appreciating the potential for a 21st-century communal sense through art.

  • 14:00 Cissie Fu (Assistant Professor of Political Theory, Leiden University): Interactive philosophical, contextual lecture, with invitations to interrupt and interact with the audience, followed by Q&A.
  • 15:00 ligteringen/derooij (Co-curators of Off Senses | Future Senses): Talk about the fascination of artists for all sorts of colour-theories, followed by a short Intermezzo of seminar theme-related trailers and film clips triggering the discussion about sense, perception, embodiment, sci-fi, parapsychology, and imagination.
  • 16:00 Panel session: Conversation with Marie Jeanne de Rooij (Director of Vrije Academie  GEMAK) & Cissie Fu and artists present about the exhibition and themes addressed.
Full details of and registration for the seminar are here; warm up with this philosophical and artistic treat before free soup is served in GEMAK before the start of Hoogtij, The Hague's art gallery tour!



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