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.


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 Rattle returns to the Royal Opera House to conduct Poulenc's Dialogues des Carm√©lites as minimally staged by Robert Carsen for maximum musical effect, with an especially moving chorus composed of rehabilitated criminals, the homeless, and the unemployed from the streets of London.

Tattooed, pierced, naked, trapped, and racked, Ron Athey puts the vulnerability and strength of the human body - his own, per his performance art practice - to the test in Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains.



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