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.


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, covering catalysts in Sarajevo, Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, and London, leading up to 28 June 2014, the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, when Radio 3 broadcasts Live in Concert from the reconstructed Sarajevo Vijećnica.  Meanwhile, listen to a special playlist of classical compositions inspired by and associated with this global conflict.

Prior to drones, aerial spying via cameras strapped on to pigeons.

The Atlantic's Alan Taylor curates a ten-part series of photo-essays from the Western Front to today, narrating the experience of soldiers, civilians, and animals by land, air, and sea.

Armored Train in Action (1915) by Futurist Gino Severini.

Finally, a selection of art and literature, including propaganda, by A. O. Scott of the New York Times explores the enduring impact of "A War to End All Innocence".



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