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.


The changing city: creative spatial analytics and dynamics

Celebrating human interaction in the built environment and pondering the future of cities, here are some recent activities and analytics from various corners of the world:

LONDON: As part of the Constructing Worlds event series, the Barbican Centre challenged a group of photographers earlier this month to capture parkour enthusiasts in action against its Brutalist architectural backdrop.  Take a closer look at the winning entry above by Chris Orr, alongside reflections on other dynamic shots in this urban playground, in Run, Jump, Shoot.

From NAIROBI to BOSTON: 'Tis high time to rethink predictive cities, warns Dan Hill.  The way in which data have been collected and analytics have been used to solve Chicago's rat problem is unlikely to match the much more dynamic, crowd-sourced, start-up systems composed of reference points arising from informal urban environments, where "[t]he sheer unpredictability of cities is not only part of their charm, but a vital lesson" for difference and the possibility for change.

5 new spaces for peace in VENEZUELA: In lieu of gentrification fiats via institutional politics, art and architecture collective PICO estudio--with the support of local communities, international firms, students, and volunteers--is transforming abandoned urban lots and junkyards with structures that openly connect citizens, foster non-violence and responsibility, and encourage peaceful community-building. Marvel at the first results of this initiative in Petare, Los Mangos, El Chama Abono, Capitan Chico, and Pinto Salinas!



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