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.


Seizing beautiful moments: Come tag with us on Friday 20 February!

Janne Willems is truly a trailblazer.  Equipped with some thousands of blank postcards and coloured pens, she set off on a world tour in 2013, aiming to collect 1000 illustrations of beautiful moments per continent from people she would meet on the street, in caf├ęs, on trains, and various public spaces.  After travelling from as north as Tornio in Finland and as south as Invercargill in New Zealand, in a diagonal geographical trajectory from Europe, through the Middle East and Southeast Asia, to Australasia, Janne returned to The Netherlands in November 2014 in time to share her preliminary findings with a rapt audience at TEDxGroningen.  She now needs your help!

With thousands of drawings from different countries and diverse cultures of recent moments that made people smile, Janne is now starting to sort, analyse, and process these images to compile, ultimately, a book about intercultural understandings of happiness--its meanings, its representations, and its interpretations.  Working with a cultural anthropologist and a group of programmers, she is devising visual tagging software in preparation for content analysis and data tagging over the weekend of 20 - 22 February.

In collaboration with the Political Arts Initiative and Leiden University's i4C, Janne's data weekend will kick off at i4C's Future Friday on 20 February at 17:00 in the Living Lab in the Centre for Innovation in The Hague.  Janne will speak about her project Seize Your Moments and we will get down to some tagging that evening until the building closes at 20:00.  This crowdsourcing moment needs you, especially those of you who want a friendly and participatory space to pause, think about what you have just enjoyed, and live in the moment.  Bring your own laptop, and get ready for some Friday fun!

Shoot Janne a quick e-mail now to express your interest and she will keep you updated in the days to come.  Also feel free to wander through her journey abroad, browse the collected images, and read her blog before the data weekend via her project website.  Janne, i4C, and PAI looking forward to creating more beautiful moments with you on 20 February! 

Photo credit: Arjan Kremer @ TEDxGroningen 20 November 2014



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