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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.
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New sound seminars @ The Nutshuis: Silence on 5 March

on: Silence

18.00 hrs. Food
19.00 hrs. Start program
Sound I to IV are interdisciplinary evenings, at which art meets science in the form of Q&A sessions, lectures and performance.
There can be no sound without silence.

The new interdisciplinary sound series at Het Nutshuis starts on 5 March with an exploration of silence in all its constitutive and creative richness.  Against a negative definition of silence as speechlessness, voicelessness, or soundlessness, the discussion this evening will shift our attention to silence as intentional and productive content in artistic manifestations and activist strategies alike.  

Set in a socio-politico-aesthetic context that embraces silence as presence rather than absence, the audience will hear the power of silence as well as experience silence and silencing in various artistic contexts.  This intimate seminar and participatory experiment puts the audience in discussion with British internet artist Heath Bunting, Portuguese video artist Miguel Peres dos Santos, and Dutch experimental composer Samuel Vriezen, whose artistic practices and research quiz and stretch the potential of silence as sound, voice, and action.

This event is curated and moderated by Cissie FuAssistant Professor of Political Theory at Leiden University College The Hague.

  English program
Admission is €15,- including food (students €8,-)
Admission is €10,- only program (students €5,-)
For tickets, click here


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