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.


Architecture and politics: Public Values and Revolutionary Traces

The spatial disciplines have long grappled with politics and the social imaginary.  According to Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, architects do not invent anything but rather transform reality; Dutch architect Michiel Riedijk more recently likens spatial design to the orchestration of the imagination.  The two events below afford those of us in The Netherlands a chance to see for ourselves.

The Design as Politics research group of TU Delft's Faculty of Architecture is hosting a half-day conference on public values in the built environment on Friday 13 February, with presentations from academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from public and private sectors alike.  As urban spaces worldwide become increasingly and rapidly owned by private and often foreign investors, what are the implications for public access, public planning, and public design?  Register for this free interdisciplinary discussion about the future of public goods and the concept of the public here

"Buildings can be read as political texts and that is what I try to do", says multi-disciplinary artist  Ângela Ferreira, whose current exhibition at Stroom Den Haag spatially and conceptually bridges two urban development projects--Schilderswijk in The Hague and Bairro da Bouça in Porto--by comparing the revolutionary conditions under which the Dutch and the Portuguese experimented with collective creativity over thirty years ago.  Architecture, whether as concrete structures or common ground for participation in social issues or political protest, can enable fresh readings of current legacies and historical realities as well as offer fresh opportunities for future interaction.  Catch this exhibition before 15 March 2015.


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