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.


Political Arts Manifesto, Fit the First

Many thanks to those who helped us to launch the first version of our manifesto at the 'Reinventing Global Order' conference in The Hague last week.

As promised, we make available a digital version of our manifesto for your perusal, consideration, and (if necessary/appropriate/desired) destruction.  In fact, we have two versions here.  One, for posterity, is comprised of the slides of the presentation we prepared for the conference.  A slightly modified and corrected text is found in a new version, which also contains some different images, substituted for various reasons that we will leave to your imagination.  The mod-version contains our official text, for now, and is certainly the most download and print friendly, in a convenient postcard format.

If you have thoughts, comments, criticisms, pictures, please feel free to share them here and/or to email them us.  We view the manifesto as a dynamic project and will revisit its content, in all its aspects, as/when revisiting becomes interesting/important/opportune or apposite.  However, we should not confuse dynamism for irresolution or a lack of conviction; we stand behind the manifesto and its dynamism together.

In the near future, we will organize a special issue of +HIP to showcase re-visualizations of our manifesto text.  So, if you have (or would like to create) images to replace those chosen here, please start to think about how you might compose them into an effective sequence ... and then watch this space for updates.

Political Arts Manifesto Launch

As part of the celebrations of the opening of Leiden University's new academy building on the Schouwburgstraat in The Hague, the PAI will launch the first version of its manifesto.

Because PAI is fortunate enough to be sponsored by LEGO for its second issue of the +HIP magazine, those of you who make it to the event at 15.00-16.00 on 20 September in the main auditorium of Schouwburgstraat 2 may find yourselves in for a LEGO-sized treat.

Join Chris Goto-Jones and Cissie Fu for the launch of the Political Arts Manifesto ... (and please register using this link (we're in round 3), which is helpfully in Dutch for our international community).

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