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.


Collages by Roxane van Beek

Roxane van Beek, PAI's Graphic Columnist is back with 3 collages inspired by events of the past few weeks.

Full sized versions of the collages and earlier graphic columns are here:

01. "Put up Your Hands for the Men with the Guns"


02. "America only needs Two Parties: the Right One and the Wrong One"


0.3 "Hunger is a Two-sided Sword of Gold"



Big Bang Big Boom

Blu, an Argentinian street artist, made a mesmerizing hand-painted stop motion graffiti animation. In this 2010 film, Blu's graffiti characters move freely across urban wastelands from painted walls to duct work to trash and other objects.

Blu uses a simple theme of evolution in which to craft his street characters.
Though it might initially come off as a bit grandiose, try not to take it too seriously. Glance over the larger story and spend your time with his fascinating images like the shark eaten by a group of smaller fish in the shape of a shark or the evolution of mankind told through weaponry.

More from Blu is here:



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