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.


What a colourful world...

To wish you a bright start to June, PAI brings you a collage of colours from different disciplines in various media around the world.  Click on each image for visual feasts to unfold!

From Mons, France:

"RGB Trattoria" by design duo Carnovsky 
for a trip(pi)ly luminous dining experience.

From Milan, Italy:

House of Memory, a civil rights centre designed by
architects collective Baukuh, features a bright yellow staircase
connecting visitors with cultural archives.

From New York, USA:

Yayoi Kusama's interactive installation The Obliteration Room
+ paintings from My Eternal Soul = a delightful Give Me Love.

From Sichuan, China: 

Hues of Buddhism through the lens of photographer Colin Miller.

And from the world wide web:

Colour-happy DIY from webmaster Grant Thompson's "The King of Random".

Nearly half-way through 2015, let's continue to stay on-theme: *PLAY*!


REVOLUTION! this Thursday

A reminder to start bookmarking your favourite passages of radical philosophy and revolutionary poetry, for 'tis time for REVOLUTION!

Join PAI and the international MA students of Leiden University's Institute for Philosophy for a night of revolutionary thought and poetry at De filosoof in The Hague.  Bring your philosophical and/or poetic weapon of choice to share over blood red wine on 4 June 2015 to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests, celebrate the current New University movement in The Netherlands, and much more.  Doors open at 19:30 and reading starts at 20:00.

Get ready to translate power:

Góruje nad doliną Pewność Niewzruszona. 
Ze szczytu jej roztacza się Istota Rzeczy.
~ Wisława Szymborska, Utopia

~ Bei Dao, Go

Tickets are priced at €5.00 for unlimited tea/coffee/soft drinks and 
€8.00 for three glasses of wine. Register via e-mail and secure your spot in the intimate cellar of Papestraat 5 by paying in advance to De filosoof (IBAN: NL52INGB0006748829 | Reference: REVOLUTION! + your name).

Movers'n'Shakers of the world, unite--you have nothing to lose but scientific rationalism (and sobriety, perhaps). Until Thursday the 4th, keep up the good fight.



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