Arjuna Neuman & Denise Ferreira da Silva

4 Waters :  Deep Implicancy

2019 | 29”

4 Waters is as much a film project and an experiment in collaboration as it is a set of fragments drawn from a reimagined cosmos. These fragments, sounds, and stories help us convey the ex- periential moment of entanglement, or rather, they describe an entangled moment prior to separation, what we call “Deep Implicancy”. One such story we follow is water, both as it phase transitions with and into other matter including life, but also as it combines disparate geographies, bodies of/in water, and four islands within them – Lesvos, Haiti, Marshall Islands, Tiwi. Through a series of experimental migrations and elemental crossings we begin to question the form of the universal human, its calcified and exceptional origins, and in particular its ethical program. Wandering and wondering through a transformative figuring of justice, we ask, what if our image of the world recalled phase instead of measure? And what becomes of ethics if we let go of value?

  • Arjuna Neuman is an artist, filmmaker and writer. Recent presentations include: Showroom Gallery, London; TPW Gallery, Toronto; Forum Expanded, Berlin Berlinale; Gasworks, London; Bold Tendencies, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MAAT, Lisbon; Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE; Bergen Assembly, Norway; the 56th Venice Biennale; Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon. As a writer he has published essays in Relief Press, Into the Pines Press, The Journal for New Writing, VIA Magazine, Concord, Art Voices, Flaunt, LEAP, Hearings and e-flux.

  • Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva‘s academic writings and artistic practice address the ethical questions of the global present and target the metaphysical and onto epistemological dimensions of modern thought. Currently, she is a Professor and Director of The Social Justice Institute (the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice) at the University of British Columbia. Before joining UBC, she was an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, at the University of California, San Diego and, from 2010 to 2015, she held the inaugural chair in Ethics, at the School of Business and Management and the directorship of the Centre for Ethics and Politics, at Queen Mary University of London.

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