4 Waters: Deep Implicancy

4 Waters: Deep Implicancy
Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman
March 9 to April 20

Closing Reception April 17 at 7:30PM


4 Waters: Deep Implicancy is an experiment in collaboration that traces the striking possibility of a state without value. The artists’ research crosses four bodies of water — the Mediterranean sea; and the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans — to connect four disparate islands: Lesvos, Haiti, Marshall Islands and Tiwi. Each island holds within it stories of tremendous violence, but also the potential for otherwise. The film assembles fragments that touch on a kind of knowledge embedded in a moment preceding human history or geological timescales — a moment of total entanglement described by the artists as Deep Implicancy. In excavating the link between geological shifts and material realities, they ask: can an earthquake release the knowledge for a revolution in the very way we know the world?

While the artists consider natural disaster, resource extraction, and colonial violence, they compose a framework of elements that displaces the privileged role of value in ethics, relations and knowledge. In its place, the film asks what kind of ethical program could exist without time, accumulation, and measurement — hence value.

An events program will activate a study room hosting materials culled from the artists’ research (on coral islands, bacterial communication, and earthquake-triggered liquefaction in Haiti, amongst other subjects).
—Curated by Steffanie Ling

Accompanying Events

A Reamplified Archive with Jonathan Adjemian and Nicholas Murray
Saturday, March 16, 2:00—5:00pm
Jumping off from Ferreira da Silva and Neuman's explorations of the ways technologies—framing, modelling, captioning, scanning—produce meanings out of place, musicians Jonathan Adjemian and Nicholas Murray will be repurposing audio from the archive, transforming it in new, unrecognizable directions. We invite others to join us in this reamplified archive, to engage in browsing, listening, suggesting, intervening, breathing, dreaming, balancing on the edge of presence and memory, knowledge, and soma.

On-Screen: Matter
Monday, April 15, 5:00pm
Ferreira da Silva and Neuman’s 2016 collaborative film, Serpent Rain, will be presented as part of the On-Screen program on April 15 at Innis Town Hall.

Reception and Artist Talk with Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 pm
Join us to celebrate for an artist talk and reception with Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman.

Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva 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. Her academic writings and artistic practice address the ethical questions of the global present and target the metaphysical and ontoepistemological dimensions of modern thought.

Arjuna Neuman is an artist, filmmaker and writer. With recent presentations at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; Sharjah Biennial, UAE; Bergen Assembly, Norway; at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; and the 56th Venice Biennale.

Arjuna Neuman is a guest of the Goethe-Institut

Image: Smithsonian Museum: Department of Fishes: S.I.A. image number: 141832

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