Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman
4 Waters: Deep Implicancy
March 9—April 20, 2019
Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 pm
Curated by Steffanie Ling
Co-presented with the Images Festival
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, 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 imbedded 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 accompanying study room will contain texts, music and video footage from the past two years of Neuman and Ferreira da Silva’s extensive research, including material on topics such as coral islands, bacterial communication, and earthquake-triggered liquefaction in Haiti. This research archive will be activated through multiple events and respondents.
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.
Images Festival On-Screen Program featuring Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman
Monday, April 15, 5:00pm
Innis Town Hall
Images Festival will present Serpent Rain, Ferreira da Silva and Neuman’s 2016 collaborative film, as part of their on-screen program Matter. Tickets required: $12 general admission, $6 students, seniors, underemployed. More details to be announced with the 2019 festival catalogue.
Reception and Artist Talk with Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 pm
During the Images Festival, join us to celebrate 4 Waters: Deep Implicancy at Gallery TPW. Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman will be present for an artists’ talk and reception.
The 32nd annual Images Festival is taking place April 11—18th, 2019.
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.
During the Images Festival, Arjuna Neuman is a guest of the Goethe-Institut, Toronto.
For more information, contact:
Program and Publications Coordinator
Image: courtesy of the artists.
Gallery TPW is an accessible venue with ramp access, an accessible ground-floor washroom, and clear, unobstructed pathways within the gallery. Please note that there are no automatic doors at the entrance and no designated accessible parking nearby.