4 Waters – Deep Implicancy
Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva
September 29 — November 3, 2018
Reception September 28, 7:00 pm
Curated by Denise Ryner

Artist Talk: Saturday, September 29, 2:00 pm, preceded by full consecutive screenings of both films beginning at 1:00 pm

The Or Gallery is excited to present 4 Waters-Deep Implicancy by Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva.

Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva’s film works, Serpent Rain (2016) and 4 Waters – Deep Implicancy (2018), are experiments in entanglement and ways of “The Thinking of The World.”

Neuman and Ferreira da Silva’s artistic collaboration builds on their combined research and Ferreira da Silva’s planetary view of the world as a plenum, a complex terrain in which humans and geological, bacterial, and meteorological environments, although at times seemingly differentiated, are never really independent forms and phenomena. Ferreira da Silva contends that the human and non-human are elements of each other. Furthermore time itself is entangled with space and beings: what is considered “past” and “history” are merely different stages and transformations of the present.

Ferreira da Silva and Neuman both engage and challenge the time-based medium of film to investigate such transformations, shifting between scales, surface and perspective, and land and landscape. The artists edit and compile a combination of overhead and microscopic imagery to unsettle, rather than clarify and categorize, their visuals. This image-based “unsettling” is further emphasized by a bass-driven soundtrack, to which Neuman has paid particular attention throughout his filmmaking practice: it vibrates through multiple sound channels and envelops the separation between viewers and the found, archived, animated, and filmed images.

This flow – between sound, space, image, and viewer – echoes Ferreira da Silva and Neuman’s interest in the form and ubiquity of water in 4 Waters – Deep Implicancy. Here, water is a model for undermining the seminal influence of Plato and his metaphysics, which separates the world in terms of fixed, ideal abstractions and an illusory sensorial materialism.

Serpent Rain similarly undoes our bodies and time by blurring the biological and physical borders of our existence. The film considers the implications of this lack of separation in terms of the entanglements of capital and the economy that keep the so-called geological, biological, and historical past circulating as commodity and value.

This exhibition is the first in a series presenting art practices centred on the production and expansion of research narratives.

Neuman’s recent presentations include those at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paolo; Istanbul Modern, Turkey; MAATand Docslisboa, Portugal; Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE; Bergen Assembly, Norway; NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; the 56th Venice Biennale and SuperCommunity; Industry of Light, London; the Haus Der Kulturen der Welt; Home Works Forum 7 at Ashkal Alwan and the Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon; Le Gaite Lyric, Paris; the Canadian Centre for Architecture; and the Rat School of Art, Seoul, among others. As a writer he has published essays in Relief PressInto the Pines PressThe Journal for New WritingVIA MagazineConcordArt VoicesFlauntLEAPHearings at Contour Biennale 8 and e-flux.

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. 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. Her work in the contemporary art sphere includes texts for publications linked to the 2016 Liverpool and Sao Paulo Biennales, advising Natasha Ginwala, the curator for the Contour Biennale 8 (Mechelen, 2017), as well as events (performances, talks and private sessions) and texts that form part of her own practice, Poethical Readings (in collaboration with Valentina Desideri).

Image: still from 4 Waters – Deep Implicancy (2018), Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva. 30 min, HD video colour and sound. 
Sound Composition: Cobi Van Tonder
; Sound Recordist: Katharina Weinstock
; Editor: Mariam Mekiwi; 
Producer: Julia Reagan


4 Waters – Deep Implicancy was produced with the support of Arts Council England, Hannah Barry Gallery, and the University of British Columbia’s Social Justice Institute (GRSJ) and the Critical and Creative Social Justice Studies Research Excellence Cluster.

This is a Vancouver International Film Festival MODES Community Partner event.

The Or Gallery acknowledges its presence on unceded xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

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