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Single-channel video installation, 31 min. English.

4 Waters – Deep Implicancy 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 experiential 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, Denise Ferreira da Silva)

Arjuna Neuman was born on an airplane in 1984, that’s why he has two passports. He is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. He studied at California Institute of the Arts. His projects have been shown at major biennials and exhibitions worldwide. As a writer he has published essays in various magazines.

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. Prior, she was an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her work in the contemporary art sphere includes texts for publications, advising Natasha Ginwala, the curator for the Contour Biennale 8, as well as events and texts that form part of her own practice, “Poethical Readings” in collaboration with Valentina Desideri.

Production Arjuna Neuman, Denise Ferreira da Silva. Production companies Arjuna Neuman (London, United Kingdom), Denise Ferreira da Silva (Vancouver, Canada). Directed by Arjuna Neuman, Denise Ferreira da Silva. Editing Arjuna Neuman, Mariam Mekiwi. Music Cobi Van Tonder, Arjuna Neuman. Sound Gabor Ripli, Katharina Weinstock.


Arjuna Neuman: 2012: My Marshall Islands (27 min.). 2014: First Fugue (3 min.). 2015: Caesium Forest (71 min.). 2016: Multicultural Dread (30 min.), Serpent Rain (with Denise Ferreira da Silva, 30 min.). 2019: 4 Waters – Deep Implicancy.

Denise Ferreira da Silva: 2016: Serpent Rain (with Arjuna Neuman, 30 min.). 2019: 4 Waters – Deep Implicancy.

Photo: © Arjuna Neuman, Denise Ferreira da Silva

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