Denise Ferreira da Silva is one of the most influential and challenging thinkers of our time. Through her artistic and philosophical work, which includes a critical analysis of modern philosophy and science, she has contributed to decolonial and anti-racist thought with concepts such as difference without separability, black feminist poethics, and her reconception of value. But these approaches also prove to be extremely fruitful where they intersect with cosmopolitical thought, as they fundamentally reframe and redirect ecocritical currents and help to politically complexify underlying notions of body, thinking, justice, life, history, futurity, or the human subject among others. Denise Ferreira da Silva is Director of the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her most recent book Unpayable Debt was published in 2022. Her artistic works include the films Soot Breath / Corpus Infinitum (2020, with Arjuna Neuman), 4Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018) and the relational art projects Poethical Readings and Sensing Salon, developed with Valentina Desideri.
The discourse is the 14th edition of the series Burning Futures: On Ecologies of Existence, organized and moderated by Margarita Tsomou and Maximilian Haas
hosted in cooperation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.
The discursive program Claiming Common Spaces: Earth is curated and moderated by Maximilian Haas:
What does the ongoing climate crisis and destruction of the environment mean for our way of life and our self-image as human beings, for our approach to planetary values and relationships? And how can the arts transform our knowledge systems and actions? The discourse program ›CCS IV: Earth‹ examines these questions with artists, theorists and activists. The topics they’ll be addressing include the role of aesthetics in the modern separation of nature and culture, resource extraction in the Ruhr, the Global South, and the deep sea, feminist practices of care in contemporary performance, and indigenous cosmologies.
With Nabil Ahmed, Denise Ferreira da Silva (within the framework of Burning Futures: On Ecologies of Existence / HAU Hebbel am Ufer #14), Catalina Insignares, Daniel Kötter, Bojana Kunst, Carolina Mendonça, Melanie Sehgal, Margarita Tsomou.