“School” Reading Group: Denise Ferreira da Silva

Saturday, March 30, 5:00—7:00pm

Join us for a session of “School,” facilitated by Jonathan Adjemian, where we will collectively discuss Denise Ferreira da Silva’s text “On Difference Without Separability” within the research archive of 4 Waters: Deep Implicancy.

Advance reading recommended. Please email Daniella at daniella@gallerytpw.ca to request a PDF copy of the text.

“School” is an ongoing experiment in informal theoretical education, interested in exploring pathways between the specialized languages of theoretical and critical work and other forms of expression and experience. Founded in 2014 by Jonathan Adjemian and Xenia Benivolski, and shamelessly ripping off the format of the graduate seminar, it has operated sporadically since under Jonathan’s guidance, running series on conceptualism, practice, phenomenology, food, citizenship, dance, and poetry, at Toronto art institutions including Gallery TPW, Erin Stump Projects, the MOCCA, Videofag, Double Double Land, and 8/11.

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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.

As a musician, Jonathan Adjemian is known for his skill as a keyboardist and his knowledge of digital and analog audio. Active in improvised, composed, and song-based music, he has performed and recorded with, among others, Jennifer Castle, US Girls, Ken Aldcroft, The Mike Smith Company, and Phrase Velocity, a tabla and electronics duo. Solo recordings include six electronic records as Hoover Party, mostly released by Healing Power Records, and a solo piano record, Adequacies. His works for instruments, electronics and voices have been presented by The Music Gallery, Flowchart, the Canadian Music Centre, and others. Credits in dance include Amanda Acorn's MULTIFORM(S) at the 2016 Festival Transamérique in Montréal, and projects with choreographers Nova Bhattacharya, Meryem Alaoui, Barb Lindenberg, and Amelia Ehrhardt. With Araz Salek, Jonathan co-founded Labyrinth Ontario, an organization dedicated to the study and presentation of modal music traditions of Central and Western Asia and the Mediterranean. He also runs "School," a series of informal academic-style seminars mainly in Toronto art galleries, and translates from French, most recently Souleymane Bachir Diagne's Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition (Columbia UP, 2018).