Soot Breath // Corpus Infinitum

Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman


Soot Breath // Corpus Infinitum is a film dedicated to tenderness. It reproduces a radical sensibility learned from listening to the blues, from listening to skin, to heat, and from listening to echoes, listening itself. The artists reimagine the human and its subject-formation away from predatory desire and lethal abstraction, away from the mind and eyes and noble senses, away from total extraction and its articulations. Instead, they turn to skin, resonance, and tenderness as the raw material of a reimagined earthly sensibility.

  • Arjuna Neuman was born on an airplane, that’s why he has two passports. He is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. With recent presentations at: CCA Glasgow; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Manifesta 10, Marseille; Showroom Gallery, London; TPW Gallery, Toronto; Forum Expanded, Berlinale; Jameel Art Centre, Dubai; and Berlin Biennial 10, Germany, amongst others. As a writer, he has published essays in Relief Press, Into the Pines Press, The Journal for New Writing, VIA Magazine, Concord, Art Voices, Flaunt, LEAP, Hearings, and e-flux.

  • Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva is an academic and practicing artist. Her work addresses the ethico-political challenges of the global present. She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), Unpayable Debt (Stenberg/MIT Press, 2021), and co-editor (with Paula Chakravartty) of Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Her several articles have been published in leading interdisciplinary journals. Her artistic works includes the films Serpent Rain (2016) and 4Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018), in collaboration with Arjuna Neuman; and the relational art practices "Poethical Readings" and "Sensing Salon", in collaboration with Valentina Desideri. She has exhibited and lectured at major art venues and written for publications for major art events.