Photo: Photo Barry Esson. A cross-section of a wire chamber, part of the UA1 experiment, exhibited at CERN.

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Corpus Infinitum

Do ideas emerging from particle physics help a re-thinking of blackness as a category of life in which it’s possible to practice difference without separation? 
Does the nature of art, social life, blackness, and anti-colonial struggle have something more than a merely metaphorical relationship to the nature of the physical world? Can concepts emerging from particle physics — such as nonlocality, implicancy, phase-transitions or virtuality — allow a different understanding of human existence to be imagined? One that is both less and more-than-human, where attending to our differences doesn’t presuppose our separability from each other.

Denise Ferreira da Silva is a Brazilian philosopher, ethicist and artist, tarot reader, reiki master, student of unreasonable knowledges, and Gemini. Her book Toward a Global Idea of Race asks “why, after more than five hundred years of violence perpetrated by Europeans against people of colour, is there no ethical outrage?“, and presents a critique of modern thought that shows how racial knowledge and power produce global space.
Denise contributed to Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way and participated in the programme for Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives with Valentina Desideri.
Study Session General Info
Study Sessions are informal, slightly more intimate spaces and a chance to geek out. Some might be presentations, some might be workshops; each will open out the ideas and themes in the Episode, led by people who’ve been considering them for ages. This one is about the interconnectedness of blackness as a mode of life, a revolution in ethics, virtuality and nonlocality in particle physics and what that means for practicing a difference without separability.
Image Description: A mesmerising shot of light reflecting, golden, off many hundreds of thin wires that recede away creating gold lines that describe the perspective of the space. It looks a little like the inside of a piano. Orange light streams through the wires. The view shows us the inside of an instrument which was used to detect the W Boson at CERN.


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