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ACMI presents the world premiere of TERROR NULLIUS by Soda_Jerk

3 December 2017

A Political Revenge Fable in Three Acts


Tuesday 20 March to Sunday 1 July 2018

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is proud to present the world premiere of TERROR NULLIUS, the latest moving image work from internationally acclaimed Australian sample art collective Soda_Jerk. Sampling countless iconic Australian films, Soda_Jerk’s work is part political satire, eco-horror, and road movie.

TERROR NULLIUS follows the success of The Was, Soda_Jerk's 2016 collaboration with The Avalanches. This year they have also presented multi-channel video installations at international art spaces including the Barbican, London; Hartware Medien KunstVerein, Dortmund; Videotage, Hong Kong and Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens.

Reflecting on TERROR NULLIUS, Soda_Jerk commented: “Given the real life horror of our contemporary moment, we’ve chosen to wear our rage on our sleeve. TERROR NULLIUS is a sample-based film which reconstructs Australian cinema to create a political revenge fable in three acts. It is our un-writing of Australian mythology, where a misogynystic remark is met with the sharp beak of a bird, or the jaws of a crocodile. Where feminist bike gangs conspire and rampage, and bicentenary celebrations are ravaged by flesh-eating sheep. It’s arthouse meets grindhouse, both dark and hopeful and irreverent and urgent.”

“Soda_Jerk work at the nexus of free culture activism and cinematic sampling, and TERROR NULLIUS cements them as one of Australia’s most electrifying art collectives. ACMI, the national museum of moving image culture, is thrilled to host the world premiere of this provocative film, continuing ACMI’s mission of supporting exciting artists at the forefront of moving image practice. TERROR NULLIUS is a film that will force viewers to rethink what they ‘know‘ about Australia’s cinema history,” says ACMI Director & CEO, Katrina Sedgwick.

TERROR NULLIUS is a free exhibition premiering at ACMI on Tuesday 20 March. More at

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