Hitch a ride into the dark heart of Australia with Soda_Jerk's TERROR NULLIUS, a blistering, badly behaved sample-based film that confronts the savagery of our contemporary moment.
Equal parts political satire, eco-horror and road movie, TERROR NULLIUS is a rogue remapping of national mythology, where a misogynistic remark is met with the sharp beak of a bird, feminist bike gangs rampage and bicentenary celebrations are ravaged by flesh-eating sheep.
By intricately remixing fragments of Australia's pop culture and film legacy, TERROR NULLIUS interrogates the unstable entanglement of fiction that underpins this country's vexed sense of self.
Following the success of The Was, their 2016 collaboration with The Avalanches, Soda_Jerk return with a work that’s dark, hopeful, irreverent and urgent.
TERROR NULLIUS is the third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, a ten year program for new works by mid-career Australian artists.
The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission is a collaboration between ACMI and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective that approaches sampling as a form of rogue historiography. Working at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction, their archival practice takes the form of films, video installations, cut-up texts and lecture performances. Soda_Jerk have collaborated with Australian collectives The Avalanches and VNS Matrix, and held solo exhibitions at international institutions including Videotage, Hong Kong; the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC; Anthology Film Archives, New York and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Their multi-channel video installations have recently been exhibited at the Barbican Centre, London; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Hartware Medien KunstVerein, Dortmund; Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens and Pioneer Works, New York.