Ian Potter Moving Image Commission: Soda_Jerk

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About the work

Soda_Jerk was announced as the recipient of the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission in December 2016.

The commission will make possible a new work, Terror Nullius, which will have its world premiere at ACMI in 2018.

Equal parts Australian Gothic, eco-horror, and road movie, Terror Nullius is to be a rogue remapping of national mythology.

By intricately weaving together fragments of Australia's cultural history and film legacy, Terror Nullius will point towards the unstable entanglement of fiction that underpins this country's vexed sense of self.

Terror Nullius follows on from the success of the two previous commissions, The Calling by Angelica Mesiti and Daniel Crooks’ Phantom Ride (2016), both of which enjoyed critical and popular success upon premiering at ACMI.

About the creators

Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective that approaches sampling as an alternate form of history-making.

Working at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction, their archival practice has taken the form of video installations, cut-up texts, screensavers and live video essays.

Soda_Jerk has recently collaborated with Australian collectives The Avalanches and VNS Matrix, and have held solo exhibitions at Anthology Film Archives in New York, the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington DC, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.

Their multi-channel video installations have also been staged at Pioneer Works, New York; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

During 2017 their work will also show at SPACES, Cleveland; Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and the Barbican, London.