EMARE: Soda_Jerk

  • 12 May 2015 - 6 July 2015

 

Every year, FACT hosts an artist in residence as part of the European Media Artist Residency Exchange (EMARE) Programme. This programme aims to unite artists across the continent and partner countries with arts institutions, whilst developing new, publicly engaging work.

Soda_Jerk (Danielle and Dominique Angeloro) is a two person art collective that works with sampled material to construct rogue histories and counter-mythologies. Taking the form of video installations and live video essays, their work plays with archival footage, experimental film, documentary, and speculative fictions.

 

Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk are currently based in New York as well as undertaking various European residencies. Their work has been showcased at various institutions across Australia, Central America, and Europe, as well as India, Europe and Brazil.

 

Jungle Are Forever has been developed as the fifth episode in Soda_Jerk's ongoing multi-channel video cycle Astro Black, informed by cultural theories of Afrofuturism. Taking the cosmic jazz musician Sun Ra as a point of departure, this speculative history seeks to draw out the nexus of science fiction and social politics in Black Atlantic sonic culture.

In their new episode, produced during their FACT residency, Soda_Jerk forge connections between Afrofuturism and the role that quantum physics played in the UK breakbeat culture of the mid-90s. Taking the form of a 1970's spy thriller, Jungle Are Forever follows agent James Bond as he investigates the development of a low frequency sonic weapon. Hidden beneath Rage nightclub, Bond uncovers a secret Jungle laboratory where Goldie is conducting quantum experiments into the acceleration of the break. Also featuring A Guy Called Gerald, 4hero, Grace Jones, John Akomfrah, Genesis Breyer P-Orrige and Lee Scratch Perry.

 

Whilst in the UK, Soda_Jerk have taken part in screenings, talks, and performances in Hull, Manchester, and London. Forthcoming activities include a live Performance Lecture at FACT, as well as an artist talks and presentation as part of the FACTLab series of events which focus on creative production, technologists at work, and artists in residence within FACT’s wider programme.


Supported by the Culture 2013 programme of the European Commission. This project has been funded with support from the European Commision.

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