Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a 2-person art collective that works with sampled material to construct rogue histories and counter-mythologies. Taking the form of video installations, cut-up texts and live video essays, their archival practice is at the interzone of documentary and speculative fiction. Soda_Jerk are based in New York where their work was recently shown in a dedicated program at Anthology Film Archives. They are also part of the collective that run Spectacle Theatre, a microcinema in Brooklyn. In summer 2016 they will undertake a 2-month residency at Videotage in Hong Kong.
Soda_Jerk's film The Time That Remains was scored live by noise band HORRID for digital culture festival Abandon Normal Devices (A/N/D) at Video Jam at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (05/10/13) as pictured above. The film is the third work in the Dark Matter series, an ongoing cycle of video installations that are concerned with personal and historical experiences of time, and how these relations are mediated by screen technologies. Begun in 2005, each work in this series takes the form of a 'séance fiction' where encounters are staged between the past and future selves of a deceased screen star. In this gothic melodrama, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis perpetually wake to find themselves haunted by their own apparitions and terrorized by markers of time. Isolated in their own screen space, each woman struggles to reclaim time from the gendered discourses of aging that conflates older women with a sense of expiration and invisibility. A specially adapted single channel version of the original installation and its original score were re-programmed for a special showcase event at Bury Art Gallery (18/02/16), featuring highlights from across 35 past events.
In 2015 Video Jam curated another film by Soda_Jerk from the same series entitled After the Rainbow, a re-imagining of the initial sequence of the film The Wizard of Oz (1939), in which the fantasy world of cinema and the reality of Judy Garland’s complex life collide. Instead of taking Dorothy to Oz, the twister transports a young, hopeful Garland into the future where she encounters her disillusioned adult self. The film was scored by Manchester band MOTHER for Video Jam at Islington Mill (22/05/15).