Soda_Jerk is a 2-person art collective that works with sampled material to construct rogue historiographies. Taking the form of video installations, lecture performances and cut-up texts, their archival image practice is situated at the interzone of errant pedagogy, documentary and speculative fiction. Projects currently in development include two new dual-projection lecture performances. The first, Terror Nullius, excavates the true horror at the heart of Australian film mythologies, while Netsploits rewires a matrix of samples from cyber films and web sources to construct a counter-history of internet antiheroes.
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk moved to Berlin in 2010 to participate in the International Studio Program at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. More recently they have been based in the US, undertaking residencies at Flux Factory in New York, and LoBot in West Oakland. They are currently based in New York where they are also participating in the 2014 Art & Law Program at Fordham Law School. They have exhibited at institutions such as the Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Studio Museum Harlem; Grimmuseum, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and microcinemas such as Spectacle, Union Docs, Anthology Film Archives and Other Cinema. Their work has screened internationally in experimental film programs and festivals including New Forms, Vancouver; Abandon Normal Devices, Liverpool and the 10th Anniversary of the Pirate Bay, Stockholm.
Residents from Australia
Andrea Mastrovito’s work deals with reinventions of painting and drawing and of their supports, from a single sheet to the whole gallery in a continuous dialogue with the cycle of life. His work unravels from the studio to public spaces, in an open confrontation with audience and communities.
Andrea Mastrovito was born in Bergamo in 1978. He received his MFA in 2001 from Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti, Bergamo. He won the New York Prize, awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007 and the Moroso Prize in 2012 . He installed solo shows in private galleries in Milan, Florence, Paris, Geneva, Brussels, and New York and his most recent public solo shows includes At the End of the line, GAMEC, Bergamo; La libertè guidant le peuple, Pavillon Blanc, Colomiers and Le Cinque Giornate, Museo del Novecento, Milan. His works have also been included in many group exhibitions all across Europe and United States: MAXXI National Museum of the 21st century and Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rovereto; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; B.P.S. 22, Charleroi; Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne and the Museum of Art and Design, New York.
Residents from Italy
Alice Schivardi is interested in collecting stories and establishing human relationships, leading her toward a pursuit of the other as well as of the self. She focuses both on the natural and human condition, using technological and manual language. Schivardi’s work explores social phenomena and their logic, with a methodology that treasures the intimate exchange of micro-experiences. The threads of her “embroidery drawings” become a link between the artist and the stories, the artistic process and the finished artwork. Alice Schivardi lives and works in Rome.