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
Javier Barrios’ work moves in a landscape between utopia and facts, with inspirations drawn from science fiction, visions of the future, technology, architecture, science and space exploration, to mention just a few sources. The inner core of his practice relates to the great philosophical questions surrounding the origin and the evolution of mankind, and the need to find the balance between fact and fiction in this arena. He harvests information from populist medias such as journals, television, the internet, films and books, and it is from a populistic point of view that he utilizes this material in order to throw light on contemporary tendencies. Working in a multidisciplinary way, Barrios creates a dynamic constellation visualizing the complexity of the theme, while his use of materials (mylar, plexi, aluminum, light) reflects the use of material in construction work.
Javier Barrios (born 1979 San Luis Potosi) studied at the National Academy of Arts, Oslo and at the School of Visual Arts, New York. His recent solo exhibitions include Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo; Akershus Kunstner Senter, Lillestrøm; Galerie Muelhaupt, Cologne and group exhibitions at Galleri K, Oslo; Vetsfossen Kunstlaboratorium; Norsk Skulprturbiennale and Vigeland Museum. Barrios lives and works in Oslo.
Residents from Norway
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.