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
Maria Rapicavoli’s photo and video work explores conditions and experiences of power, alienation, invisibility and displacement, through a critique of global economic and political systems. Her poetic installations call into question dominant historical narratives, disrupting perceived notions of the post-war era with her investigations into the materiality of evidence and the status of knowledge. Rapicavoli’s current project draws attention to air space as a place of military power and global economic struggle and to all the invisible maneuvers that happen in the air. She seeks to make tangible the ways these actions, taking place out of sight, invisible to the majority of the global population, impact our everyday lives. Neither strictly documentary nor didactic in tone, Rapicavoli invites her viewers to reconsider the present through a critical analysis of the past.
Maria Rapicavoli lives and works in New York. She has recently completed the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Residency Program and was a fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program. She received her MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College University, London in 2005 and her BA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Catania in 2001. She is the recipient of numerous grants and prizes including the NCTM e l’arte. She was nominated for the Talent Prize in Italy and she received the DE.MO/Movin’UP grant in 2011. In 2008 she won the Renaissance Prize Award at the Italian Cultural Institute in London and in 2004 she achieved a Postgraduate Award in Arts and Humanities by AHRC-London. Her works have been exhibited in many international exhibitions including: Whitechapel Gallery, London; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Guest Projects, London; Palazzo Reale, Milan; Riso, Museo D’arte Contemporanea della Sicilia Palermo; Strozzina, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Italian Cultural Institute, London and The LAB, San Francisco.
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.