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
Radovan Čerevka belongs to the first generation of graduates from the Atelier of 3D Free Creativity with professor Juraj Bartusz at the Faculty of Arts, Technical University in Košice. Čerevka’s practice is characterized by conceptual work with mass media, especially in the context of the international political, economic and humanitarian evetnts mediated by the news channels. He is interested in the power of truth, globally spread and locally accepted, with work that integrates aspects of activism and his own civic engagement. His recent topics included terrorist and military actions like the attack on Fallujah, the Beslan school attack, underground smugglilng in Gaza and a general interrest in the political situation in Iran and Chechnya. He is a member of the group Kassaboys.
Radovan Čerevka (born 1982, Košice, Slovakia) graduated from The Technical University of Košice and during his studies participated in the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Čerevka completed his PhD studies in the Department of Intermedia and Multimedia at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava. He is currently working as an lecturer in the Studio of 3D Free creativity at the Faculty of Arts, The Technical University of Košice.
Residents from Slovakia
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.