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
Sonia Shiel’s far-fetched works are vested in melodrama, special effect and various traditions of storytelling. They are composed of individual paintings and sculptures, including videos and animated sculptures, that share the central materiality of paint. Set in ungoverned, lawless environments: the wild west; the high seas, the animal kingdom and so on – her protagonists in their various pursuits, are confronted by nature, mortality, the mockery of chance, rules and other obstacles of their own creation. Idyllic scenes of industry, nature and society are underscored with preposterous violence, the inflated caricature of cartoons and the supra-governance of a natural law.
Sonia Shiel was born and lives in Dublin. She has had solo exhibitions at The Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; The Model, Sligo; Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; Kulturbunker, Frankfurt; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and The RHA Gallery I and II, Dublin, among others. Forthcoming Solo Shows include FLOOD, Dublin; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Program Gallery/Foundation for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Volta, New York and the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. Recipient of the Arts Council Project Award, Shiel will participate in the 2014 Art and Law Program at Fordham Law School.
Residents from Ireland
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.