7 December 2017
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has announced the third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, TERROR NULLIUS by internationally acclaimed sample art collective Soda_Jerk.
Sampling countless iconic Australian films, TERROR NULLIUS is part political satire, eco-horror, and road movie. It will be exhibited at ACMI from Tuesday 20 March to Sunday 1 July 2018.
“TERROR NULLIUSis a sample-based film which reconstructs Australian cinema to create a political revenge fable in three acts,“ Soda_Jerk explained. “It is our un-writing of Australian mythology, where a misogynystic remark is met with the sharp beak of a bird, or the jaws of a crocodile. Where feminist bike gangs conspire and rampage, and bicentenary celebrations are ravaged by flesh-eating sheep. It’s arthouse meets grindhouse, both dark and hopeful and irreverent and urgent.”
TERROR NULLIUSis the third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC), a ten-year, biennial program providing $100,000 for the creation of new works by mid-career Australian artists – and the most significant moving image commission in the country.
Soda_Jerk take on the IPMIC following the success of The Was, their 2016 collaboration with The Avalanches. This year they have also presented multi-channel video installations at international art spaces including the Barbican in London, Videotage in Hong Kong and the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens.
The generous support of the IPMIC enabled Soda_Jerk to conduct extensive and intensive archival research into Australian screen culture as well as make possible a long held dream to collaborate with Melbourne filmmaker, writer and artist Phillip Brophy on the sound design for the work.
Soda_Jerk were also able to engage John Klacsmann, Archivist at Anthology Film Archives in New York, in order to adopt the most innovative transcoding procedures for their sampled material.
TERROR NULLIUSis a free exhibition premiering at ACMI on Tuesday 20 March.