Australian sisters Dominique and Dan Angeloro are Soda_Jerk. In a tradition paved by the Dadaists, William Burroughs, UK duo Coldcut, Pierre Henry, Andy Warhol, Max Ernst, Lee Perry, The Yellow Magic Orchestra and their ilk, Soda_Jerk mine popular culture and turn it into a new form that both stupefies and amazes.
Their most recent work, TERROR NULLIUS - “A Political Revenge Fable In Three Acts”, takes Australian tropes, traits and "tragic historical trajectory" and places them all in the mix in a political road movie rooted in "a kind of rogue retelling of Australian history that wilfully conjoins Australian Gothic films, Ozploitation, eco-horror, road movies and pub rock"(1). Mad Max meets feminism, queer culture, Southern Cross tattoos, race riots, dangerous wildlife and politics in a 55 minute ride constructed entirely from found resources.
At the end of last year, Soda_Jerk were announced as the winners of an initiative established by the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission and Australian Centre for the Moving Image that awarded them the funds to produce TERROR NULLIUS. However, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust withdrew their promotional support from the project one day before the film’s world premiere, citing the film to be "un-Australian".
“The Ian Potter Foundation like the idea of a politically engaged work much more than the reality of one,” they wrote on their Facebook page recently, describing Terror Nullius as “a paradoxical vision of a nation where idyllic beaches host race riots, governments poll love-rights and the perils of hyper-masculinity are overshadowed only by the enduring horror of Australia’s colonising myth of terra nullius”.
Fortunately, the trust announced that all financial commitments to the art collective will be met in full. Soda_Jerk told Guardian Australia: “While on a personal level it’s relieving to know they’ll honour their financial commitment to the work, we do feel this is an issue much larger than empty pockets. It’s about the vexed relationship between art and private interest. And also what it means to be Australian, un-Australian or otherwise. If ‘very controversial’ is another way of saying that the work is willing to start uncomfortable conversations, then we’ll happily wear it.”
TERROR NULLIUS is currently showing hourly for FREE on Level 2 of the Australian Center For The Moving Image until July 1st, 2018.
Here's 2015's amazing The Was - a collaboration between the duo and Aussie sampling kings The Avalanches. Enjoy.