Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Soda_Jerk awarded the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

Congratulations to Soda Jerk on winning this game-changing award!

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Following the first two critically acclaimed exhibitions resulting from the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC), the third $100,000 commission in the ten-year program for new works by mid-career Australian artists has been awarded to the two very talented Australian artists who form the video sampling collective Soda_Jerk.

Soda_Jerk has been awarded the prize from a field of impressive candidates vying for the prestigious visual art commission – an initiative of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust (IPCT) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Soda_Jerk take on the IPMIC following the success of their July 2016 work The Was, which they created in collaboration with The Avalanches.

The commission will make possible a new work, Terror Nullius, which will have its world premiere at ACMI in 2018. Equal parts Australian Gothic, eco-horror, and road movie, Terror Nullius is to be a rogue remapping of national mythology. By intricately weaving together fragments of Australia's cultural history and film legacy, Terror Nullius will point towards the unstable entanglement of fiction that underpins this country's vexed sense of self.

Terror Nullius follows on from the success of the two previous commissions, The Calling by Angelica Mesiti and Daniel Crooks' Phantom Ride (2016), both of which enjoyed critical and popular success upon premiering at ACMI.

In announcing Soda_Jerk as the winning recipient, IPMIC Judge and ACMI Director & CEO, Katrina Sedgwick, praised their innovative work in the rapidly expanding field of moving image art.

"We are thrilled to award Soda_Jerk the third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission. Their work is challenging and cheeky, clever, playful and insightful – and it stood out amongst an incredibly competitive field of applicants. Terror Nullius will confront, poke at and recontextualise the clichés, stereotypes and overwhelming whiteness of our Australian cinema history - and it's so great that ACMI, as the national museum of film, television, video games and digital art and culture, is hosting its world premiere next year."

Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective that approaches sampling as an alternate form of history-making. Working at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction, their archival practice has taken the form of video installations, cut-up texts, screensavers and live video essays. Soda_Jerk has recently collaborated with Australian collectives The Avalanches and VNS Matrix, and have held solo exhibitions at Anthology Film Archives in New York, the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington DC, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Their multi-channel video installations have also been staged at Pioneer Works, New York; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. During 2017 their work will also show at SPACES, Cleveland; Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and the Barbican, London.

Today Soda_Jerk spoke about their excitement in receiving the commission: "It's a staggering honor to be selected for the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, our collective head is spinning. But we are also ready to get to work. To be braver, graver, more ambitious, technically dexterous and politically urgent with this project. It is this commission's incredibly generous gift of time and resources, as well as ACMI's expertise, that will make this possible. We are epically thankful".

Lady Potter AC, Trustee of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, commended Soda_Jerk on being awarded the third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission. "After two successful previous commissions, I am confident the audience will find this ambitious new work by Soda_Jerk both exciting and intriguing. No doubt, Soda_Jerk's Terror Nullius will draw a young audience with their contemporary approach and use of digital media. This marks another exciting chapter of the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission which is intended to encourage exploration of moving image as an art form."

The third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Soda_Jerk's Terror Nullius will premiere at ACMI in 2018.

About the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC)
The IPMIC is Australia's most significant long-term commissioning program of new contemporary moving image art by Australian artists. A joint initiative of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and ACMI, this biennial award represents a ten-year commitment to this exciting art form. The IPMIC is a biennial award designed to enable a mid-career artist to produce an ambitious new moving image work that demonstrates a major development or shift in their practice. Through the commission partners, the award provides two levels of support to the successful artist: $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, as well as highly specialized curatorial, production and presentation expertise provided by ACMI. More at:

About the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC) Judging Panel
The IPMIC Judging Panel comprises experts including curators, filmmakers, and producers. This year the judges are: Annette Blonski (freelance script editor/consultant), Jose Da Silva (Head of the Australian Cinematheque at the Queensland Arts Gallery of Modern Art), Amanda Duthie (CEO and director of the Adelaide Film Festival), Hannah Matthews (Senior Curator at Monash University Museum of Art), Gideon Obarzanek (film director/choreographer) and judging panel Chair, Katrina Sedgwick (ACMI Director and CEO). Lady Potter AC acted as Special Advisor to the judging panel.

About the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (IPCT)
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust was established in 1993 by The Ian Potter Foundation to encourage and support diversity and excellence among emerging Australian artists. The Trust's funding is governed by a commitment to excellence: it seeks to support individuals who are passionate about their work and have the potential to be outstanding in their field. The Trust's main funding stream offers grants to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. To date, more than 1,400 artists have received grants totaling over $7 million. The Ian Potter Arts Commissions represent the Trust's flagship award, complementing the main ongoing program of grants for individual artists. The Ian Potter Moving Image Commissions are the Trust's third major commissions program, following Music (composition) and Sculpture.

About ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
ACMI is Australia's only national museum of film, video games, digital culture, and art – situated at the very heart of Melbourne, in Federation Square. The world's most visited moving image or film museum, ACMI exists to celebrate, support and explore the past, present and future of the moving image through a vibrant calendar of exhibitions, screenings, installations and commissions, festivals, workshops, as well as public and education programs, in Australia and beyond. More at


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