FEATURED ARTIST

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SODA_JERK

DAN ANGELORO BORN 1977 & DOMINIQUE ANGELORO BORN 1979

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SUPERKALEIDOSCOPE PRESENTs EMERGING AUSTRALIAN ARTIST SODA_JERK

Soda_Jerk currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. 

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Some Thoughts on Astro Black

In their 4-channel video installation Astro Black, Soda_Jerk have created an account of history based upon the visions and memories of Sun Ra – a musician and thinker from outer space. This account is rendered in an incandescent remix of video and audio samples – careening from ancient Egypt to the Starship Enterprise, from the first moon landing to Planet Rock; and it is informed by the ideas of Afrofuturism – a field of theory that describes the use of science fiction tropes in Black Atlantic culture as an expression of ‘otherness’ and a means for the creation of alternative and more enabling histories.

Like any compelling historians, Soda_Jerk have created their narrative by deleting information that does not meet their needs. They work with painstaking care, frame by frame, to mask extraneous elements and dislocate hundreds of samples from their original context. But far from making a claim to Truth, this process creates a density of experience: each sample in the remix carries its cargo of associations – personal, historical, aesthetic and political – and delivers them within Soda_Jerk’s newly minted myth.

The remix allows a certain openness of interpretation, and can be construed as a critique of a singular view of history, but Soda_Jerk are reverent in the treatment of samples as artefacts. They leave reminders of the nature of their materials by showing us the ends of reels, scratches and fly spots, or celluloid blooming into flame and sticky melt. The effect is a powerful demonstration that history is but the product of a particular configuration of historical artefacts, and that cogent new histories can be achieved by moving the pieces around.

And the work moves beyond deconstructionist critique to propose alternative means of tracing culture and telling stories. The cycle is presented as a history of sonic culture, and music provides both the object of that history and a large part of its structure. In signature style, for example, Soda_Jerk deploys Kraftwerk to communicate with an alien mothership via synthesiser, and the mothership responds with tracks that have sampled Kraftwerk’s music. This jam session could be described as an epic account of history because, after all, what is history but the movement of culture through space and time?  


Text by art writer Anna Saulwick

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Above Images:

Soda_Jerk
Astro Black (Episode 0: We are the Robots)
Digital video
Dur: 6.22

© Images courtesy of the artist.

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SuperKaleidoscope kindly thank Soda_Jerk and Anna Saulwick for their contributions.

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Above from left:

Soda_Jerk
Astro Black (Episode -1: The Race for Space)
Digital video
Dur: 6.34 

Soda_Jerk
Astro Black (Episode 1: Destination Planet Rock)
Digital video
Dur: 6.20

Soda_Jerk
Astro Black (Episode 2: Armageddon has been in Effect)
Digital video
Dur: 6.31

© Images courtesy of the artist.

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