Soda_Jerk, a two-person art collective formed in Sydney in 2002, has been awarded the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC). This is the third commission in the ten-year program for new works by mid-career Australian artists.
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 IPMIC is an initiative of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust (IPCT) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
The commission will make possible a new work, Terror Nullius, which will have its world premiere at ACMI in 2018. A combination of Australian Gothic, eco-horror and road movie, Terror Nullius is to be a rogue remapping of national mythology.
In announcing Soda_Jerk as the winning recipient, Katrina Sedgwick, IPMIC judge and director and CEO of ACMI, 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.”
The third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Soda_Jerk’s Terror Nullius will premiere at ACMI in 2018.