Soda Jerk at Samstag Museum of Artwork
Soda Jerk, the collaborative sibling duo identified for his or her experimental movies, returns to Australia with a serious exhibition and an formidable new work. Their midcareer survey “Open Sauce” is an astute and well timed reminder of the methods wherein actuality might, in reality, be stranger than fiction. The present brings collectively a variety of video works from the previous 20 years, offered in a sequence of black-box rooms all through the area. It’s an exhibition designed to be seen over a protracted time frame, as every particular person work incorporates narrative threads that demand consideration from begin to end.
The star of the present is undoubtedly Soda Jerk’s newest feature-length movie, Hi there Dankness, 2022, which premiered on the museum and screens each day as a matinée. The artists are identified for his or her genre-defying use of video sampling and mash-ups to supply irreverent and satirical outcomes; Hi there Dankness is Soda Jerk at their most interesting. Whereas their earlier movie, TERROR NULLIUS, 2018, was a sci-fi feminist revenge fantasy that confronted Australia’s colonial historical past, Hi there Dankness provides a extra suburban reimagination of latest occasions—particularly, the years since 2016. The true terror of the brand new movie lies in its quotidian and unassuming nature, which rotoscopes scenes from standard movies and tv sequence to sew collectively a make-believe group the place contradicting realities converge. On this parallel universe, Tom Hanks from The ’Burbs (1989) is now a Bernie bro, dwelling alongside Annette Bennings from American Magnificence (1999), who proudly shows a Hillary signal on her garden.
Hi there Dankness provides the unsettling expertise of not realizing whether or not to chortle or cry. The absurdity on-screen is matched solely by the absurdity of the real-life occasions of latest years. For anybody who has weathered the previous few months watching the information cycle spin increasingly more into disarray, Hi there Dankness forces us to think about that we’re already dwelling within the darkest timeline.