The Carousel (Soda_Jerk, 2011), 2-channel video lecture performance, 60 minutes, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2012, Photo by Gallery of Modern Art

The Carousel is a two-channel video and lecture performance by Australian artist collective Soda_Jerk that examines, through an eclectic mix and juxtaposition of film samples, “film as a burial crypt where we collectively commune with the dead.” Their performative video essay uses cultural theories of hauntology to conjoin disparate topics such as media theory, mysticism, kung-fu, vintage sci-fi, zombie flicks and techno horror as a gesture toward the re-animation of film’s latent spectres.

The lecture performance has increasingly appeared as a live presentational format within cinematic milieux and, as an expanded form of practice, has created new discursive frameworks through which the moving image and its exhibitionary modes might be conceived. Contemporary iterations of lecture performance in many ways echo the pre-cinematic traditions of the magic lantern performance. The Carousel could be understood as a digital-era articulation of the phantasmagorie, performative presentations that also dealt with horror, re-animation and the displacement of bodies/images.

We will be curating a blog with contributions from UAL students to facilitate discourse around this event, responding to a reading/watching list that the artists have provided, as well as the performance itself. Possible topics include digital necromancy, Jacques Derrida’s Spectres of Marx or the relation between the living and the dead in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective that works with sampled material to construct rogue histories and counter-mythologies. Taking the form of video installations and live video essays, their archival image practice is situated at the interzone of experimental film, documentary and speculative fiction. Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk are currently undertaking a European Media Arts Network residency at Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool.

Monday, June 29 – 7:00PM
Korean Cultural Centre UK (1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5JR)
Free admission

Curated by Herb Shellenberger and Carly Whitefield, MRes Art: Moving Image, Central Saint Martins/LUX. Project supported by the Postgraduate Communities Fund, University of the Arts London. Thanks to Rachael Daniels (Postgraduate Community, University of the Arts London), Hyunjin Cho (Korean Cultural Centre UK), Maria Palacios Cruz (LUX) and Lucy Reynolds (MRes Art: Moving Image, Central Saint Martins/LUX).