AFF has announced three visual arts projects, Hello Dankness, Wave and Richard Bell – Embassy, that will launch as part of Adelaide Film Festival, 19 – 30 October 2022.

Hello Dankness, a new feature film by Soda Jerk, will open at Samstag Museum of Art on October 18. This 2022 commission is the newest addition to the long-standing biennial Art & Moving Image Co-commission by the Adelaide Film Festival and the Samstag Museum of Art. The Co-commission supports the development and presentation of bold and innovative screen-based works by artists and screen creators. Hello Dankness is the eleventh commission among works by artists that include Lynette Wallworth, Daniel Crooks and Warwick Thornton.

Hello Dankness is a bent suburban musical that bears witness to the psychotropic cultural spectacle of the period 2016 to 2021. Set in the American suburbs, the film follows a group of neighbours through these years as consensus reality disintegrates into conspiracies and other political contagions. Part political satire, zombie stoner film and Greek tragedy, the work is also informed by the encrypted memetics of contemporary internet culture. Hello Dankness is Soda Jerk’s third feature film, and follows their controversial political revenge fable TERROR NULLIUS (2018). It will screen daily at the Samstag Museum of Art within their survey exhibition Open Sauce.

The second commission, Wave unites digital imagery, ceramics and sound in an immersive 360-degree installation in the Elder Wing of the Art Gallery of South Australia. South Australian artist Gerry Wedd’s iconic ceramics and drawings are brought to life with an evocative soundscape composed by Gabriella Smart in this cinematic production directed by Wedd and Mark Patterson, with digital production by Jumpgate VR. Visitors are invited on an epic journey from sea to sky through this new form of storytelling that unites the mythic imagery of Wedd and the sonic intensity of Smart. Wave has received support from Adelaide Film Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Film Corporation, Arts South Australia and Rick Martin.

The third visual art project isEmbassy by Richard Bell presented as part of  Tarnanthi, AGSA’s acclaimed continuous celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. Embassy is inspired by the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the protest camp set up 50 years ago on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. This installation, exhibited on the AGSA forecourt, will feature film screenings and talks providing a platform to challenge preconceived ideas and stereotypes about Aboriginal people, art and culture. Embassy will be exhibited on AGSA’s Forecourt from 22 – 23 October.

In addition, AFF is excited to be launching a new initiative, AFF EXPAND Lab, to support the next generation of moving images makers alongside the announcement of the festival’s visual art program.

AFF EXPAND Lab will bring together visual artists, media artists, film and XR practitioners in a development lab with a commissioning outcome to be unveiled as part of AFF 2024, continuing the tradition of AFF’s history of delivering acclaimed development programs including Film Lab New Voices and HIVE. The inaugural AFF EXPAND Lab is a collaboration between Adelaide Film Festival, Samstag Museum of Art, Illuminate Adelaide, Art Gallery of South Australia and is supported by Arts SA and The Balnaves Foundation. Find out more about AFF Expand Lab.