Soda Jerk: Hello Dankness, 2022 (film still) Courtesy of the artist

The 2022 AFF & Samstag Co-commission –
Soda Jerk’s Hello Dankness

Comprised entirely of hundreds of pirated film samples, 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 neighbourhood 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 screens within Soda Jerk’s solo exhibition Open Sauce, which also includes screenings of their controversial political fable TERROR NULLIUS (2018) and a large-scale installation of THE WAS (2015), Soda Jerk’s video collaboration with The Avalanches.

Soda Jerk is a duo who make sample-based experimental films with a rogue documentary impulse. They are fundamentally interested in the politics of images; how they circulate, whom they benefit and how they can be undone.

Soda Jerk’s Hello Dankness is the 2022 biennial Art & Moving Image commission by the Adelaide Film Festival, in partnership with the Samstag Museum of Art, and will have its world premiere at Samstag from Tuesday 18 October 2022.

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.

When: 19 October – 16 December 2022

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Hello Dankness premiere screening 18 October at 4.20pm followed by opening of Open Sauce exhibition. RSVP at 

Hello Dankness then screens daily at 3.30pm

Where: Samstag Museum of Art, Hawke Building, City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000

View the full AFF 2022 Visual Arts program.