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

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).

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.

Hello Dankness will screen daily at the Samstag Museum of Art as part of their survey show Open Sauce. The exhibtion will also include previous works from their 20 year practice including TERROR NULLIUS (2018) and The Was (2015), a collaboration with electronic music group The Avalanches.

When: Daily from October 18, 2022
Where: Samstag Museum of Art


About the Artist

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. Formed in Sydney in 2002, they have been based in Brooklyn and Berlin since 2010. They have undertaken international studio residencies including ISCP New York, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, FACT Liverpool and Videotage Hong Kong. In 2016, a retrospective of Soda Jerk’s films was presented by Anthology Film Archives in New York. Their work has also been exhibited in international art institutions including the Barbican Centre, Chisenhale Gallery, The Whitworth, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Gallery of Art Washington DC, Seoul Museum of Art and Tai Kwun Contemporary Hong Kong.

View the full AFF 2022 Visual Arts program.