Within the arsenal of espionage, the dead drop is an IRL tactic which enables operatives to share knowledge freely and covertly. Our contribution to the Obsidian Coast library is a dead drop that takes the form of a USB drive embedded into the wall, containing hundreds of pirated Australian cinema and TV sources ranging from Ozploitation films to New Wave classics, political documentaries and eco-horror masterworks. This p2p archive is a sampling of the sources that conceptually and materially informed our politic revenge fable TERROR NULLIUS (2018).
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective who work at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction. They are fundamentally interested in the politics of images: how they circulate, whom they benefit, and how they can be undone. Predominantly working with video and lecture performance, their sample-based projects have also taken the form of cut-up texts, manifestos and screensavers. Based in New York since 2012, they have exhibited in galleries, cinemas and institutions including the Barbican Centre, London; Videotage, Hong Kong; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Museum of Conentemporary Art, Chicago; Hartware Medien KunstVerein, Dortmund; Wexner Centre for the Arts, Columbus; and Anthology Film Archives, New York.