Astro Black by soda_Jerk
curated by Christina Vassallo
January 27 - March 24, 2017
SPACES / Cleveland, OH
Soda_Jerk's Astro Black is an ongoing video series which uses sampled material to consider the origins and politics of Sun Ra's Afrofuturist mythology. Informed by cultural theories of Afrofuturism, this speculative history seeks to draw out the nexus of science fiction and social politics in Black Atlantic sonic culture. Astro Black is one of three shows to inaugurate the new home of SPACES and marks the first exhibition in Cleveland by Australian collective Soda_Jerk.
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a 2-person art collective that approaches sampling as a form of rogue historiography. Working at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction, their archival practice takes the form of films, video installations, cut-up texts and lecture performances. Based in New York since 2012, they have exhibited in museums, festivals, cinemas and torrent sites.