Online Exhibition: Hollywood Burn | SODA_JERK & SAM SMITH
Soda_Jerk with Sam Smith
Hollywood Burn (2011)
video, colour, sound, 16:9, 52 minutes
Mimicking the hyperbolic rhetoric of today’s copyright cops, Hollywood Burn pits a righteous league of video pirates against the evil tyrant Moses and his Copyright Commandments. Determined to alter the present by changing the past, the pirates travel back to 1955 to construct the ultimate weapon: an Elvis Presley video-clone. Part sci-fi + rom com + biblical epic + action movie, this remix manifesto adopts the tactical responses of the parasite, feeding off the body of Hollywood and inhabiting its cinematic structures and codes. Completed over 10 years in collaboration with artist Sam Smith, Soda_Jerk’s anti-copyright epic is entirely constructed from hundreds of pirated samples plundered from the Hollywood archive. The unwitting all-star cast includes Elvis Presley, Charlton Heston, Monkey, Batman, Bette Davis, Jaws, Jesus, The Hulk, The Hoff and the Ghostbusters.
Soda_Jerk is an Australian two-person art collective that works with found material to trouble existing formulations of cultural history. Taking the form of video installations and lecture performances, their archival image practice merges the zones of research, documentary and speculative fiction.
Hollywood Burn: (Full Movie) https://vimeo.com/45360616
Hollywood Burn: (trailer) https://vimeo.com/34675675