Thanks to all who've submitted proposals so far.
While the demand for VITRINE and SAMPLE is high we're in need of more MAIN SPACE proposals.
So we're extending the deadline...
PLATFORM MAIN SPACE proposals now due: Monday 24 March*
Application pack and floor plan:
*This extension does not apply to VITRINE or SAMPLE applications
‘Surface event’ is a durational, site responsive project comprising thirteen paintings constructed from subtly shifting white hues. Painted directly on to the walls of the cabinets, each work is made incrementally as new elements are added every few days. The paintings’ final compositions slowly appear like an apparition to the commuters that pass through Platform over the course of the exhibition. The surfaces are created, exhausted and then finally painted over through the event of the exhibition. This project continues Eckersley’s ongoing investigations into the function of surfaces in painting.
The Little Worlds of The Treater Universe
The Treaters are Aboriginal artists from the Post Madonna Period. The artists (including a goth, a cyborg, a monkey man and mysterion blak metal) have collaborated within Vitrine – itself holding both their Little Worlds and the wider world in which they operate and subvert. You are invited to peer into the The Treaters’ Little World. Avant-guard stories that are constructions of multi-faceted identities and ways of being. These are contrasted by apparitions of dominant cultures that constantly threaten the value of Little Worlds. But never fear, The Treaters know the future – it's looking good for Little Worlds!
Goal is a new work, proposed specifically for the Platform SAMPLE space. By encasing a basketball ring inside the display cabinet, an object usually symbolic of success is divorced from the game for which it was designed, becoming unreachable and therefore useless.
This work is informed by the history of the ready-made and operates as a visual pun rather than a metaphor. Positioned within the flowing traffic of the Flinders Street Station underpass, Goal playfully underlines the professional doubts infinitely pondered by workers making the daily commute.
Leela Schauble is an artist who explores the esoteric nature of the human psyche and human interaction with natural world. Schauble’s works tackle notions of perceptions, existence, and transformation through the medium of video and photography.
The objects in Schauble’s work Synthetic Species have an even more apocalyptic tenor. Her primary material is plastic, shown here in photographs of new forms of life, floating in a primordial evolutionary soup. Because of its inorganic indestructability, she imagines this material as an unnatural successor to humankind once it has become extinct.
The institution of military offers a great example of a major source of socially constructed masculinity. Men are taught or forced to be brave, fight for their country, to protect their wives and children and sacrifice themselves for the greater good. And as a result, men as a whole are instilled with the need to take on traits such as stoicism, emotional strength, a commanding and decisive manner and physical strength. By turning an emblem usually demanding respect into something farcical, Armour challenges the belief that the armed forces represent the epitome of masculinity and what it should encompass.
Andrew J Burford's practise focuses on understanding and challenging cultural ideologies of socially constructed gender roles. Rather than making work that handles gender with a strictly serious tone, his work seeks out the absurdities, inviting the viewer to laugh.
It's that time of year again...
Platform is seeking proposals for May-December 2014.
Application pack and floor plan can be downloaded at:
Submissions due 26th February