In fall of 2010, the IHC launched a new project: the PLATFORM Gallery Space, founded and curated by IHC Senior Artist Alejandro Casazi in cooperation with associate curators Laura Devendorf, Yumi Kinoshita, and Cole Cohen.Originating from the French word plateforme, meaning “ground plan” or “flat shape,” PLATFORM is an exhibition space and journal designed to bolster the careers of young international artists through the submission and display of two-dimensional media, time-based artwork and creative writing. With a current portfolio of five exhibitions, displaying the work of more than seventy artists from over 16 nationalities. The subject matter of the exhibitions are aligned with the academic yearly series of the IHC, providing a great space to bridge the artwork and writings of the participants, individuals, communities, and cultures.

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posthuman_poster-copy_WEBPOST-HUMAN NATURE
August 10th – December 20th / 2013
Nations now possess computer-augmented militaries, where soldiers are accompanied or replaced by remote technicians and combat systems make more autonomous decisions about tactics and strategy. Drone warfare forces soldiers and civilians to confront the shifting boundaries between physicality, robotics and ethics. What might future warriors look like? How will propaganda or attempts to rally the human spirit during wartime change? How will empathy, suffering, and the role of human instinct be reconsidered? How do we “extend” ourselves through the use and understanding of military technology (physically, aesthetically, and emotionally), resulting in creation of posthuman identities? How do these questions and concerns manifest in literature and visual arts? “Post-Human Nature” invites submissions by artists and writers who incorporate the following topics in their work and process, including but not limited to: man-machine symbiosis, ubiquitous computing, augmented/virtual reality, information noise, artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and robotics.
“Post-Human Nature” is a response to our previous exhibition, “Collective Intelligence: Early Human Narratives,” in which artists and writers explored relationship between technology and narrative production/re-interpretation. This show will focus on works that address the notion of self-displacement through technology.


Early-Human Narratives

Sept, 2012 – Feb, 2013
As contemporary culture shifts towards honoring forms of communication that stress immediacy and shorthand (text messaging, email), and moves away from a communal narrative experience, what ancient stories continue to sustain modern communities? What new origin narratives will be created by a culture shaped by digital technology? Why do some stories stand the test of time, while others are forgotten? These are the questions that Platform’s latest exhibit (Collective Intelligence) aims to explore. While our attempts to remain constantly connected via digital technology lead increasingly to a paradoxical sense of isolation, certain stories continue to be shared and retold. This exhibit will look to ancient stories for clues for forming future art communities. We are curious about how the origins of cultural touchstone narratives (stories denying singular authorship or copyright, such as those born of the attempt to explain the seemingly inexplicable or fables passed down to enforce a moral or lesson) mutate in the cultural memory with each retelling, encouraging reinterpretation.


June 1 – September 15
Where Platform’s previous shows Snarled Megalopolis and Suburbia explored geographies of large cities and suburbs, Micro-Topologies investigates the complexities of human-land relationships and natural-human phenomena envisioned in “local” contexts. The exhibit features artworks that reveal, examine and (re)interpret activities, environments, movements and communities on a small scale. It focuses on specific sites, interpreting “micro” as literally microscopic or hyper-local.


January 3 – May 31 /2011
Where Platform’s last exhibition, Snarled Megalopolis, visualized the organic shapes generated by cities out of control, Suburbia will highlight landscapes and architectures characterized by regulation, uniformity, and standardization. These landscapes are visions of nostalgia, constructed as rings around cities, bridges between cities, islands that echo cities, or pockets inside cities. These spaces long for a return to a bucolic paradise, yet are trapped in a frenetic geometrization that moves inexorably towards a sterilized utopia. As an international show, Suburbia will present a global perspective on the way repetitive and planned landscapes are interpreted and formed in other cultures, creating a multicultural rendering of both the motivations to form these spaces and the psychologies that suburbs generate. The IHC’s Platform Gallery features a curated collection of prints and video from an international body of artists.


Visions of the Emerging Face of Megacities
October 7 – December 17 / 2010
This exhibition collects artists’ visualizations of vertiginously growing megacities, with their impulsive structures and grids.  Featuring the work of fourteen individual artists from around the world, Snarled Megalopolis will explore a wide range of urban configurations — slum, favela, comuna, barrio de invación, taudis, shantytown.
This exhibition gathers art pieces based on unplanned urban growth of different megacities, showing how these spaces reflect and shape local political, cultural, and religious practices, and focusing on the common configuration of the urban grid.Introduction by:
BRIAN JONES, PhD Candidate
Department of Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara