State of Art Platform [ S O A P ] is a collective of artist and writers founded in 2015 based in Melbourne. With an aim to challenge the position of the artwork within existing art platforms, SOAP has facilitated a number of cross disciplinary actions and discussions between artists, researchers and writers in artist run spaces in Melbourne (Blindside 2016, Kings ARI 2016, Fort Delta 2014). With each project, SOAP offers a fluid set of propositions to engage social and political current affairs and the current state of art, broadening the possibilities for the intersection of image and language across multiple platforms and beyond the gallery. Currently SOAP includes members from Melbourne, Germany and the USA. Past and current members include: Jack Brown, Beth Caird, Lucinda Eva-May, Nina Gilbert, Samantha McCulloch, Sophie Neate, James Tunks, Xanthe Waite, Christopher Williams-Wynn, Grace Wood, Azza Zein.
In most recent projects SOAP have engaged with topics such as The Archive, Economics, Engineering and Linguistics and the intersection of these topics with the field of fine art. SOAP has invited researchers from these fields combined with art theorists, writers and practicing artists to create an open dialogue about these areas of research and to exchange and open up the possibilities for looking at artwork.