Light Bar plus special guests
1255 W Pender St. Vancouver BC.
August 13th and 18th
Hosted in the Wantoo Lounge with New Forms
In partnership with ISEA2015
private opening and closing event for the Symposium
Instant Coffee Loves Everyone
Instant Coffee Light Bar was first conceived as an ironic gesture to confront the sincere difficulties of living in such a rainy and grey climate as Vancouver, British Columbia. The research began in 2008 in Bergen Norway, a city with equally dark and rainy winters. It was initially presented as an experimental concept to explore light therapy as a social endeavor - collectively seeking well-being in a social and visual art environment. Almost immediately, we, as the collective Instant Coffee, discovered the genuine effects of light therapy delivered within the context of social sculpture. The Light Bar has taken many forms, but always has at its centre a sculptural form that functions as a bar encapsulated by full spectrum lights. This sculpture becomes the pinnacle for a larger environment which is used as a venue to host cultural events from music to performances; from scientific lectures to artist talks; from art exhibitions to karaoke. Since its initial presentation, the Light Bar has taken many forms and has been brought to life in many places from Hoorn in The Netherlands to Victoria, BC. Upon learning that many parallel researches and studies were being conducted in the field of psychology and scientific communities, Instant Coffee was doubly emboldened.
In partnership with ISEA2015
Instant Coffee [IC] is a service oriented curatorial and artist collective based in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. IC's frequent practice is to build venues or stages for organized events from formal lectures and screenings to informal gatherings and workshops. These artworks often require hosts who initiate some form of performative interaction. Instant Coffee has an extensive art practice, spanning near fifteen years. As an artist collective they have invested in combining the social with the aesthetic, and as such have worked in public spaces to engage large audiences. IC has had numerous solo exhibitions, including Take the Easy Way, MKG127, Toronto and The hero, the villain, the salesman, the parent, a side kick and a servant, Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser university, Vancouver. IC participated in a residency program at Incheon Art Platform, S. Korea and designed an installation for the Cheongju International Craft Biennale. They will launch a publication with Western Front, Vancouver relating to their exhibition Feeling So Much Yet Doing So Little. IC recently launched Colours a public artwork at Station SQ. in Burnaby BC. As part of the City of Vancouver’s 2010 Cultural Olympic programme, IC opened Light Bar a full-spectrum light bar installation and venue. In 2009 IC exhibited the Disco Fallout Shelter, at the Toronto Sculpture Garden, and as part of Subvision, Hamburg; Nooks as part of How Soon is Now, Vancouver Art Gallery; Light Bar as part of Assume Nothing, New Social Practice, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Other select residencies and exhibitions include Sølyst, Denmark, Kuenstlerhaeuser Worpswede, Germany; Flaggfabrikken/Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway; School of Non-Productive Learning, Aarhus, Denmark; Mercer Union, Toronto; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Casa del Encuentro MDE07 encuentro internacional, Medellin, Colombia; the Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco and the America’s Society, New York.
Photography by Adam Hendrik Lesartefact 2015