Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Instant Coffee - THE LIGHT BAR - Lateral Learning Book Launch Feb. 19th

21. INSTANT COFFEE | LIGHT BAR | opening & event schedule | FEB 12
LIGHT BAR by Instant Coffee

The artist collective Instant Coffee presents Light Bar, a full-spectrum
light bar installation and venue for light therapy, light lectures, light
shows, light reading and light rock. Instant Coffee Light Bar is an
ongoing art project that investigates the potential and power of light. The
artists come to this idea through necessity. Living in a place such as
Vancouver, Canada, where the rain can seem endless, the negative effects of
the lack of sunlight on individual psyches and the large social milieu
feels at times paramount. The use of light as a therapy or as a remedy for
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is commonly and affectively used by
individuals, but for Light Bar Instant Coffee puts it to the test in small
or large group situations.

As part of Bright Light a collaborative project that brings together
fourteen arts organizations from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Bright
Light is commissioned by the City of Vancouver through its Olympic and
Paralympic Public Art Program. www.bright-light.ca

Instant Coffee is a service oriented artist collective based in Toronto and
Vancouver. They began their light research in Bergen, Norway in
collaboration with Flaggfabrikken, opening the Light Bar for two nights of
events and therapy. They continued their research over a three-month
residency at Kuenstlerhaeuser, Worpswede, Germany then returned to
Vancouver to open the Light Bar Bus Shelter, as part of A Bright Future, a
four part public commission for 88 BLOCKS*Art on Main for which they
adapted the Main and West 20th bus shelter into a full spectrum light
therapy bar. In working with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Instant
Coffee opened the Light Bar, a functioning bar and venue from January 30th
to May 24th, 2009. Instant Coffee's most consistent members are Cecilia
Berkovic, Jinhan Ko, Kelly Lycan, Jenifer Papararo, Kate Monro, and Khan Lee.

Where: Instant Coffee Light Bar: 33 West Cordova St.
When: Multiple events, beginning February 12 through March 20, 2010;
opening hours, Wednesday to Saturday, 7pm - 12 am, and for special events

Select Schedule of Events:
Friday, February 12: Opening night celebration with the premier performance
of CHRISTINE, a Vancouver synth pop band with Julian Paul Carnrite and
Kevin Ron Schmidt. Christine uses computers to make their music and likes
it when you dance. With guest djs Natalie Purschwitz and Jeremy Mendes,
performance at 11pm

Saturday, February 13: Slide Show: Aaron Carpenter, Christine D'Onofrio,
Owen Kidd, Shannon Oksanen, Alex Pensato, Philippe Pasquier, Judy Radul,
Sylvain Sailly and Sydney Vermont. Instant Coffee invites ten artists to
show slides of their work or as work; old school analogue or not; vacation
pics may be included. With guest djs Rodney Graham and Jeremy Shaw.

Thursday, February 18: Light Lecture: RAYMOND W. LAM, MD, Professor of
Psychiatry at UBC and Director of the Mood Disorders Centre at UBC
Hospital, lectures on light, its relationship to SAD and Non-SAD Conditions
www.UBCsad.ca, 8pm followed by an Instant Coffee light show.

Friday, February 19: Book Launch: Lateral Learning by Vantage Art Projects,
an exhibition-in-print project Vol.1 guest curated by Paul Butler with
essays by Dr. Jeanne Randolph and Mark Clintberg, 8pm

Saturday, February 20: Rooftop Special: hosted by LUCAS GRANITO, DANIEL
HELLMANN AND KELVIN BEAUDETTE. Inspired by the sunny daytime parties at WMC
in Miami, Sonar in Spain Picnik Electronique in Montreal and their events
last summer, Rooftop Special aims to recreate a place like summer in the
Light Bar. To complement the space they will be playing classic Chicago
house and lots of modern dance music.

Saturday, February 27: Karaoke and Authenticity: Seattle curator ERIC
FREDERICKSEN will host a night of karaoke interwoven with an illustrated
lecture. Malcolm McLaren recently wrote, "Today there are two words that
sum up the culture: 'authenticity' is one, and the other ... 'karaoke'!
With Vancouver's karaoke experts, Weekend Leisure. Lecture at 9pm

Monday, March 8: Light Compositions: DIDIER PETIT (cello), VIVIANE HOULE
(voice) and STEFAN SMULOVITZ (viola & laptop) come together for a rare
performance hosted by TOM CONE, 9pm

Friday, March 12: Woo Magazine launch.

Saturday, March 13: Van Bands: KICK EVRYTHING and CALL THE CITY play loud, 10pm

Wednesday, March 17: Slickerslacker is Fiona Bowie and Jim Peers (guitar,
vox, knobs and tubes, buttons, various utensils and sliders), 10pm

Thursday, March 18: Danish Artist Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen will host a
screening event based on her video works and give a short presentation on
the artists-run exhibition space rum46 in �rhus, Denmark, 8pm

Friday, March 19: CAM DALES of the ice cream social playing 50's and 60's hits.

House dj's: Julian Paul Carnrite, Peter Gazendam, Lazers Bomb, Mittens and
Gloves, Jeremy Mendes, Stephen Murray, Jenifer Papararo, and Natalie
Purshwitz. Guest bartenders: Vivian Bessette, Marianne Bos, Tom Cone, Owen
Kidd, Philippe Pasquier, Judy Radul, Kathleen Ritter, Tiny Josh Schmidt,
Stuart Sproule and more

See www.instantcoffee.org for a growing list of events, and for other
information contact us@instantcoffee.org