jenifer papararo: jenifer(at)interlog.com
Instant Coffee FAQ
What is Instant Coffee anyway?
Instant Coffee is a service oriented artist collective that
initiates and facilitates the
creation and execution of artist's projects.
What does Instant Coffee do?
sometimes we put shows together.
sometimes we promote other peoples shows.
sometimes we make stuff.
we talk about ourselves a lot.
as individuals we pursue different financially rewarding careers...or
we don't dress for the jobs we have, but for the jobs we want.
Do you consider yourself caffeinated or decaffeinated?
We like to think of ourselves as hyper-caffeinated.
I've heard that an IC show is really just a party with
art around - is that true?
Capital 'A' Art is the key, we just like it to culminate in
a party. But sometimes the party
What are these Instant Coffee mailing lists that I keep
There's a lot going on; lots of openings, lots of showings,
lots and lots to do art-wise.
IC simply compiles a list of these and emails them to you, so
you know what's going
on. Also, for those ambitious art stars, we list calls for submissions
How is an Instant Coffee mailing list better than what's
already listed in the paper?
Wouldn't you rather be where Instant Coffee is?
And is it really listed in the paper?
And if it is, so what - the IC list is a compliment,
not a competition. It's just more convenient to check email than
to wait for the paper.
I'm psyched. How do I join a mailing list?
For the local Toronto list email us at events(at)instantcoffee.org.
For the Halifax and
Vancouver lists, email halifax(at)instantcoffee.org or vancouver(at)instantcoffee.org
respectively. We also have an inter/national list for those who
don't give a shit if jack
and jill are having a party this Friday in Toronto, and the email
We generally reserve this list for calls for submissions and
other far-ranging things
we're interested in.
Why do you run a Halifax and Vancouver list if you're a
Toronto based group?
Because Halifax really needs us and because we like Halifax
and because technology
allows us to do these things. As for Vancouver, it's because
Does anyone besides yourselves think instant coffee email
lists are a good thing?
Yes. Here's some examples of feedback we've received, and
in addition there's the
silent praise of new list members signing up daily:
I never thought that I would like instant coffee so much!
Although living in a small town
is beautiful, you just don't get the news that you would like...
Hi coffee folk,
Thanks for mentionning the Inter-Arts office newletter info and
for this valuable service...
Thanks for the prompt reply. Instant Coffee always provides
I enjoy getting your posts - thanks.
I notice the Instant Coffee website isn't updated every
day. What's up?
The website is more of an archive of events, and our online
magazine Instant Coffee
Saturday Edition goes up once a month.
How can I get involved - how do I submit a project?
Email everyone(at)instantcoffee.org, or talk to us at an opening.
Check the profiles page
to see who we are.
If I get involved with Instant Coffee, do I get a cool
and sexy ID card?
You probably already have one in your wallet....
Does Instant Coffee have any ultimate goals?
We're too invested in immediate gratification to think about
Does Instant Coffee have anything written down that makes
it sound like they have
their shit together?
Yes, here and there; here's an bio (not for reprint):
INSTANT COFFEE BIOGRAPHY (May 2003)
Instant Coffee is a service oriented collective of artists, writers,
and code writers. Together they have developed a practice that
culminates in bringing
together large numbers of artists, designers, musicians and other
under loosely themed events. They offer networking services that
national and international activities and publish a monthly on-line
Coffee Saturday Edition. In conjunction with their events, they
also publish bookworks,
posters and other multiples. Instant Coffee's most consistent
members are Cecilia
Berkovic, Timothy Comeau, Jinhan Ko, Kate Monro, Jenifer Papararo,
and Jon Sasaki.
Instant Coffee developed, in part, as a response to the division
difference between studio and exhibition practice. It wanted
to offer its community a
public place of practice, where ideas, materials and actions
could be explored outside
of the isolated studio and away from formal exhibition structures,
but still supported
by a critical discourse or at least offer the potential for one.
From the beginning this
need for a public place of practice was extended to a variety
of disciplines, such as
design, music and writing. In creating a space about work outside
of production, Instant Coffee privileges the relations built
on the stuff of work, while
also moving the notion of work toward a discussion of the social.
seems to be of the right stuff because it is a little tacky,
all consuming and cheap. Yet
it still holds enough allure, as contemporary products go, and
it mimics the real thing."
Instant Coffee is alright; trust Instant Coffee.
www.instantcoffee.org (www.instantcoffee.org was first registered
as a domain name
to the Instant Coffee artist collective in May of 2000).