Instant Coffee's Disco Fallout Shelter at Toronto Sculpture Garden
Summer would't be summer without a trippy installation at the Toronto Sculpture Garden (neither would fall, winter, or spring, but you know what I mean.) The garden is on a good streak right now, following up Katie Bethune-Leamen's Mushroom Studio with Instant Coffee's Disco Fallout Shelter, which opened a month ago, above.
The ever-playful collective, now sharing members in Toronto and Vancouver (it was once a Toronto-only phenomenon), offers their take on the notion of exclusivity, then and now; where fallout shelters were built for heads-of-state and other Very Important People in the depths of Cold War paranoia -- because who cared about we legions of plebes being vaporized by nuclear armageddon? -- Instant Coffee suggests an inner circle of a different kind, in this hipster-ridden era of gross superficiality; you can look inside the shelter via a video camera, which shows members of the collective chilling, fully tricked out and too cool for school (the video is taped, in studio; there's no actual 'there' there, don't worry).
At least, that's my reading -- of a perpetual adolescence where the cool kids can lock the door on their groovy happenings, leaving we squares to be annihilated by the horrors of the mainstream.
I say this knowing (or at least, always assuming) that IC's M.O. has always been engagement and accessibility; and that just such a scenario would be good for a laugh, hyperbolized to the Nth degree to reveal its massive self-regard. Or maybe I'm just revealing a little too much about myself. So I'll stop.
Disco Fallout Shelter runs until Sept. 15.