Jinan Ko, Instand Coffee Wave,2000

Instant Coffee Wave, 2000. Photo: Jinhan Ko

Present Tense 17: Instant Coffee

December 6, 2000 - March 18, 2001


Instant Coffee is the partnership of Toronto artists Jinhan Ko and Jenifer Papararo. As their cheeky name suggests, these artists engage in impromptu projects that take a variety of forms - poetry, projections, design - and that invite the participation of many different artists in the community. For the AGO’s Present Tense series, Instant Coffee will present the site for their curatorial projects, The Urban Disco Trailer.


Instant Coffee 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.

Ultimately, instantcoffee.org has a utopian vision. They have faith in people's ideas and their earnest desire to communicate them. In coming together, they want to facilitate artist production as well as participate in it. They place all of their energies into the proliferation and dissemination of the visual artist. In keeping with contemporary culture, instantcoffee.org sees the need to consistently reinvent themselves. This venture aims to grow into other areas of interest, such as new media and time-based work, while also continuing to host events at a variety of locations in order to exhibit new work and champion the artist as producer. Currently Instant Coffee is made up of whoever wants to play, but their most consistent members are Jinhan Ko, Jenifer Papararo, Kate Monroe and Stephan Crowhurst.

Present Tense is an ongoing series of exhibitions of current work by Canadian and International artists.

Present Tense is generously supported by

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