Life moves pretty fast,” Ferris Bueller once famously said. “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
It’s advice that even applies, in a very meta way, to watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The best part of that movie’s opening sequence? No, it’s not Ferris’ improbable parental-deception tactics; it’s the dude’s super righteous boudoir. Hit the pause button during any of the bedroom sequences and you’ll find a nerd-porn-worthy mise-en-scène. A gloriously ’80s IBM desktop? Check. An audiophile-quality E-mu Emulator II? Yup. A statue of a hula girl missing one hand? Uh…sure, why not?
So cool is Ferris’ slacker haven that a couple Canadian artists have endeavored to bring it back to life. Sarah Keenlyside and Joe Clement have constructed an exact replica of the bedroom, including all its wacky ephemera, in Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel as part of the venue’s Come Up to My Room immersive art exhibit. The project is the result of a relentless online scavenger hunt that saw the duo track down a plethora of ’80s trinkets (via eBay, Kijiji, and their site Save Ferris’ Room) to recreate Bueller’s bedchamber in painstaking detail.
All the rad shit is here: the mannequin under the sheets, the low rumble of constant snoring, the vintage Pepsi can collection, the Simple Minds poster, the CarverM500t power amp, and of course, those too-cool-for-school Wayfarers. You’ve got to admire the artists’ nearly unhealthy obsession with remaking this shrine of laziness and responsibility-shirking. Although they’re still searching for a few more items. Does someone have an inside track on a Carver DTL-100 CD player or a horse chair? Anyone? Bueller?