Inflatable Deities is the collaborative duo, Jessica Mensch and Emily Pelstring. The two began working together on live performance, installation and video projects in 2009, and took on their collaborative moniker during their Artist Residency at Studio XX, a feminist media art centre in Montreal. Together they create nightmarish worlds populated by a motley cast of recurring archetypal characters born out of improvisation and an ever-expanding costume collection. Their oeuvre of experimental, surrealist fiction is interspersed with forays into formalist abstraction. Whether a sculptural installation or a live multimedia dance spectacle, their work relies on humourously dysfunctional diegetic systems in which shapes, sounds, objects, characters and situations overlap in paradoxical ways, exposing illusions and undermining the coherence of narrative and formal structures.