by Bronia Iwanczak:
Weather conditions were a beautiful sunny 18 degrees Celsius.
installation of the various departmental tables looked like a Green
Left convention. All tables were well represented by a bevy of pamphlet
propaganda. (All except the Department of Future projections- maybe
we need to recruit members born in the 1980's) Those departments better
represented were Revolutionary Nostalgia and Dislocated Memory.
stalls of note included ongoing demonstrations of various conceptual
products. Melinda Rackham (Mistress of Virtual Relations) invited the
public to construct their own scientific models of virtual relations
using red, white and green pickled onions connected with toothpicks.
John Tonkin displayed his Nanotechnology Store using hundreds and thousands,
with accompanying hundreds and thousands sandwich triangles available
for consumption. On sale at various tables were 7" singles (by Ihor
Holubizky, Librettist/Composer in the Department of Revolutionary Nostalgia),'Chekeanu'
T shirts by Director, Bronia Iwanczak and advance copies of the ICOLS
audio cd compilation.
The Introductory Speech/performance
was given by Richard Grayson (Night Manager in the International Department
of Local Aesthetics). He relayed the history of the ICOLS experiment
of psychic amplification along the pathway of the 666 highway, running
from New Mexico up through various sites significant to the development
of Worldcom, Enron etc. Conference facilities and the SPAI (Satanic
Packaging and Advertising Initiative) were illustrated, and outcomes
discussed, as well as an outline of the new Australian project focussing
on ABC 666 Canberra and its possible impact on immigration policies.
Cultural investors were satisfied with their share profit quota of moral
A walk through the ICOLS website by the Directors revealed the extent
of original research being generated by the various departments, but
the issue of many questions being asked and many being left unanswered
has lead to the commissioning of another report from Simon Poulter,
Systems Analyst in the department of Global Disenchantment.
An example of the vast ranging interests and authentic research being
generated within ICOLS was demonstrated by the performance of Norie
Neumark and Maria Miranda (Rumourologists and Chief Investigators in
the Local Unit of Missing Links) who demonstrated the correct technique
for usage of the Budinsky and Budoutsky pipettes, one of the most important
instruments in rumourology today. An audience member was used to reveal
various inaudible rumours circulating in the room at the time. To conclude
the demonstration a one litre bottle of 'Spiritual Air of Budapest'
was ceremoniously released into the crowd, inducing feelings of peace
among the audience.
Director Suzanne Treister's slide show of individual ICOLS offices revealed
the variety of conceptual design strategies of ICOLS members.
A poetry reading
by Pam Brown (Job Share Archivist in the Department of Dislocated
Memory) demonstrated her collaborative writing for ICOLS with co archivist
ICOLS was officially launched with a knife wielding ceremony by the
Directors lunging into a 13" diameter cake emulating the shape and colour
of the ICOLS logo. Other foods included logo coloured (vermillion and
grey) ice cream, revealing the correlative flavours of Black Sambuca
and watermelon. Jacky Redgate (Culinary photographer in the Department
of Missing Links) provided the transcontinental version of Chocolate
crackles accompanied by instructions for full preparation.
but not least our audience left with the opportunity to win two bottles
of red wine bottled personally by the Directors at the ICOLS Vineyard.
The ICOLS raffle winners were Rachel Moss and Jasmine Stephens.
It's like 21st century Dada"
so am I"
feels just like the 70s, I'm having such a great time"
don't normally expect to enjoy these kind of events"
This is sci-fi, wit and Bolshevik reverie of the type I have not experienced
since the release of Tarkovsky's Solaris in 1972"
is brilliant, the best thing to come out of Sydney for a decade"
ICOLS compilation cd was playing in the after performance, and induced
pleasurable sensations in everyone.
would like to thank the MCA, Sydney for sponsoring this event, in particular
the support of Elizabeth Macgregor and Jasmine Stephens.