International Corporation of Lost Structures (ICOLS)
was founded in November 2000 by Suzanne Treister, joined shortly
afterwards by Bronia Iwanczak as co-director.
ICOLS is an artist driven, international cross cultural collaborative
organisation whose growing number of members/contributors include
artists, writers, film makers, scientists, poets, anthropologists,
theorists, activists, art historians and practitioners from various
ICOLS has a central website www.icols.org where projects
and activities are archived.
occupies an imaginary 9th dimensional architectural space throughout
which individual membersą offices are located.
physical manifestations and live events include launches, publications,
installations, site specific projects and interventions, workshops
and other activities.
is intended to be a creative international space which utilises
as a structural device the dominant contemporary model of the corporate
structure. Within this structure the departments' titles; Department
of Global Disenchantment, Department of Revolutionary Nostalgia,
Department of Future Projections, Local Unit of Missing Links, Department
of Global Nostalgia, International Department of Local Aesthetics,
Department of Dislocated Memory, create contextsfor analyses of
history, the present day and projections for the future.
objectives are that through collaboration and members' involvement
in their own explorative developing projects, the ICOLS model will
become a fascinating conceptual and sometimes also humourous and
beautiful investigation into, and commentary upon, our current position/s
in relation to history, culture, nostalgia, communications and bio-technologies,
global capitalism, aesthetics, ethics, belief systems and revolution.