Preservation of Georgian Lari, 2006 (Photo print)
Preservation of the Future
Preserving information and ensuring the transmission of knowledge from one generation to another is an ancient cultural activity. As a field within library and archival science, preservation is only a few decades old. It began primarily as item-level repair and conservation, deriving its original professional traditions and physical techniques in large part from the museum world. To the importance in that world of the repair and conservation of individual pieces deemed to be of special value as artifacts, preservation in libraries has added the significance of the archival value of the object as bearer of historical evidence. In a very short time, preservation has developed into a critically important part of managing library's and museums most precious assets, its collection. Paradoxically, dedicated as it is to mitigating the deleterious effects of aging, preservation has rapidly become, along with computer applications, one of the most forward-looking fields in the library and archival profession. One step further is the predetermined preservation of all possible things representing the present. What do we preserve for the future?
After the Independence of Georgia in 1991, many things have changed. The Lari, for instance, became the new currency in 1993. The western economy was introduced and brought many new products, which made others disappear. To ensure the remembrance of this period in Georgian history, I want to collected artifacts representing Georgia at the present moment and put them in the ground, for future archaeologists to discover.
I propose to collect more artifacts and present them first in the National Museum in between the existing archaeological collection. The whole series of lari-coins (50, 20, 10 and 5 cents) together with the old coins of Georgia. A restored bottle of Borjomi together with ceramics and glass objects,... Archeology becomes something new; a vision towards the future in stead of the past.
presentation box from the Georgian National Museum including sand, coins, glas bottle and metal pin
‘Oil Well’, 2006(with Giorgi Tabatadze and Lado Darakhvelidze)
10 oil-eruptions placed throughout the city of Tbilisi (metal bar, cloth and tar)
(left and right: Roustaveli Parliament)
(left: Mtatsminda Mountain - right: Roustaveli Opera)
(left: Baratashvili Bridge - right: President George W. Bush Street)