The Caretaker’s Innovation Award for an outstanding upkeep of social history during the 21st century (Preis für eine innovative Aufzeichnung der Sozialgeschichte im 21. Jahrhundert)
This is to be awarded to a person or group who have made a contribution or dedicated themselves to keeping alive what survives… The records need not be of any standard, so long as they maintain and reflect a socially engaged historical account of the previous century, and that sufficient care is taken to preserve what survives. This award is about the providence and maintenance of information. The 3D printed armature is a reflection of the accompanying piece. The armature takes a ubiquitous form, based on several arbitrary design forms throughout the late 20th century. A computer company in Zella-Mehlis in the 1970s was designing and manufacturing these machines, known as Zellatron. It was a calculator that could solve and print various equations. I chose this subject because the object now has a newly restored significance. Not only are these machines now of immense historical value, but their value re-affirms the importance that digital frameworks now have as historical resources. The inner plate is juxtaposed with concertina style buttons, although they‘re merely empty sockets. The decorative floral insignia printed on its roof is purely for style. This component all in all has no physical function, It was modelled by yours truly, with love, as a hommage to the pioneers who advanced human development. In front of the model lies the slate. Upon which oghamic runes have been inscribed. The ogham alphabet was an old Irish system that dates back in earliest records to the 4th century, but examples of the record likely predate this period. The inscription in European characters would read faisnéis, meaning information. It can also mean to recount or to relate. Overall, the project – »100 Pokale für Zella-Mehlis« – revives the maintenance art movement after the manifesto for maintenance art (1969) put forward by Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Each of the works will emphasize the importance of preservation and carry the intention of creating rituals for the future.