The ReACH (Reproduction of Art and Cultural Heritage) project is a global initiative of the Peri Charitable Foundation and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to establish a new international Convention on replication, storage and distribution of pieces of art and cultural heritage by means of digital technologies which was launched in May 2017 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The project coincides with the 150th Anniversary of Henry Cole’s Convention signed in 1876 by the majority of royal houses in Europe, including the Russian Emperor’s House.
The exhibition “The words of stones. Experience of reading and translation of the heritage of Kala-Koreysh” is devoted to one of the first Muslim settlements on the territory of Russia and all south-eastern Europe. It was the result of an international project of the Peri Foundation to create 3D models of this ancient settlement located high in the mountains of Dagestan with its history starting back in the pre-Islamic times. This exhibition is aimed at showing the opportunities of new technologies to demonstrate remote cultural and historical sites, to create an interactive environment allowing not only to see the exhibits but also to get extra information as you interact with them.
The project of digitization of the Ginsburg barons’ unique collection of Jewish hand-written manuscripts and printed editions was launched in December 2017 in the Russian State Library (RSL) with the support of the Peri Foundation. Thanks to the support of the Peri Foundation more than 1000 manuscripts and thousands of books from this collection will be digitalized to make these outstanding pieces of literature accessible online both for the two libraries and for the wide audience.
In 2017 the P. S. Gamzatova Dagestan Museum of Fine Art won a competition for a grant from the Head of the Republic of Dagestan. As part of that grant, high-resolution digital copies of some 400 pieces in the museum’s collection were made. The PERI Foundation supported the museum’s digital copying project and, as a partner in it, offered the cultural institution its high-resolution equipment.
Digital copying of the unique 16th century frescoes by Dionysius that are in the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin—the main church of the former Ferapontov monastery in Vologda oblast—commenced in the summer of 2016. Three hundred ancient frescoes, more than six hundred square metres of paintings created by the renowned artist Dionysius and his sons and preserved to this day, will be copied digitally with the latest technology and equipment.
On May 30th in the Naryn-Kala fortress of Derbent, the PERI Innovation Challenge competition for promising projects was held. Resident interns at the PERI Innovation business incubator submitted their innovative designs. Choosing among the projects was left to some of the founders of the world’s most successful startups from Silicon Valley. The expert jury from the USA named Cero the best startup project.
On May 13th and 14th the PERI Innovation business incubator held the 4Kids Hackathon Spring 2017 for children. Over 150 schoolchildren came to attend this IT marathon from all across Dagestan, from Charodinsk to Khasavyurt. A total of 35 projects were presented and evaluated according to four criteria: creativity, usefulness, sophistication, and degree of completion.
In May 2017 in Makhachkala on the basis of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Dagestan Scientific Center of RAS supported by the Peri Foundation a unique laboratory was established to conserve and recover the ancient monuments of the written culture. It is the first laboratory to restore books in the North Caucasus equipped with the up-to-date devices that allow restoring the monuments of the Arabic-script written heritage of the peoples of Russia according to the best global practices.
In March 2017, as part of the “Cultural Heritage 2.0” international program, the Peri Foundation launched a project to make a digital archive of the eastern manuscripts of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Dagestan Scientific Center of RAS. The plans are to digitalize thousands of eastern manuscripts and books kept both in the Institute’s archive and in private collections on the territory of the Republic of Dagestan.
The first project in the Cultural Heritage 2.0 programme was set in motion in October of 2015. This was to preserve the cultural heritage in the Kara-Koreysh settlement located in the Republic of Dagestan. It is regarded as one of the first Islamic settlements in our country.
In recognition of the Year of Cinema, the Peter the Great Museum in Derbent opened its Cinema and the People film club. Every Wednesday beginning July 13th, the club’s guests will show their favourite films and lead a discussion of them with visitors to the Museum. Among the experts invited will be directors, architects, scholars, poets and others active in cultural affairs in Dagestan, Moscow, and perhaps experts from other regions as well.
On July 9th PERI Innovation held an open conference for Dagestani web designers—WebConf 2016. Programmers, designers, managers and leaders of companies were able to share their knowledge with each other, get to know each other in person, and talk about web design.
his exhibition prompted by the anniversary of victory in World War II offers a perspective on war through the eyes of two creative personalities in Dagestan who were friends with each other—the artist Niolai Lakov and the poet Effendi Kapiev.
The Day of Remembrance and Mourning at the Peter the Great Museum was observed with readings of the recollections of Dagestanis about World War II. These readings were delivered in the popular modern format of living theatre in which everyone takes part without any clear distinction between the actors and the audience.
The night at the museum was devoted to cinema. With the help of the interactive video installation from the OP Association , those attending could feel as if they were performing ‘inside’ the screen in films such as Kidnapping Caucasian Style, The Diamond Arm, Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future, and Pulp Fiction.
On March 26th at Lokomotiv Stadium, the Kick Off for Good Moscow 2016 benefit match Football Stars and Russian Children was held with master classes for children in orphanages from various regions of the country.
Education today is undergoing rapid change and evolving in response to the demands placed on it by society and technological development. The stereotypical picture of a teacher at a lectern and students in the audience is no longer applicable. New educational technology requires fresh approaches to arranging space, and modern architecture must take this requirement into account.
From January 29th to 31st the PERI Innovation business incubator was host to a hackathon—a marathon for creating internet services and apps. This event was the final stage of the course offered in the Programming the City series conducted by the business incubator in 2015.
Project implementation period: May 2014 - September 2015 PERI charity foundation and Summa Group have started works on the museum of Peter the Great in preparation for the 2,000 year anniversary of the city of Derbent. The restored pavilion colonnade, erected in the beginning of the 19th century over a dugout in which Peter I stopped during his Persian campaign, will be the center of the museum.
Dates of exhibition: October - November 2013 PERI Foundation presents: “Story Demands To Be Continued” – solo exhibition of the Dagestan artist Taus Makhacheva curated by Alexey Maslyaev (Moscow Museum of Modern Art). The show addresses the issues of cultural succession and the search for cultural, social and everyday norms of life on the borderlines between the world of tradition and the modern globalized world.
On August 14, 2012, the four-storey, 300 sq meters building that housed the Biology Faculty of the Dagestan State Medical Academy was destroyed by fire. It was a regrettable turn of events as the Academy celebrated its 80th anniversary last year.
Release date: September 2013
"Be an Eternity" - the album commemorating the 90th anniversary of Rasul Gamzatov, whose creative work is an expression of spiritual and cultural heritage of the people of Dagestan.
The Exhibition "Dagestan Through the Eyes of Russian Artists" opened on May 18, 2013 to celebrate the completion of the renovation and restoration works at the Museum of Fine Arts named after P.S. Gamzatova.
With the support of Summa Group and PERI Foundation, the exhibition dedicated to the development of diplomatic, cultural and trade relations between Great Britain and Russia took place in the famous V&A museum in London.
The first stage of the reconstruction works of the Fine Arts Museum named after P.S. Gamzatova was successfully completed with the support of PERI Foundation.
Summa Group and PERI Foundation supported a unique project of preservation of cultural and historical heritage - the restoration of The Tsar Peter House in Zaandam, which was accomplished during the Netherlands-Russia bilateral year.