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PERA
2020
Online Audiovisual Installation

According to Greek historians, around 3,000 years ago on the Iranian plateau, most houses were surrounded by gardens which were called /pe areh deaseh/ meaning around the building. Today, the word is used as Paradeisos in Greek, Paradis in French, and Paradise in English. Based on the idea of spreading earthy heaven, the Persian garden is a garden that is based on architecture and its constituent elements, includes geometric structure, water, and trees on the surrounding areas. They have embodied their mental image of paradise, which they have been rewarded with good deeds, in lush gardens. There is running water, flowers, and trees in the garden and this is enclosed in a wall that prevents the entry of the people of Hell. As a complete structure, these gardens represent a close relationship between the cultural and natural contexts and are a sign of adaptation to the needs of man and nature. In the past, the garden was an expression of the hidden power of the environment and the perception of its complexities.

PERA, inspired by the etymology of the word paradise referencing to Persian garden architecture, is an ongoing web-based art installation on the internet accessible to all audiences. The project would be updated by adding objects, codes, and scenes upgrading with the web technology developments.

Experience the installation at pera.aliphi.com