San Diego, California
The late Petar Perisic, community activist, architect, art critic, professor, and kind mentor initiated the PERI_scope project for art + architecture in 2004 as a public offering. The project was founded as “a means of reconciliation between global humanitarian concerns and fractured interests through transnational dialogues and cross-cultural exchanges.
Today the PERI_scope project exists as a 501(c)(3) cooperative activating a nexus of art, architecture and urbanism toward pedagogy, advocacy, cultural amenities and interventionist projects. It is a collaborative between many colleagues, most importantly, James Enos and Molly Enos but also Chuck Miller, Keith Muller, Andera Ngan, and Nate Hudson of FormGrey Studio. It is intended for art, architecture, fellowship, and community exchange in the form of work, project, and common space.
Additionally, it is a representational project working to visualize alternative land-use and development models within the city. Located on an undeveloped parcel adjacent to examples of the aforementioned, the project is comprised of five oceanic shipping containers, arranged to set up a multilevel complex of live/work, storefront, exhibition and courtyard common/performance space. The Periscope Project becomes a rallying point and platform for the pooling of individual agencies and skill sets, working toward their sustainability despite the absence of market-based demand.