Peradam Projects is a collaborative platform conceived by artists Heather Hesterman and Sarah Tomasetti, designed to bring divergent visual languages and practices together. Exploring a shared interest in landscape, ephemerality and interactive events, this platform is the basis to generate new artworks. Their first project was Deep Time, a series of art projects based around the Merri Creek and local environs, evolved together with artists, staff and students of Spensley St Primary School, Clifton Hill.
Peradam is a fictional object/substance that is only revealed to those who seek it.
"One finds here, very rarely in the low lying areas, more frequently as one goes farther up, a clear and extremely hard stone that is spherical and varies in size—a kind of crystal, but a curved crystal, something extraordinary and unknown on the rest of the planet. Among the French of Port-des-Singes, it is called peradam.........The clarity of this stone is so great and its index of refraction so close to that of air that, despite the crystal’s great density, the unaccustomed eye hardly perceives it. But to anyone who seeks it with sincere desire and true need, it reveals itself by its sudden sparkle, like that of dewdrops. The peradam is the only substance, the only material object whose value is recognized by the guides of Mount Analogue."
Rene Daumal, Mount Analogue, published posthumously in 1952