The undertaking “Realm of Historia” not too long ago announced its intentions to make strides in preserving Armenian cultural heritage by way of leveraging the usage of blockchain expertise and nonfungible tokens (NFTs).
In a departure from standard strategies, this initiative seeks to digitize historic artifacts and bodily historic websites, beginning with the “Realm of Historia: Carahunge X” digital asset assortment.
Cointelegraph spoke with the 2 creators of Realm of Historia, Ivan Grantovsky and Ivan Krylov, about how rising applied sciences can protect tradition and join new generations with historical past.
On the core of Realm of Historia’s effort is the appliance of Solana blockchain, which the 2 builders mentioned was chosen for effectivity and transparency functions.
Krylov mentioned a part of the inspiration for making a platform is the dearth of participating platforms that digitally current cultural heritage and are clear with learn how to take part philanthropically.
“That is the half for expertise to resolve this downside. The expertise we’re speaking about is the blockchain as a result of it gives an answer for the dearth of transparency.”
The gathering “Realm of Historia: Carahunge X” goals to digitize the tangible essence of the Carahunge website, generally known as the Stonehenge of Armenia, which dates again to 5487 BC. All of the NFTs within the assortment mix artwork and digital variations of the stones from the bodily website.
Along with digitizing items of cultural heritage, the undertaking additionally goals to assist native artists in Armenia and has collaborations with entities just like the Yerevan Biennial Artwork Basis (YBAF), A1 Artwork House, and Latitude Artwork House.
1 | Born in Yerevan, Armenia, amidst a household of artists, Lilit Eghiazaryan’s journey within the realm of artwork was predestined pic.twitter.com/LEwznJfVB5
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The founders of Realm of Historia mentioned they see this undertaking enjoying a pivotal position in bridging cultural divides, empowering native artists, and showcasing Armenia’s cultural richness by way of rising tech.
“A very powerful factor is that our tasks are about the true life influence, that you simply do one thing digitally and it impacts the true world.”
The undertaking has a physical-digital side within the type of a QR code accompanying every NFT that may be scanned and redeemed in native cafes, museums and different websites in Armenia which have partnered with the undertaking, they mentioned.
“You are not solely serving to the world and cultural preservation, however you are part of a neighborhood.”
This initiative aligns with a broader world development recognizing blockchain’s potential in cultural heritage preservation. The decentralized and clear nature of blockchain ensures a dependable report of historic belongings, guaranteeing their unaltered accessibility for future generations.
In an analogous undertaking in Ukraine, a neighborhood art museum used blockchain digitization and NFTs to doc and protect artwork and cultural heritage throughout wartime.
Extra not too long ago, The Sandbox Web3 metaverse platform collaborated with the British Museum to convey artwork and historical past to the metaverse in physical-digital experiences.
The crew behind Realm of Historia additionally plans to construct “The Atrium” or a “digital museum corridor” the place customers can enter a 3D foyer devoted to cultural heritage and the websites represented by the undertaking.
“You’ll be able to say, the digital ark for cultural heritage. The Atrium is aimed to attract the eye of the youthful era.”
Final 12 months, the island of Tuvalu, which is quickly sinking into the ocean, introduced comparable plans to construct a digital version of itself to protect its historical past because it faces erasure because of local weather change.
The Realm of Historia founders mentioned their aim is to finally transcend Armenia and construct collections “all over the place we are able to all around the world.” They mentioned they’re in talks about potential preservation tasks in Malta, Italy, Cambodia and Georgia.