Monday, July 11, 2016

New technology gets old culture – Euro news

Traditional dances, music and customs of the peoples – how can this heritage of humanity can be obtained while the time progresses? To preserve these treasures for future generations, a European research project created a digital database. We visit the project for the preservation of intangible cultural heritage in Thessaloniki, Greece.

monuments, buildings, statues – these are not the only cultural assets that must be preserved. Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is knowledge and customs, which is often passed on orally from generation to generation. It documented so that it can later be deciphered and understood is difficult.

Cosmas Dimitropoulos, the Centre for Research and Technology in Hellas, explains the technique that is used in Thessaloniki: “We use new technologies to the dancer’s movements to understand and accommodate the frame data. We can then model the movements. So we understand the different positions of the dance. “

The researchers believe that they have found a way to measure physiological aspects artistic movement by means of sensors and analyze. So together ancient intangible cultural heritage can be rescued from oblivion.

The researchers can create data of different quality and of different origins. So many different art areas can be analyzed and studied.

Paul Vignes, a musician from the Human Beat Box, demonstrates the approach: “Here are two pickups on my nose. They measure vibration and nasalization. There is the camera, so that the lip movements are included. A microphone records the sound and with an ultrasonic sensor, the movements of the tongue can be seen. “

UNESCO , the United Nations Educational, Scientific and culture, warns that with increasing globalization, more and more intangible cultural heritage will disappear. The new technologies could, it is hoped, prevent explains Nikolaos Grammalidis, from the Centre for Research and Technology in Hellas: “We’re trying with this project contribute to these intangible cultural property can be obtained. We record, analyze and visualize information, and sharing our knowledge about this heritage and get it that way. “

A digital archive of the arts has not only academic, but also economic benefits, says Marinos Ioannidis, of the Technical University of Cyprus. The generation of transaction data could also be interesting for tourism and the school system,

The digital archive of the intangible cultural heritage is coming generations provide knowledge about their traditions customs and traditions, and thus preserve the identity of the peoples. ‘ / p>


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