Mingei is a Horizon 2020 project exploring the possibilities of representing and making accessible both tangible and intangible aspects of crafts as cultural heritage. In a Futuris episode, Euronews finds out more about Mingei project and how technology is helping to preserve Europe’s heritage crafts.
Euronews visits a 19th-century dry-stone shepherd shelter in Crete, Greece, where one man, Alekos Ntgiadas, makes cheese – the way it has been done for generations. Computer scientists from the Mingei project also visit Alekos Ntgiadas to monitor how he makes the cheese and to create a database of information that can be used to teach others.
“We are firstly using scanners to study the tangible objects of the cultural heritage. Secondly, we record the movements so we can mimic and recreate the gestures they do while exercising their crafts. And thirdly, and very importantly, is that we semantically recreate the cultural contexts and historical processes, the values and the collective community memories in which the crafts were born,” Xenophon Zabulis, a computer scientist from the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas, explained to Euronews.