MANKIND : The Péron Programme

The Péron programme, named after the physician, naturalist and anthropologist of the Baudin expedition, aims to create a digital conservatoire of intangible heritage of humanity, with free and open access to researchers and the general public, thanks to connected technologies: connected clothing and motion capture.

16% of the world’s population lives by the sea, or about 1.2 billion people. It is estimated that 500 million of these will be affected by rising water levels. Climate change, droughts and wars will in the near future cause displacement and changes in lifestyles in the same proportions. Within two to three generations, their cultural heritage  (known as intangible heritage) will have disappeared or have evolved considerably. It is important to list and index the endemic gestures of weaving, making objects, dances (the naturalists of the Baudin expedition, the first expedition in which anthropology was addressed as a science and no longer as a curiosity, already used dance as a form of contact and communication with the « natives »), etc.

The DCIH can also capture disappearing craft skills in order to preserve them and restore them as part of the apprenticeships of new craftsmen. In general, any learning of gestures can benefit from these technologies.