All of the paperwork has been concluded and we now have the signed permissions to begin work in the Tomb of Seti I! On Wednesday 27th April we entered the tomb for the first time in many years, and the day after we put two Lucida scanners into the tomb to begin the recording of one of the most important tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Scanning will begin in earnest on Tuesday 3rd of May in the “Hall of Beauties.” More to follow! Click here for more news
Factum is undertaking the restoration of Stoppelaere House. It will become the scanning and training centre during the documentation of the Tomb of Seti I. Photo: 1. Carter´s Museum; 2. Facsimilie of the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62); 3. Proposed location for the Facsimile of the Tomb of Seti I (KV17); 4. Stoppelaere house: Future 3D Scanning Training centre; 5. Japanese Mission. Click here for more news
Factum Foundation will be working with Autodesk, using Memento software (soon released as ‘Autodesk® ReMake) to implement the application of high-resolution photogrammetry. More here.
Image: render of work done in Sir John Soane 's Museum recording the sarcophagus of Seti I; the images are being processed using Memento.
After almost one year of work the facsimile of the Table of Teschen is completed. The top was assembled in a temporary way and taken to Paris where it was compared against the original. The table has now been assembled and finished. Read a full report on the history and making of the facsimile here. Click here for more news.
The winner of the first Bando Lucida competition is the “Angelo Annunciante" panel attributed to Gaudenzio Ferrari. The competition is promoted by Open Care and Factum Foundation. The Scientific Committee selected the panel and its presenter “Società di Incoraggiamento allo studio del disegno e di conservazione delle opere d’arte in Valsesia (Varallo)” as winner of the competition. Click here for more news
Factum Arte has realized with Quayola a digital re-interpretation of a Laocoon. Through computational methods, the geometry of the original sculpture is transformed into an abstract composition and the resulting sculpture loses its historical iconographic connotations while retaining the same proportions, tensions and equilibrium of the original subject. The sculpture is exhibited at Canary Wharf from the 25th April till the 24th June. Click here for more news.
The Photogrammetric recording of the sarcophagus of Seti I in Sir John Soane’s Museum was carried out between the 14th and the 19th March. This recording, supported by a donation to Factum’s Foundation and in collaboration with Autodesk, will result in a high-resolution photogrammetric recording of the entire sarcophagus. Click here for more news
The article "Factoria de Ideas "appeares on the Abril-June issue of Ars Magazine signed by Peter Glidewell. Adam Lowe, director of Factum Arte, met Ars Magazine at Factum Arte's headquarters in Madrid to talk about new projects and goals. Full article here.
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The Ziyavudin Magomedov PERI Foundation held the competition “Cultural Heritage 2.0” with the aim of finding Daghestani photographers to participate in the project that Factum will run at the fortress-mosque of Kala-Koreysh. Shamil and Gennady, the winners, are now in Madrid to take part in a series of workshops designed to give them an introduction to 3D scanning and photography. Click here for more news.
Last autumn, a team from Factum Arte visited the Cluny Museum in Paris, to digitise a painted, wooden Romanesque crucifix as part of a collaboration between the Museum and artist Rachid Koraichi. Factum Arte is now producing a 1:1 facsimile in wood for Koraichi's new installation. More soon! Click here for more news
A team from Factum Arte is now in Lisbon working on a new project for the restoration of the ceiling of Santa Isabel’s Church. The artist Michael Biberstein actively worked on this project until he passed away. After the artist's sudden death, all the persons involved in the project agreed that the ceiling was to be completed following the original painting of the church's architectural model. More soon! Click here for more news.
Factum Arte and the Factum Foundation have been studying and developing technologies for many years and applying their innovations to the preservation of the past. In the image a Multi Rotor DJI Inspire 1Pro X5 flying in Factum Arte’s studio while trying to record the Lamassu from the British Museum. More to follow! Click here for more news.
Over recent years 3D scanning has become part of a coherent and non-contact approach to the documentation of cultural heritage and its long term preservation. Read here a guide on the main techniques and scanners used at Factum Arte and the reasons they are used in the way they are. Click here for more news
FACTUM ARTE PROJECTS
Increasingly, artists and institutions require a new type of mediator to turn their ideas into physical realities. Based in Madrid and Milano, Factum Arte is dedicated to digital mediation, transformation and the production of works that redefine the relationship between two and three dimensions.
Factum Arte consists of a team of artists, conservators and technicians devoted to masterminding projects and solving problems, activities which have resulted in original solutions to highly specific challenges. The development and application of new technologies are accompanied by the highest levels of craftsmanship at every stage of the process. Factum Arte always works to the standards required by both the commercial and museum communities in which issues of conservation and archival permanence are of paramount importance.
The work carried out by Factum Arte is inherently original and diverse. It ranges from major conservation facsimiles to archival print editions, from the very big to the very small; in fact we will get involved with anything involving a sensitivity to (and practical understanding of) the transformation, mediation and manipulation of information.
One of the key elements of the exhibition Le Arti di Piranesi: architetto, incisore, antiquario, vedutista, designer (The Art of Piranesi: architect, engraver, antiquarian, vedutista, designer) is a 12 minute animation of Piranesi's Carceri series made by Gregoire Dupond at Factum Arte specifically for the exhibition. This series of 16 visionary images, originally etched by Piranesi when in his late 20's, shows the workings of his imagination, merging his architectural ambitions with his obsessive interest in antiquity. Watching Gregoire Dupond's animation is literally like entering Piranesi's mind. A CD containing both high resolution reproductions of the prints and the complete video is available in our Shop.
A selection of high resolution browsers allows viewing important historical works in amazing detail through an easy to use interface.
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