A powerful New Yorker article has been published (here). Daniel Zalewski spent some days at the workshops and gives an insight into the world of Factum, meeting Adam Lowe and many of the team. He discovers the processes developed to help contemporary artists realise their ideas and discusses the Foundation's approach to the preservation of cultural heritage. To support the Foundation click here.
Eight fragments from the tomb of Seti I have been recorded at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for their re-materialisation and re-integration into the future facsimile of the tomb. So far, the gathered data is being processed and 3D models are being generated and materialised. This phase is part of the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative.
On January 12 2017, Adam Lowe will be joined by historian Jerry Brotton, and leading artist Grayson Perry, for a conference on maps, art and technology at the British Library in London. Click here for more news.
Image: Map of Truths and Beliefs, Grayson Perry
A new tapestry has been conceived at the Factum Arte studios for artist & caricaturist Roger Law. The Fogg Dam Tapestry was produced by Factum´s Blanca Nieto & Isabel Fernández López from the artist´s original watercolour painting Early Morning - Fogg Dam. It is on show at the Transported exhibition at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh till December 23rd. Click here for more news.
A new tapestry by Paula Rego has been produced by Factum Arte and is currently on show at the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery in London. Eagle´s Daughter is a 2,4 x 1.19 m. tapestry produced and finished by Factum's Blanca Nieto and Isabel Fernández and woven by Flanders Tapestries. It will be exhibited until the 30th of December. Click here for more news.
The team at Factum Arte have been working on a series of cyanotype prints and CNC carved salt panels for Mat Chivers. The works are a response to Metrological data that demonstrates global changes in the environment over the last twenty years. These works currently feature in Mat Chivers solo exhibition 'Harmonic Distortion' at PM/AM Gallery in London until the 28th February 2017. Click here for more news.
In early 2016, Factum Arte was commissioned to create a series of vast prints inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights for renowned photographer Tim Walker. The series, currently on show at the Nicola Erni Collection in Zug (Switzerland), has been discussed by AD Spain. Read the full article here.
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El Anatsui returned to the Factum Arte studios in early November to create some large-scale collages with Factum´s print-makers Michael Ward and Constanza Dessain. The session with El Anatsui was a very successful culmination of a year's work in the intaglio studio.
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The miniature version of the 900 year old Windsor Great Park oak tree, made by Factum Arte, was presented to Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in October to mark Her Majesty´s 90th birthday - and to launch a campaign to plant inner city woods in urban areas around the UK. Read more here.
On Tuesday 20th September, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem honored British architect Norman Foster with the Scopus award at the Campus Biotech in Geneva. The award ceremony was conceived by Marina Abramovic and the trophy was made by Factum Arte in collaboration with the milliner Stephen Jones. Read more here.
Factum Arte produced an extraordinary film with Luke Tchalenko of all the stages of the reproduction of an illuminated manuscript, as well as a 1:1 facsimile of a 5x3 cm book, a larger replica and a large-scale reproduction of pages from a book of hours. Read more news.
In the coming weeks, Factum Arte will begin routing the facsimile of the doors of the mosque at Kala-Koreysh (Daghestan), recorded with photogrammetry earlier this year in collaboration with the Ziyavudin Magomedov Charitable Peri Foundation. A working object will be created with the the idea of re-installation at Kala-Koreysh. For more information click here.
The Barberini Harp, a harp from the C.17 & one of the great baroque musical instruments was recorded using high-res photogrammetry in July by a team from Factum Arte. The project is being commissioned by acclaimed harpist Margaret Köll, and the functional instrument will be made by Eric Kleinmann, a harp-making specialist. Read 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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