The highlight of this week is the departure of the team for Luxor where the facsimile will be installed into a new building by Carters House at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings. An article in El País last weekend discusses the importance of this work.
Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, fantasy and excess opened at the Sir John Soane Museum in London last week. The exhibition, based on eight objects made by Factum Arte from unrealized designs by Piranesi, shows the importance of physical evidence in conditioning our understanding of the past. It received a four star review in the Guardian.
Factum Arte have been developing tests in aluminum, steel and gold for the french artist Cyril de Commarque. The result is a polished brass sculpture of Israel's map borders, part of his work "Frontiers".
Hereford Cathedral is home to the Hereford Mappa Mundi, one of the world’s unique medieval treasures. A new website that features an interactive exploration area of the Mappa Mundi has just been launched. Check Factum Arte 3D scan of the surface of the map! More information
A team from the Factum Foundation started the new year in the seasonally chilly mountains of the Vayots Dzor province in southern Armenia. Alex Peck and Arthur Prior have been developing a new project on a Medieval monastery site in this ancient, compelling and culturally rich area.
Eva Scanner tests are being finalised to complete a facial scanner that can accurately record a human face in approximately a second - the goal is to record every detail of the surface of the skin down to the pores.
Increasingly, artists and institutions require a new type of mediator to turn their ideas into physical realities. Based in Madrid and Bologna, 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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