On Tuesday 20th September, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem honored Norman Foster with a golden replica of a brain - designed by Marina Abramovic and made by Factum Arte for the Scopus Award Gala at the Campus Biotech in Geneva. Read more here.
Collaboration between The Cini, Michele de Lucchi and Factum Arte. Factum Arte has made a film with Luke Tchalenko of all the stages of the reproduction of an illuminated manuscript. We have also made a facsimile of the prayerbook made on the instruction of Ludovico Sforza for Charles VIII of France by the workshop of Giovanni Pietro Birago. Read more news.
This event at the RA in London is now closed and will now tour to Waddesdon Manor from the 22nd October to Sunday 30th October 2016. Factum Foundation´s own Veronica Scanner has already scanned around 400 members of the public, including Grayson Perry, Norman Foster, Jacob Rothschild & Marc Quinn - the 3D scans were processed on site & some rematerialised. Read more news here.
Factum Arte´s reproduction of the Daroca Cape has been sent to the Madrid Archaeological Museum to replace the original during its absence for the V&A exhibition on Opus Anglicanum this October. High resolution composite photography was used to record the cape, which was then stitched together and printed onto fabric. More news here.
Factum Arte print-maker Michael Ward is currently producing a series of test prints for artist and founder of the Arab Image Foundation, Akram Zaatari. These are being made from routed Aluminium plates scaled up x 8 from the original 3D scans in 4 mm of a selection of glass plate negatives, recorded to understand the degradation of the surface of the plates. For more news click here.
Factum Arte´s Otto Lowe is exploring and experimenting ways of recording iron filing structures created by magnetic fields in high detail using photogrammetry for Saudi artist Ahmed Mater. The goal is to produce a 3D model, which is to be scaled up into a vast sculpture, of a photograph taken by Mater of iron filings surrounding a black cube, reminiscent of the pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba in Mecca. Click here for more news.
The bust merging Buddhist monk Ekai Kawaguchi and French explorer & spiritual figure, Alexandra David-Néel, for artist Shezad Dawood is complete. The organic modelling had been done in Z-Brush by Irene Gaume to merge photographic images from different times of the life of each person to create an object that if both physically present and a reference to the person. Read more news here.
Tim Walker's vast prints, inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, is complete. Factum Arte´s digital printmaker, Rafa Rachewsky, has developed a new flexible material and can print images of 5.7 x 2.5 meters onto a single piece of material with no visible joins. Many photographers have been asking for this -Rafa has now proved this is possible. Click here for more news.
A series of new black & white intaglio and coloured prints are being co-published with the October Gallery, London. These have been made from plates routed from high-resolution scans of Anatsui´s workbenches. The artist will return in October to create some large-scale collages. Click here for more news.
The Growth Lounge Chair is now complete. The work comissioned and designed by Bengtsson was 3D printed in Tetrashell and cast in polished bronze and will be put onto a newly designed boat. Over recent months we have been experimenting in different materials from basalt to salt to extend the range of materials that can be used to make Bengtsson’s designs. For more news click here.
The Barberini Harp, a harp from the 17th C., is one of the great baroque musical instruments. It was recorded using photogrammetry at the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali in Rome at the beginning of July. The data is currently being post-processed, with the aim of creating a 1:1 working replica of the harp as it was when it was first made, for harpist Margaret Köll. Read more news.
Photogrammetry is playing an increasingly important role in the research in Factum Arte's 3D studio. Images that are captured are often processed and routed on the 7 axis robot. The Veronica scanner is complete and working very well - it captures and downloads 99 images in about 4 seconds that are then merged into a high-resolution 3D file that can be rematerialised in many different ways. 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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