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New video: Material Sound: The Dark Hours of the Sun

An emotional musical narrative, a a choreography of cymatic movements of visualised sounds. Material Sound: The Dark Hours of the Sun features data recorded directly from the sun itself and sonified by NASA, together with an original composition by Nathaniel Mann. Encompassing the beginning and the end, light and dark, anxiety and meditation, the vast and the infinite. Watch the video.

Video © Óscar Parasiego for Factum Arte


New video: Material Sound: Chladni Plates

Starting with the 18th-century experiments of Ernst Chladni and merging them with the work of Margaret Watts Hughes in the 1890s and Hans Jenny in the 1960s, Factum's research has focused on the synaesthetic nature of digital data. The brass plates which make up Material Sound - Chladni Plates vibrate according to the resonant frequencies of the plates themselves when excited by sound. Watch the video

An emerging and changing artwork by: Jorge Cano, Adam Lowe, Nathaniel Mann, Charlotte Skene Catling
With the support of: Enrique Esteban, Francesco Cicognetti, Francisco Regalado, Miguel Hernando, Guillem Bayo, Matt Button, Albert Munté and Victor Camilleri
Video © Óscar Parasiego for Factum Arte


Factum Arte's Diary: Shirazeh Houshiary

Factum Arte has been working with Shirazeh Houshiary since 2015 on a number of projects ranging from Murano glass to aluminium sculptures. In this new video, Shirazeh explains how the dynamic collaboration with Factum Arte brings new possibilities by redefining the nature of the creative process in the making of a work of art.

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Rematerialisation of Raphael's tomb on show in Rome
Rematerialisation of Raphael's tomb on show in Rome

6th April 2020 marks the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death and a number of exhibitions in this centenary year have focused on re-examining the importance of one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance.

Factum Arte was approached by Scuderie del Quirinale and ALES to collaborate on what might be the most complete and exhaustive overview of the painter's life and career ever exhibited: more than 200 artworks, 100 of them by Raphael's own hand, were loaned by prestigious institutions from all over Italy and the world.

This extraordinary event, curated by Marzia Faietti and Matteo Lafranconi with contributions from Vincenzo Farinella and Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro, offers the visitor an unusual starting point: a rematerialisation of the painter's tomb, which is usually visible in the Pantheon, Rome. This was an ambitious project which has involved all of Factum's departments working together on different stages of the process.

Raffaello is closed until further notice. Learn more about the process behind this rematerialisation


ARCO 2020: <i>The Hard Work of Art</i>
ARCO 2020: The Hard Work of Art

Clark Winter has been exploring photography and videography for many years as a creative and observational consequence of his travels around the world as much as his fine arts background. His new works, Yokes and Stones, have been the main feature of Factum Arte's ARCO 2020 event, presented on February 28th.

The exhibition, titled The Hard Work of Art presented the series of sculptures and photographic prints centred around the idea of works of art as labour: staying somewhere in between Duchamp’s concept of the ready-made and Brancusi’s sculptural questioning of essence. Boris Savelev's Chernovitz Portfolio and Factum Arte's very own work of art, Material Sound, were on show as well.

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Jose Dávila's new series of works on show at ARCO 2020
Jose Dávila's new series of works on show at ARCO 2020

The Equilibrium series, Jose Dávila's first project with Factum Arte, continues a thread which has long been present in Dávila's work, constructing seemingly barely-possible physical relationships between objects and asking the viewer to engage with the strength and frailty, tension and repose inherent in a composition.

The first work of this new series was on show at ARCO 2020 for Travesia Cuatro.

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<i>The Stranger</i> by Fabio Dartizio on permanent display in London
The Stranger by Fabio Dartizio on permanent display in London

The 4,50 m tall bronze sculpture was commissioned by the French bank Societe Generale as part of its wider arts patronage programme to support emerging artists in the UK. As part of this initiative, The Stranger is now on permanent show in the lobby of their new headquarters at One Bank Street, London.

Fabio Dartizio began exploring the theme of lightning in late 2016. The idea to capture lightning’s intangible essence in sculpture led him to contact Factum Arte in order to bring The Stranger to reality.

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<i>Material Sound</i>: the first body of work created at Factum Arte, by Factum Arte
Material Sound: the first body of work created at Factum Arte, by Factum Arte

Factum Arte is known for helping other artists to give material shape to their ideas, but Material Sound is the work of Factum’s own artists, engineers, sound specialists, and designers - a collaborative artwork created through conversation, experiment, and a close understanding of the physical properties of the material world we inhabit.

Starting with the 18th-century experiments of Ernst Chladni and merging them with the work of Margaret Watts Hughes in the 1890s and Hans Jenny in the 1960s, Factum's research has focused on the synaesthetic nature of digital data. The brass plates which make up the work vibrate according to the resonant frequencies of the plates themselves when excited by sound.

A custom-made transducer system including a piezoelectric device is attached to the underside of each plate. When a plate resonates, the sand particles realign along the peaks and troughs of the soundwaves - they disperse where the plate is in motion and settle in clearly-defined lines on the still nodes where no movement takes place. The size, shape, and thickness of a plate all contribute to the ever-changing patterns; in this work the plates are 6mm thick and up to 2m in length. One of the innovative aspects is that we are working in both audible and inaudible frequencies of sound, creating a mesmerising series of transformations.

A second work is using lycopodium powder on a vibrating membrane, an approach taken by Hans Jenny in his cymatic experiments. Here, the focus is on how the particles move both across the surface and in the space above it.

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The recreation of the Risco Caído: the facsimile for the recently declared World Heritage Site has been installed
The recreation of the Risco Caído: the facsimile for the recently declared World Heritage Site has been installed

Over the past 6 months, Factum Arte's craftsmen have been working on the production of an exact facsimile of the Risco Caído cave, which will be set up in January and will be on permanent view at the new Risco Caído Interpretation Centre in the town of Artenara, Gran Canaria. The facsimile of the cave has been installed inside a space adjacent to the Interpretation Centre, which was itself purposefully carved into the mountain.

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Larissa Sansour's <i>Monument for Lost Time</i> on show at Copenhagen Contemporary
Larissa Sansour's Monument for Lost Time on show at Copenhagen Contemporary

Following the success of Larissa Sansour's Monument for Lost Time, at the 58th International Biennale di Venezia's Danish Pavillion, the monumental sculpture is now on show at Copenhagen Contemporary. A team from Factum Arte took care of the installation ahead of the artist's exhibition Heirloom (13th December 2019 – 10th May 2020), which focuses on Sansour's collaboration with the writer and artist Søren Lind.

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A new flatbed printer
A new flatbed printer

Factum’s flatbed printer is unique in that it enables the operator to precisely over-print in perfect registration. This means that a printed image can be built up in layers of ink of varying opacity and therefore that the tonal range of Factum's system is much greater than that of commercially available printers.
The printer can print an area of 1.6 x 4.5 meters. The substrate can be re-positioned to provide a continuous surface with total control over the printed joint; it is thus possible to print an image that is 4 meters high and, in theory, any length.

The development has taken over a year and has been primarily carried out by Quinner Baird, with support from Dwight Perry, Jorge Cano and Enrique Esteban. Factum's ability to develop both hardware and software is a key part of the experimental workshop mentality that underpins our work.


Factum Arte's diary: Shezad Dawood

Shezad Dawood has worked with Factum Arte since 2014 in a variety of media, on projects which complicate and reimagine received historical narratives and imagery. In this new profile, filmed in Factum Arte's Madrid workshops, he talks about the ideas and ideals which drive his work, and how the collaborative studio environment of Factum Arte helps to bring them to life.

Find out more about Shezad Dawood's projects with Factum Arte


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