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Set design for the opera <i>The Magic Flute</i>
Set design for the opera The Magic Flute

Michael Hansmeyer has collaborated with Factum Arte to create the set design of Romeo Castellucci’s The Magic Flute / Die Zauberflöte, presented this week at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels.

Hansmeyer's piece is a significant example of computational architecture, showing the conversion of a geometry model into a monumental physical object. This new project testifies to the atmosphere of Factum Arte's workshop, that of a playground with a plurality of artistic possibilities, and embodies our obsessive commitment to pushing the boundaries that usually separate technology and craft skills. Learn more.

Factum Arte's Greyscale Cabinet, on view at Homo Faber in Venice

On 14 Sept., the Fondazione Giorgio Cini opened its doors for the premiere of the event Homo Faber: Crafting a more human. Until 30 Sept., the Venetian building is hosting masterpieces, exhibitions, installations and workshops presenting the work of some of the finest European artisans. Among those works is the Greyscale Cabinet. Homo Faber is the first event organised by the Michelangelo Foundation.


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Lecture: Classic Timeless sculpture, the eternity of glass
Lecture: Classic Timeless sculpture, the eternity of glass

On 13 Sept., Gabriella Belli, overall Director of the Venice Municipal Museums network, was in conversation with Factum Arte's director Adam Lowe and Giberto Arrivabene, glass designer, who has adapted the age-old techniques of lost-wax casting to create glass replicas of the masterpieces of the past.

The question of historic and modern copying was also explored in a special project – A World of Fragile Parts – curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum, at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
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Images courtesy of GIBERTO with Fond. Musei Civici di Venezia

On becoming Virtual Octopi by Shezad Dawood
On becoming Virtual Octopi by Shezad Dawood

London-based artist Shezad Dawood's renewed collaboration with Factum Arte led to the production of the new polychromatic sculpture On Becoming Virtual Octopi, designed in response to and in conversation with Barakat Gallery’s antiquity collection, for the artist's solo exhibition "Leviathan: On Sunspots and Whales" (September 1 - November 4 2018).

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New works by Bernd Nicolaisen
New works by Bernd Nicolaisen

In collaboration with the Physics Institute - University of Bern and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research of Göttingen, Bernd Nicolaisen has developed his two new series „HEAD OF 67P - ESA / ROSETTA MISSION“ and „CHURY OUT OF HORIZON“.

The new works revolve around mysterious places that have never been seen before, places more than 400 million km away from planet Earth. Within this seemingly abstract visual world, new perspectives on comet Tschurjumow- Gerasimenko 67P reveal themselves to the viewers. The large-format pictures in 3D print- and tableaux-formats incorporate two different work series.

On view at the Physics Institue - University of Bern. Read more.

Recording of Queen Maria Luisa on horseback (1799) by Francisco de Goya
Recording of Queen Maria Luisa on horseback (1799) by Francisco de Goya

Factum Arte's team has completed the 3D and colour recording of Goya's Queen María Luisa on horseback at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the first step towards the production of a high-resolution facsimile that can be used for the study, conservation and dissemination of the painting. The project has been made possible by renowned American artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel, whose works are embedded in a deep knowledge of the past.

The production of a facsimile of Queen María Luisa continues in the Prado's long tradition of encouraging both great artists and students to make copies of works in the collection as a way to study the old masters. In this case, however, the 'copy' will take advantage of the latest technologies, allowing us to extract high-resolution information from the painting and transform it using digital tools in order to create a new interpretation of the original. The process of creating a facsimile requires the active collaboration of experts from different disciplines - it is rethought for each project and often leads to new insights into the work of art.

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Paula Crown at Factum Arte's workshop
Paula Crown at Factum Arte's workshop

Paula Crown is a multimedia artist interested in exploring the limits and possibilities of cutting-edge technologies and traditional media. Paula Crown is currently in residency at Factum Arte's workshop in Madrid, experimenting with materials, pigments and giving form to new ideas.

Read more on Paula Crown's Entitleist series.

Masterpiece London
Masterpiece London

From 28 June to 4 July, Factum Arte participated in Masterpiece Art Fair with two projects: a curated booth at the general fair and an installation by Marina Abramovic for "Masterpiece Presents" at the entrance to the fair.

The stand (A20) showed works by Marina Abramovic, Paula Crown, Shezad Dawood, Bernd Nicolaisen, Rachid Koraichi, Mat Chivers, El Anatsui, Ahmed Mater, Hrair Sarkissian, Boris Savelev, Grayson Perry and others.

Masterpiece Presents introduced the first body of work made by Marina Abramovic at Factum Arte´s studios in Madrid, Five Stages of Maya Dance. The complete series of works was displayed as they were intended in a site-specific space, designed by Skene Catling de la Peña. Abramovic has been working with Factum Arte and the Lisson Gallery for several years and spent several months with our team earlier in 2018.

Factum Arte's profile, by Patek Philippe
Factum Arte's profile, by Patek Philippe

"The idea really is something like the old renaissance workshops where people with many different skills, work to pursue a common goal."
In his interview by Patek Philippe Magazine, Adam Lowe talks about Factum Arte, Factum Foundation, the creative energy that animates the workshops and the contemporary artists, artisans and secular masterpieces that run them.

To know more about the articulation of this unique place where artists, technicians and artisans join their passions and experiment with cutting-edge technologies, like art students in a playground, you can watch this video and read the corresponding article published by Patek Philippe Magazine.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth - exhibition opening
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth - exhibition opening

Factum Arte is proud to work with the Bodleian Library, Oxford on the exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth. The 4D relief map of Middle-earth with back and front projection is an exquisite application of technology that seems to get inside your imagination like the words of the book. It maps time, geography and image using both an animation displayed on an 85-inch screen and a front projection mapped to the topography of the landscape.

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The Wedding at Cana's case at the Biennale di Architettura
The Wedding at Cana's case at the Biennale di Architettura

The facsimile of The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese, produced by Factum Arte, is part of the cases selected by the Venice Pavilion at the Biennale di Architettura 2018. For this edition, the Venice Pavilion has the purpose to offer a project of shared management of the knowledge. The original, currently held at the Louvre, was made for the refectory of the Benedictine monastery of S. Giorgio Maggiore. With this copy, Veronese’s masterpiece was brought back to the city of Venice and the island of S. Giorgio.

Click here to know more about the process and production of the Wedding at Cana facsimile.

Divina Paolina
Divina Paolina

Thanks to the Canova Foundation in collaboration with the Venice International Foundation, the Friends of Venice and the Municipality of Possagno, the sculpture of Paolina Borghese by Antonio Canova comes back home. But there is more, an unusual Paolina glass, realized in 2015 with the lost wax technique, by Gilberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga and by Factum Arte, together with the Paolina Borghese's plaster model was the first reconstructed work with the 3D system and reverse engineering, and today, more than ten years after that major restoration, it is being redisplayed for the general public.

This new version of the sandblasted glass-crystal masterpiece, which does not want to be a copy, but an "interpretation" entrusted to materials in line with our time, incredibly enhances the forms of Princess Borghese, immersing it in an extremely contemporary context.

New Training Manuals
New Training Manuals

Factum Arte has produced a bilingual edition of the Lucida Scanner, a Training Manual. This is the second manual published by the 3D Recording Department in Arabic. Aliaa Ismail with help of Abdo Ghaba and Mahmoud Salem prepared the volume A Quick Guide to Recording Systems to train technicians in Egypt. In a few weeks, a new guide dedicated to photogrammetry will also be available. Photogrammetry is playing an increasingly important role in the research in Factum Arte's 3D studio.

Download the Lucida Sacanner Manual in English / Arabic.

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