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"Eros and the goblet of milk", Charlotte Skene Catling and Adam Lowe's piece for Domus
"Eros and the goblet of milk", Charlotte Skene Catling and Adam Lowe's piece for Domus

"In myth, the world began with Eros, the primordial god of love, emerging from Chaos. As a driving life force, and through irresistible longing, he 'unnerves the limbs and overcomes the mind' (Hesiod, Theogony). Eros reprents the battle between body and mind, and equally, their synthesis. Great art is a sensual piercing of the intellect, understood through desire. It sublimates and transforms, merging hardness and softness."

Read Charlotte Skene Catling and Adam Lowe's piece for Domus Magazine, July/August 2018 issue.

Paula Crown installation at Studio Cannaregio in Venice
Paula Crown installation at Studio Cannaregio in Venice

Rafa Rachewsky has just returned from installing Paula Crown´s new site specific intervention at Studio Cannaregio in Venice, part of her exhibition "The Architecture of Memory" at the 16th Biennale di Architettura.

The installation consists of several panels of laminated glass prepared with dichroic film and assembled at different angles in front of the window in the gallery. The light and atmosphere in the room, creates a series of reflections and unexpected colour shadows that change as the visitors walks around the space. A new diptych from the "Kinematics" series, printed on gelatine coated stainless steel at Factum Arte, can also be seen in the exhibition.

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

2017, A year that has been dominated by the production of Jenny Holzer's three vast walls in marble and limestone for Jean Nouvel's extraordinary Abu Dhabi Louvre. The merging of new technologies and manual craft skills has always been at the core of Factum Arte’s mission. It is a mix that has resulted in a deep understanding of the mediation of data and the transformation of diverse materials. Craftsmen used to be associated with one material (goldsmiths, painters, ceramicists, gilders, film makers etc) but the merging of the virtual and the physical is creating a new environment – a playground for artists.
As a sign of the times Factum Arte is now working with equal numbers of female and male artists – works are in production for Shirazeh Houshiary, Maya Lin, Manal AlDowayan, Melanie Smith, Marina Abramović, Charlotte Skene Catling, Nazgol Ansarinia, Paula Crown, Teresa Solar, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige and Rob and Nick Carter.

Mariko Mori solo exhibition at Sean Kelly
Mariko Mori solo exhibition at Sean Kelly

This new body of work has been meticulously produced using the most technically advanced methods available. For her second exhibition at the gallery, Mariko has increased both the scale and magnitude of her sculptures, creating monumental works, some of which embrace the architecture of the space.

Marina Abramović returned to Factum
Marina Abramović returned to Factum

Marina Abramović came back to Factum Arte to develop different projects and carry out new works. Marina together with Adam Lowe's help will work on the preparation of her next exhibition for The Royal Academy of Arts in London, becoming the first living woman artist to exhibit in this prestigious institution.

"I am 71 years old, I am in the last part of my life, very conscious of making this transition. I think that when you die you do not go to darkness, but to light. What we are going to try to create is a way to make myself disappear in the light"

Scanning Seti has now ended
Scanning Seti has now ended

The exhibition Scanning Seti: the regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb has now ended at the Antiken Museum, Basel. The exhibition received extremely positive responses from reviewers worldwide and is currently being dismantled before being returned to Factum's workshops.

It would be exhibited in Madrid... who knows!?

Mediation and Transformation - Alchemy and New Technology: Adam Lowe at the Warburg Institute
Mediation and Transformation - Alchemy and New Technology: Adam Lowe at the Warburg Institute

On May 9th, Adam Lowe is talking about Factum Foundation's work at the Warburg Institute, London, as part of the lecture series Re-Opening the Workshop: Medieval to Early Modern. The talk will provide a contemporary perspective on the series' focus on workshops and artists' studios as sites for the transmission of ideas and skills.

Gorillas In the Mist
Gorillas In the Mist

Factum Arte supported The Haas Brothers in creating Gorillas in the Mist, a fountain specifically conceived for the new Aventura Mall in Miami. This installation consisting of three large bronze gorillas and four massive bronze trees circulating water creates a space that is both peaceful and evocative.

Adam Lowe at History Germany this Sunday 3rd
Adam Lowe at History Germany this Sunday 3rd

For "Guardians of Heritage - Keeper of History" that will broadcast at 21.05h, Hannes Jaenicke meets Adam Lowe of Factum Arte in Madrid. In the first part of the documentary, Hannes travels to Jordan to meet in the refugee camp Zaatari where people who are cut off from their homeland try to keep the memory of their cultural roots alive. To do so, he will visit "Factum Arte" in Madrid, a workshop that preserves cultural heritage and contemporary art through the use of state-of-the-art technology combined with craftsmanship. Find out more here

Summer Learning
Summer Learning

Factum Arte is delighted to welcome four students to its summer internship program. André Paul Jáuregui and Halley Ramos, graduate students in the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, will be supporting the 3D and color recording team by contributing to different scanning projects. As part of their internship, André and Halley will join a team on an innovative photogrammetric documentation project at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Andrew Hennessy has returned to help design new recording systems and Fernando Botella will research the uses of ´big data.´

True Copies
True Copies

Jeffrey Brown from PBS NewsHour visited Factum last March to learn more about our work both at Factum Arte and the Foundation. His piece focuses on our approach to understanding and preserving the integrity of culural objects and heritage. Click here to watch the video.

New Work from Akram Zaatari
New Work from Akram Zaatari

Factum Arte collaborated with Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari to produce a series of photographic objects including cyanotypes, etchings and digital prints for the exhibition Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation on display until September 25th 2017 at the Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).

The works produced for this exhibition transfer and reprodice photographic objects in paper, glass and metal. Zaatari's exhibition brings to light discussions and key moments in AIF´s recent history and focuses different objects of the collection that triggered them. A significant part of the exhibition reflects on the disintegration of images over time and the aging of emulsion.

'Benchmarks' at the Royal Academy
'Benchmarks' at the Royal Academy

Our collaboration with Ghanian artist El Anatsui can now be seen at Royal Academy in London. This is the first time these hand-made prints are shown in a public institution. On view will be the entire Eclipse Suite, the Black and White Series and Fragments. The prints were made by 3D scanning the wooden worktops used to make El Anatsui´s famous tapestries. This information was transferred onto aluminium plates and then printed through an etching press. Learn more about these large-scale prints. Request a day pass to see them.

See the video published by the Financial Times.

Archeological Core Wins Prix Duchamp
Archeological Core Wins Prix Duchamp

Factum Arte congratulates Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige winning the 2017 Marcel Duchamp Prize. This prize honours every year artists born or residing in France. The work of the four finalists can be seen until January 8th, 2018 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Factum Arte produced Hadjithomas & Joreige´s submission for this prestigious prize. Click here to see it.

Ahmed Mater at Galleria Continua
Ahmed Mater at Galleria Continua

Ahmed Mater returned to Factum Arte to create Mitochondria: Powerhouses, a new body of work for his solo exhibition at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano. The artworks produced include an installation with a Tesla coil machine evoking the production of fulgurite sculptures and a set of chests with optical illusions recalling the mirage boxes created in 2015. Ahmed Mater worked alongside a Factum Arte team of digital modellers, engineers and 3D recording specialists throughout the research and production phases of these works. Quinner Baird installed and operated a Tesla coil machines during the exhibition´s inauguration.

Terra-Forming: Engineering the Sublime part of the exhibition Cartografias de lo Desconocido: Mapas de la BNE
Terra-Forming: Engineering the Sublime part of the exhibition Cartografias de lo Desconocido: Mapas de la BNE

From November 3rd until January 28th of 2018 The exhibition Cartografias de lo Desconocido: Mapas de la BNE includes the idea conceived by Adam Lowe and Jerry Brotton: Terra-Forming: Engineering the Sublime in the context of the cartographic collection of the Biblioteca Nacional de España. These projections present a journey through time and space to see how our world has been imagined and built by artists and scientists, saints and cartographers. Terra-Forming will provide a creative response to the problem that has bedeviled creative minds for centuries: when faced with the staggering size and scale of the earth, how do we present a comprehensive view of the world without distorting it?

Adam Lowe's talk at Daniel Katz Gallery for London Art Week
Adam Lowe's talk at Daniel Katz Gallery for London Art Week

Joanna Tinworth, Exhibitions Curator at Sir John Soane's Museum, and Adam Lowe, collaborated on the Soane's current exhibition Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I.

In the bicentenary year of the re-discovery of the sarcophagus of Seti I, now preserved at Sir John Soane's Museum, they will discuss Belzoni and Soane's engagement with this important antiquity and its continued appeal to visitors to the Museum and researchers alike. Lowe has been instrumental in producing the displays for another current exhibition about the tomb: Scanning Seti - the regeneration of a pharaonic tomb at the Antikenmuseum in Basel and will explore the significance of cutting edge digital technology in extending our appreciation of the sarcophagus - and art and antiquities more widely.

Talk took place on Monday 27th at 6.30pm at Daniel Katz Gallery

Tim Walker: The Garden of Earthly Delights Bosch now in s-Hertogenbosch
Tim Walker: The Garden of Earthly Delights Bosch now in s-Hertogenbosch

From November 4th until February 25th Het Noordbrabants Museum will be showing the complete series of 26 prints, The Garden of Earthly Delights, by the world famous fashion photographer, Tim Walker. The extremely impressive photos inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s (ca. 1450-1516) visual language were commissioned by The Nicola Erni Collection (Switzerland) and have never been shown in a museum before.
In 2016 Factum Arte was approached by Tim Walker and Nicolla Erni to produce a series of 26 vast digital prints of images taken by the photographer based on Hieronymus Bosch subject. Walker requested that Factum Arte produced the large-scale prints at the highest definition possible on a flexible material which could be easily transported. The digital printing team at Factum Arte, led by Rafa Rachewsky, proposed a material they had been developing for some time: ¨flex-gesso¨ or gesso coated linen.

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