Factum Arte is a new type of creative space in Madrid that has been working with artists of the highest calibre for two decades. Computers provide the greatest creative resource offering artists new and diverse ways to engage with, mediate and transform the world we all inhabit. Creative production in C21st demands a radical rethinking of the way things are made – Factum Arte responds to the demands of artists from all over the world merging craft skills, technology, and an understanding of the physical nature of diverse materials.
The workshops have developed to create an experimental and open environment in order to meet the needs of artists from around the world. Factum’s core focus is on the merging of technology and craft skills.
The studios that have grown in Madrid since 2001 are a direct reaction against a heavily compartmentalised production model. Digital mediation has changed how people work together and divisions based on materials are being replaced by a different approach to transformation and making.
Curiosity, collaboration, innovation and diverse forms of manufacture have come to define Factum Arte's working spaces, maximising artistic freedom in its setup. Everything is based on transforming an idea into its optimum form and understanding the mediations that are involved in the digital and the physical world.
Over 50 people work together in about 10,000 sq meters of studio space on two sites in the East of Madrid close to the airport. Their skills are diverse; architects, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, software writers, product designers, moulders and casters, welders, conservators, fine and applied artists, printers, machine operators, accountants, photographers, film-makers, 3D scanners, textile specialists, typographers and both digital and physical sculptors. Precision engineering, CNC milling (3 and 7 axis), foundry work in many materials (at every scale and level of detail), water-jet cutting, laser technologies of various kinds, 3D printing, electro-forming and electroplating, wood carving, stone carving and a host of manufacturing techniques are carried out on site or in collaboration with skilled specialist workshops.
|Adam Lowe||Juan Carlos Arias||Carmen G. Figueras||Damián López Rojo||Rafa Rachewsky||Carlos Bayod Lucini|
|Blanca Nieto||Dwight Perry||Pedro de Miró Infante||Amanda Blázquez||Javier Barreno||Otto Lowe|
|Michael Ward||Gabriel Scarpa||Angel Jorquera||José Manuel Pellón||José Menéndez||Francesco Cigognetti|
|Carlos Alonso||Salomé Prada Pottecher||Manuel Franquelo||Charlie Westgarth||Jordi García Pons||Anna Paola Ferrara|
|Natalia P. Buesa||Carlos Sanz Sayalero||Constanza Dessain||Aliaa Ismail||Guendalina Damone||Voula Paraskevi Natsi|
|Jacinto de Manuel||Isabel Fernández||Silvia Álvarez||Oak Taylor-Smith||Eva Rosenthal Mena||Ferdinand Saumarez Smith|
|Iván Allende||Irene Gaumé||Quinner Baird||Miguel Hernando||Jorge Cano||María Carmen Pascual|
|Esperanza González||Oscar Parasiego||Eduardo L. Rodríguez||Aniuska Martín||Teresa Casado||Elizabeth Mitchell|
|Nathaniel Mann||René Servisi||Nicolas Béliard||Marta Marcos||Victoria Matatagui|
|Osama Dawod||Luke Tchalenko||Matt Marshall||Giulia Fornaciari|
|In Memoriam: Piers Wardle|