Open Care and the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation announce the 1st edition of the Lucida competition. The aim of the initiative is to offer cutting edge technology to the conservation and documentation of an artwork of public interest, by supporting a project of surface analysis using the Lucida 3D Scanner (developed for the non-invasive recording of the surface of paintings and low-relief objects) as well as restoration. The competition is open to various italian museums and art foundations defined by the ICOM. Proposals can be submitted from November 17th 2015 until February 29th 2016. The proclamation of the winning candidate will take place on March 31st 2016. Find more information here.
Reproduction in polyurethane resin of the surface of a painting, thanks to the relief information obtained with the Lucida 3D scanner; 1:1 scale print in acetate of the texture and color data
The Factum Foundation recently participated in the event Museo Virtuale (MUVIR) in Rome with the Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini and the Director of the Vatican Museums Antonio Paolucci in support of this important initiative to open the Associazionie Bancaria Italiana's art collections to the public.
The event introduced the potential of digital technology for the documentation and dissemination of publicly inaccessible works of art. The Foundation prepared the routed relief and multilayer browser of 3D and color data recorded from two paintings in the ABI collection in Palazzo Altieri. It is increasingly important to record the surface and texture of paintings to communicate their unique characteristics and to preserves them permanently- the mission at the Lucida Lab Milano.
To know more about the Foundation, read the book explaining the aims and work being carried out in collaboration with Factum Arte.
Objects as stories
Man has always tried to record his experiences and his feelings, his wonder and his fear of what he saw and heard and felt in his life - the movements and stirrings of the cosmos, of the elements of nature where he saw himself as part and often as a central part. He has always searched for meaning and cause and has tried to look into the future to see a purpose. What he discovered or developed he wanted to keep and to pass on as in his discoveries were the rhythms and the reflections that represented life and emotions. The means he chose was in images and representations.
He still chooses the same media though his materials may change - he uses the plastic arts, as sculpture rendered in three dimensions or as painting as if in three dimensions - and as paintings in two dimensions, surfaces that reveal meaning or that try to describe it or in a pictogram. He would do anything to mould emotions into a form that seemed permanent - that could and would pass to later generations what he had thought or seen so that his knowledge and experience would not be lost but would compound into the sum of information - a subject we have covered before.
In the past few weeks we at the Foundation have worked on or are making plans to work on some of these marks, these creations - that tell us stories from thousands of years ago and hundreds of years ago and from today....while the world echoes with destruction - of lives, of artefacts, of sites. Some of the objects carry stories from when man did not have writing, from a time when his view of the cosmos was different to ours - but the stories are clear and we are able to decipher them as they were meant to be deciphered. Stories from when man used objects to make political statements through their narrative, from when man's stories spread across space and time with astonishing rapidity through painted and carved images and stories from the time when man could manipulate matter as Factum Arte does through its digital mediation.
All these stories are stored - they are a permanent record of where we came from - or are they? Well over 80% of what we had we have lost, we have squandered it. All those wonderful evocations of emotion, of the sense of living, have gone. What we have left is all the more previous and that is just what the Foundation has been created for - to record and preserve our heritage for future generations. Our ideas are beginning to gain traction - great museums are using high resolution scanners, custodians are recording digitally and using the data to understand more fully the paintings and objects as well as to preserve, sites and objects are being photogrammetrically imaged - from endangered rock carvings to buildings. The use of digital technology is becoming mainstream - we are heartened - but realistic- we have a long way to go.
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