Recording Qat paintings in Asir, Saudi Arabia.
The Foundation, working with Art Jameel, has been on a fact finding mission that has involved the recording of some of the remaining examples of the delicate and discrete qat wall paintings. This image from Rijal Alma was recorded just before rebuilding was about to take place. As the country modernises and builds, the preservation of the remaining evidence of its deep cultural history is of great importance. As always in depth local knowledge is critical to an understanding of the specific challenges facing the protection of cultural heritage in the region. Click here for more details.
Scanning Idrimi at the British Museum
The British Museum's statue of Idrimi, a refugee from Aleppo who rose to become the king of Alalakh in southern Turkey 3,500 years ago, was recently recorded and scanned. Factum Foundation will donate a facscimile of this statue, that has never left the British Museum because of conservation concerns, to the UK charity Making-Light. Learn more about the technique used to scan Idrimi.
Vandalism of Rock Art in Chad
Last week, it was reported that one of the best examples of rock art in the Ennedi region, just outside the Guelta of Archei, has been vandalised again. Factum Foundation visited this site on its project with the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) in November 2016 and recorded rock art including the graffiti tags made in Arabic and French in the 1980s. Click here for more details and photos. Read the BBC News Report here.
Join the Foundation in a conference about Smart Culture in Madrid
Factum Arte´s Carlos Bayod will spoke on April 4th at the conference Cultura Inteligente: Nuevas Tecnologías Digitales para el Sector Cultural at the Fundación Telefónica.
View the program here.
Book scanner records fragile manuscripts in Daghestan
A new book scanner was delivered to the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography (IHAE) in Makhachkala, Daghestan. The scanner will be used to digitise books at the State Archive in Makachkala as well as manuscripts in madrassas and mosques collected by Islamic scholars around the country.
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HRH The Prince of Wales inaugurates the Borgherini Chapel
Factum Foundation´s Borgherini Chapel is now on display at the exhibition Michelangelo and Sebastiano at the National Gallery, in London (March 15 - June 25). HRH The Prince of Wales attended the opening. Click here for more news.
Re-materializing George Vertue' copies of Holbein
Our collaboration with Strawberry Hill house is reaching critical mass! George Vertue's copies of 33 potraits by Holbein's, currently at Sudeley Castle are being re-materialized at Factum Arte to return to Horace Walple's house. The portraits represent the Tudor court at the time of Henry VIII.
The TNPI Training Centre is now open
On February 17th, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El Enany, the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova and Swiss Ambassador Markus Leitner attended the opening of the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative Training Centre at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings just above Carter’s House and the facsimile of Tutankhamun’s Tomb. Click here to learn more, Read the press about the inaguration (Morgenblandet in Norwegean) (El País, ABC, in Spanish)
Scanning a damaged Monet
On February 14-16, Factum Arte's Pedro Miró and Carlos Bayod recorded the surface of Water Lilies by Claude Monet. The canvas, measuring approx. 175 x 200 cm., was heavily damaged during a fire at the MoMA in 1958 and donated to NYU´s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center for research. The recorded data will be processed in an attempt to digitally restore the painting.
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Treasure-Hunting in the Desert
Factum Foundation's Ferdinand Saumarez Smith wrote a piece for The Economist about his extraordinary experience recording rock art in the Ennedi region in Chad. Read it here.
The Cochno Stone: Revealed, recorded, reburied, rendered
Factum Foundation is proud to announce that the full excavation, 3D recording and safe reburial of the Cochno Stone is now complete. The Cochno Stone is Scotland’s largest and best examples of Neolithic / Bronze Age cup and ring markings dating from 3000 to 2000 BC. The 3D data has now been post-processed and the high resolution viewers are now avialable.
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Rematerialising the tomb of Seti I
After processing various datasets, the production of the facsimile of the tomb of Seti I is underway. The facsimile will be the part of an exhibition at the Antikenmuseum in Basel this summer focusing on the various efforts torestore, preserve and study Seti I.
The Foundation is determined to ensure through the use of the most advanced digital technology available to us that future generations inherit our physical heritage through truly accurate recording and open source dissemination of the object’s condition as we received it and where it can be studied in depth and enjoyed by all. Where this requires the creation of facsimiles to preserve the original and make the digitally perfect derivative available to a global public then we will be there.
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PHASE TWO IN EGYPT
The opening of Stoppelaëre House has been reported in many media pieces around the world – it’s a big step in the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative (TNPI) – a Foundation collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the University of Basel. The opening in February was attended by the Director General of UNESCO, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, the press pack and many Egyptologists.
This is the second Phase – but it is more than that – it is a landmark both physically and figuratively. Turning into the Kings Valley Road, past the police guard post, there is Carter’s House among the trees; behind it, buried discretely below the rock and sand is the facsimile of the Tomb of Tutankhamun – installed in the first Phase in 2014 – but look above the trees and the eye is immediately draw up towards the outline of the Stoppelaëre House – an icon of Hassan Fathy’s architectural style and genius on its private outcrop. The soft sand coloured building with its multi domed roof – which allow coloured shafts of light to pierce the newly opened space inside - has been beautifully restored by architect Tarek Waly and the team of local artisans. All finance to realize this work has been funded by Factum Foundation thanks to generous donations and has been generated outside Egypt.
The TNPI is an ambitious mission to safeguard the tombs of the Theban Necropolis through the application of new digital technologies. It involves the high resolution recording and in some cases the creation of exact facsimiles of tombs that are now either closed to the public for conservation or in need of closure to preserve them for future generations. The recoding of the Tomb of Seti I is under way – a vast work in what is a breathtaking painted and carved interior. The Project sees this work being carried out by Egyptians trained in the Centre at Stoppelaëre House and the data processed there – for which the building has been renovated and prepared and initial equipment installed. Eventually this data will be used to create the facsimile of the great tomb – to be installed below the Stoppelaëre House and adjacent to the facsimile of Tutankhamun’s Tomb. A clear, bold and technologically advanced statement of what digital skills and advances now allow us to do in preserving our heritage. Skills we want to pass on.
Tourists already come to the Tutankhamun facsimile – the original is undergoing more works (the first 90 years of its exposed and visited life did terrible damage) - as they will to the facsimile of the Tomb of Seti I . The record of what we inherited is essential to future scholars - that record also allows for remote study and, with local artisans trained by the Foundation, the creation of facsimiles that allow tourism to become the benign force that it can and should be.
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