AI, Tech Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
Adam Lowe, Founder of Factum Foundation will be taking part in an international symposium on the role of advanced technologies in conflict and peacebuilding contexts, to be held in Toledo on 18th and 19th June 2021: the symposium is the first of many efforts to redefine the role of cultural heritage as a tool to facilitate mediation and conflict resolution mechanisms.
Interview: On Preserving the Bakor Monoliths
Kate Fitz Gibbon from Cultural Property News interviewed Factum Foundation's Ferdinand Saumarez Smith on the challenge to document, record and preserve the Bakor Monoliths, and on the many projects regarding rock art carried out by the Foundation over the years.
"The real substance of this is the restitution issue and the importance of rethinking both ownership and preservation."
Secretary of State permits boutique hotel on historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry site
It is with great sadness that we announce the outcome of the Planning Inquiry around the Church Bell Foundry in Whitechapel. Our sadness is really focused on the values that lie behind the decision. Consent has been granted to turn London´s oldest company, founded in 1570 and working until 2017, into a hotel, several restaurants, bars and a private members club.
Recording carpaccio's Young knight in a landscape at the Thyssen-Bornemisza
Working closely with the Thyssen-Bornemizsa’s conservation team, who showed great interest in pushing the analysis of the painting further using Factum’s high-resolution recording methods, the Young Knight in a Landscape was digistised in 3D and colour in May 2021, along with its frame. The surface and colour data are in the process of being merged by a team of 2D and 3D specialists in Factum’s studios.
Recording the Glosas Emilianenses
Factum Foundation is working with the Fundación San Millán de la Cogolla on the digitisation of the Glosas Emilianenses, considered to be the earliest surviving Castilian-language text, in Madrid’s Real Academia de la Historia. During the first week of April, Factum Foundation recorded several pages of the manuscript in high resolution, photographing the colour and using the Lucida 3D Scanner for the surface.
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Join the AaltoSiilo project
We are working on ways to reuse Alvar Aalto's Silo in Oulu as a creative research centre focused on the documentation of industrial buildings in northern Europe, on innovative technologies to record environmental change, and research into sustainable materials including cellulose.
If you are interested in being part of this dynamic and rapidly-developing project please contact us at email@example.com.
Next year is the hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter and his team. Factum's 3D and colour data, recorded in 2009, is in demand and we are following instructions from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities about how to make the data accessible.
Ceilings for the Spanish Gallery at Bishop Auckland
By merging 3D recording, 3D modelling, virtual simulation, architectural details and craftsmanship, we are revisiting the relationship between Islamic, Christian and Jewish influcences on Spanish interior design. After months of work, the four complete ceilings will be leaving Madrid in a few days to be installed in the Spanish Galleries in the north-east of England. More on the exhibition display
Recording and facsimile project for the Benaki Museum
In honour of the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Greek State, the Rothschild Foundation has commissioned a facsimile of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of John Capodistria, which normally hangs in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle and forms part of the Royal Collection. After its recording in high-resolution in August 2020, the painting was re-materialised as a facsimile and will be on display at the Benaki Museum. More on the project
The Raphael Cartoons at the V&A: the digital content is now available
On January 25th, the V&A launched a new online platform where the data from the Raphael Cartoons, recorded by Factum Foundation in high-resolution 3D, colour and infrared, was made available to the public for the first time.
Recording Nabatean Heritage with RCU
Factum Foundation’s team is currently finishing the ground recording of the Nabatean heritage site of Hegra and the dadanite site of Dadan, expecting to soon move to Jabal Ikhmah and Abu Ud.
Commissioned by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), this work is the largest high-resolution 3D recording project carried in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Learn more
Recording The Sacrifice at Lystra tapestry in Mantua
Between February 24th until the first week of March, a team from Factum Foundation has been recording the tapestry made after Raphael's Cartoon The Sacrifice at Lystra at Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, Italy. The recording, arranged with Arnold Nesselrath, is part of the ongoing research into the production of tapestries and the cartoons from which they were made.
Polittico Griffoni facsimile remains in Bologna
Factum Foundation is delighted to announce that the facsimile of the Polittico Griffoni will remain in the city of Bologna on permanent display at Palazzo Pepoli. It will also return to the Basilica of San Petronio on occasion of the city's patron saint day. It is a demonstration of how digital technology can create new ways of studying, displaying, sharing and experiencing a work of art.
Installation of a Canon Elevated Printer in Factum's Madrid workshops
We are delighted to bring our collaboration with Canon Production Printing to the next level with the installation of an elevated printing system in our workshops in Madrid. Factum Arte and Factum Foundation have been working closely with Canon since 2015, applying their elevated printing technology to the reproduction of exact facsimiles using Factum’s approach to 3D scanning and colour management. More on our 3D printing outputs
In May 2018, a team from Factum Foundation carried out the digitisation of Cardenal Tavera’s sepulchre in Toledo. After creating an accurate 3D model from the data, a facsimile of the marble sarcophagus will be part of the exhibition display at the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland. More on the project
Since its creation in 2009, Factum Foundation has worked on recording and facsimile projects across the globe. We can now present this visually on Google Earth.