The Materiality of the Aura: an exhibition by Factum Foundation in Bologna
On the second floor of Palazzo Fava, as part of the exhibition The Revealed Masterpiece (May 18th - end of 2020), in collaboration with Genus Bononiae, visitors will be able to explore the role of digital technology and reflect upon an object’s materiality and its “aura”.
The exhibition is open on appointment only, after purchasing the ticket online. Find out more
Preliminary research and diagnostics begin on The Assumption of Mary and Saints
The winner of Bando Lucida 2020, The Assumption of Mary and Saints attributed to the workshops of Sandro Botticelli, in the Monumental Complex of Pilotta in Parma has now entered the preliminary phase of research and diagnostics preceding its future restoration in the Open Care facilities. The competition is sponsored by Open Care and Factum Foundation with the support of Euromobiliare Advisory SIM.
Find out more about Bando Lucida and Lucida Lab Milan
Can new tech recreate the hand of an Old Master? - The Art Newspaper Podcast
Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, was interviewed by Ben Luke from the Art Newspaper on their weekly podcast This Week in Art, ahead of three live discussions about technology and heritage on 1, 2 and 3 May.
1/2/3 MAY 2020: Online discussions organised by The Art Newspaper and Factum Foundation, with Il Giornale dell'Arte
The three, 80-minute, online discussions brought together contributors to Factum Foundation’s new book (free download here / purchase here), with other experts from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. The discussions considered the increasing prominence of high-resolution recordings of cultural heritage and their place in the display spaces of the present and the future.
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Recording the Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Niccolò dell'Arca
The sculptural group of the Compianto sul Cristo morto (Lamentation over the Dead Christ) by Niccolò dell’Arca is located in the main chapel of the Church of Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna. The fragility of the seven terracotta statues led Factum Foundation, in collaboration with Genus Bononiae, to record the group as part of the exhibition La Materialità dell’Aura at Palazzo Fava.
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Progress following the recording in Easter Island: the eye of the Moai?
During the trip to Easter Island, the "eye" found during archaological excavations in 1978 was recorded in the Museo Antropológico Sebastián Englert. The data has been processed into a 3D render that can be shared with experts to help with further studies regarding the existence of eyes made for the Moai on Rapa Nui.
New publication: The aura in the age of digital materiality
This publication focuses on Factum Foundation's work to promote the use of high-resolution recording, digital restoration and creative re-materialisation while bringing into focus the changing attitudes towards owning, sharing, preserving and displaying cultural artefacts. It accompanies the exhibition 'La Riscoperta di un Capolavoro' (12 March - 28 June 2020, currently postponed) at Palazzo Fava, Bologna. Order now
New video: Photogrammetry training with two students from saudi arabia
In November 2019, two students from Saudi Arabia, Jawharah Albalawi and Abdulrahim Sugair, started a two-week photogrammetry training in Factum Foundation’s headquarters in Madrid. The training was the second step of a collaborative project between Factum Foundation, Art Jameel, and the Royal Commission of AlUla (RCU). You can watch the full video here.
New video: A quick guide to Factum’s multi-layered browser
A new video shows how to navigate Factum's multi-layered browsers, which allow you to move around the scanned surfaces and zoom into macro-level photographic data with a resolution of 400 dpi on a scale of 1:1. This allows the inspection of every single detail of the artifact, from any computer screen or mobile device.
Watch the full video here or access the viewer.
New film on Black Square recording
The Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) has produced a short film about how recording Kazimir Malevich's Black Square (1915) with Factum Foundation is helping conservators and researchers find out more about what lies beneath the surface of the most famous painting of the Russian avant-garde.
NEW RECORDING ON ISLA DE PASCUA
A team from Factum Foundation has arrived in Easter Island to collaborate on a series of projects with the Museo Sebastian Englert. The first items to be recorded are a collection of painted stone panels from the Birdman cult era that were removed from their original location at a site called Orongo by the Thomson expedition in 1886. Further projects at various sites around the island are under discussion. Learn more
New discovery in Tutankhamun's tomb
A team of archaeologists, while conducting a radar survey over the area surrounding Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, has detected evidence of an additional chamber behind the wall paintings. The theory by Nicholas Reeves, backed in 2015 by Factum Foundation's high-resolution recordings of the tomb, hinted at the possibility of hidden chambers containing Nefertiti's resting place.
Read the full article on Nature
New recording at the National Galleries of Scotland
Ahead of the opening of the new Casa Natal de Velázquez in Seville in 2021, a team from Factum Foundation has carried out the high-resolution digitisation in 3D and colour of Old Woman Cooking Eggs by Diego Velázquez at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Facsimile of Djehuty funerary garden has been installed in Luxor
The facsimile of the Djehuty Garden, commissioned by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) to be part of the protective framwork built to safeguard the original in Luxor, has been installed. The fragile ancient structure will be protected from further erosion.
Curated by Adam Lowe, Guendalina Damone and Carlos Bayod Lucini, the exhibition at Palazzo Fava focuses on the ways in which Factum Foundation uses technology to help with the long-term preservation of diverse forms of cultural heritage. This approach involves documentation, monitoring, in-depth study, and the recreation and dissemination of objects in both physical and virtual forms. Learn more.
The sculptural group of the Compianto sul Cristo morto (Lamentation over the Dead Christ) by Niccolò dell’Arca is located in the main chapel of the Church of Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna. The fragility of the seven terracotta statues led Factum Foundation, in collaboration with Genus Bononiae, to record the group as part of the exhibition La Materialità dell’Aura at Palazzo Fava. Learn more