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International seminar: El futuro de la nuestras colecciones
Museo Picasso Málaga: 16th December 2022

Carlos Bayod presented the work of the Factum Foundation at the international seminar 'El futuro de nuestras colecciones' organised by Museo Picasso Málaga December 16th. The presentation introduced different initiatives, including the continuous efforts that the Foundation is undertaking to preserve the Royal Tombs in Egypt through non-contact digital recording and the production of exact facsimiles. The facsimile of the funerary chamber of Tutankhamun (visitable since 2014 at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings) and the future installation of the facsimile of the Tomb of Seti I offer an answer to the question of sustainable tourism, as they join the opportunity to visit a monument with the responsibility of preserving it for the future. 

Carlos Bayod Lucini presenting the work of Factum Foundation

MAST, Bologna: 29 November, 2022

The digital mediation process reinvents the way objects are conceived, shaped and interacted with by creating connections between new technologies and craftsmanship that result in innovative artworks, exhibitions and reproductions. 

Introduced by Francesco Zanot, Adam Lowe presented the role of facsimiles and visual reproduction in the contemporary art world. 

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The Centennial Tutankhamun Conference - ARCE
Luxor: 4-6 November, 2022

100 years after the discovery of Tutankhamun, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organised a conference in Luxor. It was connected to the re-opening of Carter House following a restoration led by Nicholas Warner, director of ARCE.

Adam Lowe talked at the conference and Osama Dawod, Aliaa Ismail and Abdo Ghaba demonstrated a VR experience introduced as a new initiative, developed with the US Embassy in Cairo to show how high-resolution recording can not only help to preserve the Theban Necropolis, but also inspire local school children. We are talking with the GEM, the Swiss Embassy and other organisations about ways to help with the preservation of Egypt’s antiquities. Announcements will be made soon. 

12th Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Leather and Related Materials Working Group
12th-13th September 2022

Adam Lowe was invited to participate at the 12th Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Leather and Related Materials Working Group, on October 13th, to present the work carried out to recreate the leather wall hanging for Palazzo Te. 

Shaded render and colour of a detail from the leather wall hanging for Palazzo Te © Factum Foundation

The Bronze Effigy of Michelangelo by Daniele da Volterra
21st February 2022

The study day inside the Gallerie dell'Accademia © Adam Lowe

Daniele da Volterra, a close collaborator and friend of Michelangelo, inherited the house of the artist in Rome after his death. In two years, he produced a number of bronze casts of the Renaissance master, which are often thought to have derived from Michelangelo’s deathmask.

The exhibition 'The Bronze Effigy of Michelangelo by Daniele da Volterra' (15 February - 19 June, 2022), curated by Cecilie Hollberg at the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Florence, reunites nine bronze busts from various collections around the world, for the first time. Direct comparison has revealed both similarities and differences, and much debate still surrounds the 'genealogy' between the different casts: it is hoped that the exhibition will focus the debate and produce some informed responses.

Adam Lowe and Voula Natsi participated as speakers in the conference and study day organised by the Gallerie dell'Accademia to present theories and results.

Symposium at the Cleveland Museum of Art
December 2021

Adam Lowe was a keynote speaker at the 47th Annual Cleveland Symposium by Case Western Reserve University, centered on the topic “Aura: Authenticity, Experience, and Art”, hosted at the Cleveland Museum of Art on November 12.

AOA - ARCHiVe Online Academy
13th, 14th, 27th, 28th October; 4th, 18th November

The course Three-dimensional digitization, entirely curated by Factum Foundation at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini as part of the AOA ARCHiVe Online Academy 2021, wanted to expand and deepen into the concepts and practices of 3D digitisation for cultural heritage. Two types of lessons were presented in six different days: classes focussing on theoretical aspects and case studies and workshops demonstrating the application of a particular technology that has been discussed in the previous class.

You can find the details of each class here and watch the classes for free on Youtube.

Digitising the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
AOA - ARCHiVe Online Academy
27th September 2021

As part of the Fondazione Cini’s 70th anniversary celebrations, a special lecture on September 27 (4:30-6:30 PM CET) was held by Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, and Frédéric Kaplan from EPFL, presenting the project to digitise the entire island of San Giorgio Maggiore started in 2020. 

The Giorgio Cini Foundation, within the ARCHiVe project, presents for 2021 an online training program of 30 lessons divided into 4 thematic areas and a special presentation dedicated to the digitisation of the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Foundation.

FECIT ('Fake-it'): The dynamic relationship between making, preserving and sharing
Photo London
23rd September 2021

A panel discussion with Adam Lowe, Director of Factum Arte and founder of Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Preservation, Autonomous Systems Architect Phil Harvey and Professor Sarah Kenderdine, whose researches are at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

Photography evolved over a period of almost 200 years into something that people more or less understood. Since the arrival of digital imaging, its identity is far from clear. Mediation and transformation are the two keywords as ideas take diverse forms – both material and ephemeral. The ability to digitize objects and images in high-resolution using a diverse assortment of 3D and multispectral systems blur the line between the original and the authentic, the past and the present. Electricity is required for all stages of the input and output. The talk considered the relationship between image and surface with a focus on elevated printing systems. It reflected on different display technologies and the way they are shaping what we see, how we experience and what we create. The emergence of archives as both repositories and creative resources places stress on the quality and quantity of the data and the role of Machine Learning to help navigate an increasingly confusing territory.

This talk was part of the Talks Programme curated by William A. Ewing for Photo London Fair 2021.

The 15th International Alvar Aalto Symposium: Future of the Industry
Jyväskylä, Finland

12th – 13th August 2021

The 15th International Alvar Aalto Symposium – Future of Industry (August 12-13 2021), focussed on the current challenges of the spaces and milieus of the history, present and future manufacturing industry. Charlotte Skene Catling and Adam Lowe presented the AALTOSIILO as keynote speakers in this event organised by the Alvar Aalto Academy together with the City of Jyväskylä and several other partners. The 2-day programme included besides speeches and conversations, architectural excursions, exhibitions and various public events.

Toledo Workshop
on Artificial Intelligence, Technological Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

18th – 19th June 2021

From the 18th-19th June 2021, a symposium was held to discuss the use and application of advanced technologies in conflict and peacebuilding contexts. Organized by the Instituto de Resolución de Conflictos de la Universidad de Castilla la Mancha (UCLM) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in collaboration with the Factum Foundation, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CITPax, the symposium called upon field experts, AI experts, diplomats, and academics from Spain and beyond to offer insight into the advancement of technology and its potential use for application in the field of mediation.

This symposium provided a platform for diplomats, academics, private sector individuals, preservation specialists and mediators to assemble and discuss their respective areas of research to address both the negative side of machine learning and AI applied in conflict situations as well as the tools facilitating peacebuilding processes, assisting in developing deeper understanding.

From the discussions held, the participants to the symposium established the ‘Toledo Declaration’, outlining eleven guidelines to form a European Initiative for ‘Technology diplomacy and Artificial Intelligence for conflict prevention and mediation’ endorsed by many partners including: Michael Keating (Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace), Adam Lowe (Founder of the Factum Foundation), Ramon Blecua (Ambassador at Large for Mediation and Intercultural Dialogue), Carmelo Angulo (Angulo Barturen Diplomacia Corporativa), Asunción Gómez (VP Research at UPM) and Sultan Barakat (Director at the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, Doha Institute) among others.

Curatorial Conversations
The Warburg Institute

19 November 2020

On 19th November, Michelle O’Malley from the Warburg Institute talked with Ana Debenedetti and Adam Lowe about the recording of Raphael’s Cartoons at the V&A in August 2019.

While the discussion focused on Raphael, it also looked more generally at the role of digital recording in light of the museum closures and the restrictions caused by COVID-19. High-resolution recording, display and rematerialisation technologies have serious implications for the study, display and dissemination of works of art - both online and offline access will be increasingly important in providing access to culture.

You can watch the conversation on The Warburg Institute's Youtube channel.

A series of online discussions about
in collaboration with The Art Newspaper and Il Giornale dell'Arte

1, 2, 3 May 2020

At a time when we are all being forced to think hard about what we value, how, and why, Factum Foundation and The Art Newspaper have launched a series of discussions on the role of digital technologies in the preservation of cultural heritage. The three, 80-minute, online discussions brought together contributors to Factum Foundation’s new book, The Aura in The Age of Digital Materiality – Rethinking Preservation in the Shadow of an Uncertain Future, 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.

The discussions are available to watch here


ArtTech Forum 2019, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
September 2019

On 24th September, Adam Lowe spoke about the ARCHiVe initiative at the 2019 ArtTech Forum. The objective of the forum is to bring together an international community of scientists, engineers, analysts, investors and representatives of the vast field of arts and culture, incubating debate and discussion on the links between technologies, heritage preservation and the archiving of historical data.

The title of Adam Lowe's talk was ‘ARCHiVe - Digital Artisans in Interesting Times’.

Adam Lowe and Charlotte Skene Catling at Spencer House:
Madame de Pompadour in the Frame
"The Three R's": Recording, Restoring & Resurrecting

September 2019

On 23rd September, Adam Lowe and Charlotte Skene Catling were in conversation with Jonathan Jones at Spencer House to discuss the exhibition Madame de Pompadour in the Frame, on show until Spring 2020 at Waddesdon Manor, and to explore in more detail themes and possibilities arising from Factum Foundation’s facsimiles and recreations of artworks.

The wide-ranging discussion covered recording projects from Luxor to Nigeria, the digital restoration of damaged objects, and the extent to which digital technology can be used to ‘resurrect’ lost or destroyed artworks.

Audience members also had the opportunity to compare the original and facsimile of Boucher’s small portrait of Madame de Pompadour, which had been brought up from the exhibition at Waddesdon for the occasion.

2019 Fitch Colloquium: Record / Replay
Data, Technology and Experimental Preservation

February 2019 

Can digital technologies for capturing and reproducing reality deepen our understanding and enrich our experience of built heritage? Can these new technologies not only improve the daily practice of preservation but effectively inform a new paradigm of cultural heritage? The 2019 Fitch Colloquium aimed to explore the future of Historic Preservation through the lens of experimental approaches to digital documentation, analysis, interpretation, archiving, sharing, visualisation and re-materialisation of data.

The symposium examined cutting-edge processes involving the development and application of digital tools to projects of all scales, including high-resolution 3D scanning, gaming, computer-based visual pattern recognition, blockchain encryption, behavioural geo-tracking or interactive projection mapping among others. Carlos Bayod Lucini, head of Factum´s Lucida 3D Scanning department and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, focused on the application of non-contact and non-invasive 3D recording methods as a new approach to the preservation of cultural heritage.

Factum Foundation at the Protecting the Past Conference
December 2018

The Cultural Heritage of the MENA region, composed of thousands of documented and un-documented archaeological sites, is at stake due to looting, inundations caused by dam construction, development and expanding agriculture.

On December 6th, the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA) Project, invited Factum Foundation's director Adam Lowe and photogrammetry specialist Otto Lowe, to talk jointly with Art Jameel and the Royal Commission of Al Ula at the Protecting the Past Conference. The three institutions discussed the importance of digital recording in cultural heritage preservation as well as their new common project.

This new initiative, generously funded by Jacob Rothschild Foundation is a series of training programs, the first of which ran this past October, 2018 in Al Ula with sixteen local Saudis who received training in data capture and processing, before putting their newly acquired skills to use, recording at three sites. This pilot session resulted in the successful capturing of 74,000 images and over 1.29TB of data.

Carlos Bayod Lucini's talk starts at 1:39:12:

Replicas in the Histories of Art and Science: Adam Lowe and Simon Schaffer
November 2018

This event was part of the ‘Re-‘ Network; a series of talks across the 2018-19 academic that are hosted at Cambridge University's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. These seminars hosted by various academics aims to explore three different 'Re-' topics, resources, repetition, and reproduction; this installment, entitled Beyond Originals and Copies, focused on the latter and was led by Factum Arte director Adam Lowe alongside Simon Schaffer, professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge. 

The series of talks is convened by Clare Foster, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at CRASSH, Cambridge; and Margherita Laera, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

More information on the talks can be found here, whilst a piece written by Foster in response to the talk and the work of Factum Arte can be read here.

Paolina Borghese and the 18th century tombstone from Kala-Koreysh at the V&A's Cast Courts
December 2018

The Cast Courts at the V&A reopened this November following a long refurbishment. When they opened in 1873, their purpose was to display accurate copies of architectural and sculptural masterpieces from around the world. The cast copies were instrumental in 19th century art education and are now regarded as important objects in their own right. Over the course of the 20th century the casts also acquired significant conservation value when a number of the original objects were lost or damaged - for example, Trajan’s Column in Rome has suffered from the corrosive effects of pollution. However, cast making itself has long been considered a destructive technique and in the 21st century new non-contact technologies are finding their way into the Cast Courts.

For the reopening of the galleries, Factum Foundation, in collaboration with the Peri Foundation and with the support of the Dagestan Aul Museum Complex (Makhachkala), has created a copy of an 18th century tombstone from the remote mountain village of Kala-Koreysh, Dagestan. The tombstone was recorded using photogrammetry – a photographic 3D recording technique that can result in high-resolution data – and digitally carved in limestone to produce a beautiful object with material correspondence to the original.

On this same occasion, three statues created by Factum Arte, resulting from the recording of Antonio Canova's 'Paolina Borghese as Venus Victrix' in 2013, have been officially unveiled. Whilst the bright white edition is a 3D stereolithographic printed resin painted white, the other two versions were both cast glass and plaster using moulds produced directly from a 3D print, and will permanently form part of the historical collection.

© courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Symposium at the Cleveland Museum of Art
September 2018

An exploration of the birth, lives, and afterlives of objects. The Case Western Reserve University hosted interdisciplinary conversations about how we interpret impermanence and what it means to our communities through works of art. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Department of Art History and Art, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Cleveland Museum of Art. On this occasion, Adam Lowe gave the talk "Digital Archiving and Re-Materialisation: The Past in the present" on September 26.

Lecture: Classic Timeless sculpture, the eternity of glass
September 2018

On 13 Sept., Gabriella Belli, overall Director of the Venice Municipal Museums network, was in conversation with Factum Arte's director Adam Lowe and Giberto Arrivabene, glass designer, who has adapted the age-old techniques of lost-wax casting to create glass replicas of the masterpieces of the past.

The question of historic and modern copying was also explored in a special project – A World of Fragile Parts – curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum, at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Learn more.

Images courtesy of GIBERTO with Fond. Musei Civici di Venezia

Masterpiece London Art Fair 2018
June 2018

From 28 June to 4 July 2018, Factum Arte returned to Masterpiece London to display art productions made in collaboration with a selection of artists and galleries. Alongside this, Factum Arte was awarded with the 2018 Masterpiece Presents Commission. The additional stand exhibited Marina Abramovic's sculptural artworks in a cutting-edge display designed by the award-winning, London and Madrid based architectural practice Skene Catling de La Peña. During the event in the Lecture Theatre, Adam Lowe gave the talk Making Articulate Objects: Digital Mediation & Transformation.

Conference at The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
June 2018

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, the Fundación Gondra Barandiarán and the Universidad de Deusto presented the first edition of the summer course "Museographies. Ways of seeing art". Taking place on June 29, this 3-day course offered an intensive academic programme directed by Miguel Zugaza. Its principal aim is to analyse different issues relating to new trends in current museography, a term used in this context to encompass the group of practices and new narratives – or "ways of seeing", to cite John Berger's phrase from his celebrated essay – which are employed in museums in their role as spaces for the conservation, display, study and dissemination of cultural goods. On 29 June, Adam Lowe, founder of the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Preservation was present for the talk: Applying Technology: Preserving the Past… Informing the Present.

June 2018

Last year, Factum Foundation was part of the The Reproduction of Art and Cultural Heritage Project (ReACH) initiative by the V&A in partnership with the Peri Charitable Foundation, launched at UNESCO in May 2017.

Factum Foundation is a member of the core research group whose undertaking resulted in the signing of a declaration at the V&A on 8th December 2017 in London. The new Declaration has been signed by 20 major museums and foundations invested in the use of digital technology to preserve, protect and distribute our shared cultural heritage. As part of the Research Partners board, Adam Lowe gave a talk on 22nd June at the Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris.

Berkeley Symposium: The Past is Present
April 2018

With rapid advances in modern documentation and interpretive technologies such as scanning, visualization, and Virtual and Augmented Reality, how must our study of the past and its material legacy adapt? The Past is Present is an interdisciplinary event bringing together scholars, students, technology innovators, and cultural heritage workers in conversation about new methods and tools which are shaping their work. The symposium on April 5th will feature scholarly presentations on topics such as Documenting Archaeology and Architecture; Accessing history through Drawings, Plans, Casts, and Copies; and Academic, Public, and Pedagogical Priorities for the 21st Century.

Adam Lowe presents the Scanning Seti
October 2017

Adam Lowe presented the exhibition "Scanning Seti. The Regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb" at the Antikenmuseum Basel on October 28th, 2017. He explains the processes and vision that animated his exhibition design.

ReACH Symposium

Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, introduced Adam Lowe talk "Recording, Archiving and Replication of Cultural Heritage" at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington. This public talk was part of ReACH, an initiative promoted by the V&A and the Peri Foundation to look at digital recording and replication 150 years after Henry Cole´s Convention.

Conference: "Copiare l’arte: un altro tipo di capolavori"

Guendalina Damone presented the work of Factum Arte and Factum Foundation at the Wired Next Festival in Milan in May 2017.

¨Smart Culture¨ Conference in Madrid
April 2017

Factum Arte´s Carlos Bayod spoke at the Cultura Inteligente: Nuevas Tecnologías Digitales para el Sector Cultural conference at the Fundación Telefónica. The conference focused on the latest technologies for heritage preservation. Carlos Bayod discussed the 3D recording systems developed and used at Factum Arte, particularly the Lucida 3D Scanner, photogrammetry, and their uses for digital restoration. Click here to watch a video of the conference.

Carlos Bayod speaking at the conference Smart Culture

Adam Lowe speaks at the PriArc workshop Images of Egypt
January 2017

Adam Lowe and Tarek Waly discussed Hassan Fathy´s legacy as well as an exciting project to revitalise the mudbrick building tradition that inspired his approach to architecture at the conference Images of Egypt Printing the Past. Architecture, Print Culture, and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe. They presented the restoration of Stoppelaëre House and its refurbishment as a 3D scanning, archiving and training centre on February 17th 2017. Hassan Fathy´s Village in Gourna is in poor condition and needs a concerted effort to save it. The Oslo School of Architecture and Design is running a project to focus the attention on Fathy important work.

Art, Maps and the World conference at the British Library, London
January 2017

On January 12 2017, Adam Lowe, director of Factum Arte, historian Jerry Brotton, and leading artist Grayson Perry, participated in a conference on maps, art and technology at the British Library in London. Lowe and Brotton have collaborated extensively on many projects - among these, they have re-envisaged the Hereford Mappa Mundi as a 3D facsimile, and have used digital data of the ocean’s floor to create a different take on the world map in Terraforming. Both Lowe and Brotton have also worked with Grayson Perry, who often refers to maps in his tapestries and ceramics.

Adam Lowe at the 5th Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum
December 2016

The 5th Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum (1-3 December 2016) gathers Russian and international representatives from the cultural sector for a series of public and professional discussions and events, bringing the latest projects, ideas and technologies to the fore. Adam Lowe presented on originality and authenticity in the context of recording and rematerialising cultural heritage. His talk took place within a framework, provided by the Ziyavudin Magomedov Charitable Peri Foundation, focussed on demonstrating the positive role that three-dimensional records and displays can have within traditional museological practices. Bill Sherman, Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and William Owen, from Made by Many talked in the same section.

Image (left to right): Polina Filippova, CEO of the Peri Foundation; Ilya Doronchenkov, Dean of the History of Art Department in the European University of St Petersburg; Bill Sherman, Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum; Adam Lowe, Director of Factum Arte & Founder of the Factum Foundation; William Owen, CSO of Made by Many; Makach Musaev, Director of the Institute of History, Archaeology & Ethnography in Daghestan.

The Beyond Caravaggio conference at the National Gallery, London
November 2016

Director of Factum Arte, Adam Lowe, was invited to take part in the Beyond Caravaggio conference which took place at the National Gallery in London on November 17th. Adam Lowe focused his talk on Factum Arte´s recreation of Caravaggio´s Nativity with Saint Francis and Saint Lawrence. The painting, stolen in 1969 from the Oratorio di San Lorenzo at the heart of Palermo, was given back to the people of Palermo in 2015 in the form of a reproduction made from a single image of the original before it was stolen.

Adam Lowe hosts Columbia University´s roundtable discussion
October 2016

A roundtable discussion hosted by Adam Lowe - director of Factum Arte & founder of the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Preservation - was held at Columbia University on October 27th. Lowe was joined by Lisa Ackerman (Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of World Monuments Fund), Dietmar Offenhuber (Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art & Design and Public Policy), Roger Michel (Executive Director of the Oxford University based Institute for Digital Archaeology) and Holly Rushmeier (Professor of Computer Science at Yale University). The debate raised a great number of issues pertinent to the modern approach to the preservation of cultural heritage through the application of non-contact and non-invasive 3D recording methods across the world. Lowe was made professor at Columbia University last March where he teaches the Heritage Preservation Program at the Advanced Technology Studio with head of Factum´s Lucida 3D Scanning department, Carlos Bayod.

Looking to the Future: New Generation, New Technology, New Approaches- Adam Lowe speaks at the U.S. Institute of Peace
October 2016

Director of Factum Arte & founder of the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Preservation, Adam Lowe, was invited to take part in a discussion on the importance of three-dimensional documentation of cultural heritage sites around the world. The symposium, which took place at the U.S. Institute of Peace, gathered scholars, museum professionals and policymakers to explore what we have learned from recent wars about the role of cultural heritage. The day-long symposium aimed to improve the public´s understanding of how cultural heritage initiatives can contribute to peace: how such initiatives can work to empower marginalized women and communities, how they can strengthen the reconciliation, civic engagement and economic bases needed to build peace in the shadow of violent conflicts and so on. Lowe focused his talk on the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative, specifically on the work Factum´s Foundation is carrying out at Stoppelaere´s House. Funding for this symposium, and for the Smithsonian exhibition was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development and took place on October 24th.

Aliaa Ismail lecturing at the American University in Cairo
September 2016

In September, the Egyptology department at the American University in Cairo invited Factum Arte’s Aliaa Ismail (on-site project manager for the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative to give a lecture on Factum Foundation’s passion, dedication and expertise in the field of preservation of cultural heritage through the application of digital technology. In her lecture: From Madrid to Seti: A Journey of Heritage and Technology, Aliaa discussed the Foundation´s work in Luxor, recounting her own involvement and journey in the digitisation of the tomb of Seti I: from the building of a 3D scanner, to its use in the tomb, to its impact on the local community. The talk was centered around the recording systems employed in the project, and the possibilities, both human and economic, that may arise when digital technology meets preservation of historically and culturally significant sites. Aliaa Ismail also communicated Factum Foundation´s work at Stoppelaere´s House, an initiative that will see a disused building turn into a new training centre for locals to be trained to record their own heritage, which will be achieved using 3D scanning technologies, particularly the Lucida 3D scanner which has been built at Factum Arte according to Manuel Franquelo´s design.
This program has grabbed the attention of many of the students and their responses to the lecture has been overwhelming positive.

Adam Lowe appointed Adjunct Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University
March 2016

Adam Lowe has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University's GSAPP in New York. Together with Factum Arte's Carlos Bayod, he is teaching the Advanced Technology Studio in Autumn 2016 for the Masters programme on Historic Preservation.
The approach to the application of digital technology to art and architecture preservation in this Studio is both theoretical and practical. It aims to provide the students with the knowledge and tools to understand the potential of high resolution recording. The course is structured in four complementary blocks: surface 3D scanning (Lucida); multilayered files; photogrammetry and 3D processing; digital restoration.
The digital remaking of the hermitage of San Baudelio has been proposed as a case study to put in practice the skills learned during the course. The paintings that were removed from the church and are now at the Met Cloisters were recorded with the students, thanks to the collaboration between the Factum Foundation, The Metropolitan Museum and Columbia University. The course trip brought the students to Spain, to carry out field work on the hermitage, recording in 3D the interior with various systems.
One of the most relevant outcomes of this research will be to establish a direct comparison between one of the paintings in New York and the wall´s surface at the hermitage where it once belonged.

100 members of the ‘Friends of the Israel Museum’ visiting Factum Arte in Madrid
February 2016

Factum Arte was joined by 100 members of the ‘Friends of the Israel Museum’ association on Saturday 6th of February 2016. The visit was organised as part of their involvement in the Israel Museum International Executive Committee, whose meetings took place in Madrid.

Adam Lowe at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris
January 2016

Adam Lowe speaking at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris together with archaeologists Michel al-Maqdissi and Ali Cheikhmous

On the 14th of January 2016 the Musée Quai Branly held the conference Le rôle des archéologues et les moyens technologiques which took the form of a dialogue between Adam Lowe and Syrian archaeologists Michel al-Maqdissi and Ali Cheikhmous, who have been working to safeguard and preserve Syria’s archaeological heritage. The conversation covered many aspects of the protection of heritage and the application of technology. It was a very sad evening full of shocking images and stories - but there were seeds of optimism and some themes started to emerge which could lead to positive actions: What kind of recording is needed? Where is it needed? How should it be funded? How should funds be allocated? Is the rebuilding of destroyed sites a meaningful form of preservation? How do archaeologists get access to the funds that are urgently needed after a war is over and before the rebuilding of cities like Aleppo begins? The debate has begun and the results will bear witness to the decisions that are made. It is possible to do something meaningful. Factum Arte’s 3D scanning and facsimiles are evidence of the positive impact technology can have on the conservation of endangered heritage.

Adam Lowe talking at the 2and3D Photography conference at The Rijksmuseum
April 2015

Adam Lowe talking at the 2and3D Photography conference at Rijksmuseum, 15–16 April 2015

Adam Lowe's talk at the Fitch Colloquium at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture (GSAPP), New York
October 2014

Carlos Bayod, Factum Arte's head of 3D laser scanning, lecturing at the CyArk 500 Annual Summit
October 2014

The event, which took place at Washington's National Archives Building, was hosted by CyArk, a non-for-profit organization devoted to the long range 3D documentation of heritage sites. Whereas the work carried out by CyArk and its partners puts the focus on mid- and long-range 3D laser scanning of buildings and monuments as a way to preserve and disseminate them 'virtually', Carlos introduced Factum Foundation's approach to the conservation of works of art through high resolution short-range recording. This approach is possible thanks to the Lucida 3D scanner, the system designed and developed by the artist Manuel Franquelo and built for the Factum Foundation to record the surface of paintings and shallow-relief objects with their colour, tone, brilliance and material.

Carlos described Factum Foundation's dedication to creating permanent, precise records of the surface of important objects, scanning their texture so that the object is digitally held in such a way as it can be used for research, for pre-intervention analysis and to monitor any changes in their surface and so that the raw files can be carried to future generations. This technique also allows, when appropriate, to physically re-materialize the objects in a way that they can be re-created in the form of exact facsimiles to actively help in their preservation. As was pointed out by CyArk's founders Ben and Barbara Kacyra following Carlos' presentation, "Lucida's short-range 3D scanning makes it possible to obtain such useful information out of surfaces that for us are just flat".

TEDxMadrid 2014 / Verdadero-Falso Matadero, Madrid: "Facsimiles: la originalidad como proceso"
September 2014

SPEAP (Programme d'experimentation en arts e politique) studio visit programme to Factum Arte.
March, 2013

SPEAP (Programme d'experimentation en arts e politique) studio visit programme to Factum Arte. March, 2013.

Conference at Tudela's Cathedral
February 2013

Conference at Tudela's Cathedral, February 2013.

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