August 2016

As we head into the summer Factum Foundation and Factum Arte are proud to announce three major events in early September.   |


The Veronica Scanner - Live 3D Portraiture
A collaboration between Factum Foundation, the Royal Academy and the Rothschild Foundation.
The event runs between 2-10 September.
You can book a place to be scanned on the RA website!

A continuous thread in the story of visual art, from ancient Greek mythology to the rise of photography in the 19th century, is the desire to represent a subject’s true form. As part of this story, Factum’s own Veronica Scanner, which uses photogrammetry to record highly objective portraits, will be installed in the Royal Academy of Arts. It will scan around 40 members of the public per day, over 10 days, as part of a project exploring the use of photography as a tool for sculpture. In real time, some of the resulting 3D scans will be rematerailised through additive (3D printing) and subtractive (robot wood carving) processes. The users will receive a 3D model of their scan within a few days, and some data will be processed directly on site. The interactive exhibition is designed by RIBA award winning architect, Charlotte Skene Catling, and will emulate a bustling futuristic workshop. We are very gratefull to Autodesk, Capturing Reality, IMakr (MyLittleFactory) and Bartlett School of Architecture who are providing the software, printers and CNC Milling machine.


From the 6th of September Adam Lowe and Carlos Bayod start teaching and MA in Advanced Preservation Technology at Columbia University

This ambitious course is designed to deal with the practical issues involved in the application of technology in heritage preservation. The practical part of the course will involve a direct link between the Columbia University and Metropolitan Museum (Cloisters) where three panels removed from the Hermitage of San Baudelio will be scanned with Factum's Lucida Scan, and the Hermitage near Berlanga del Duero where we will be studying the surface from which they were removed. While on the East coast we will also be scanning in the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. The next phase of the work for Strawberry Hill House will be the recording of Allan Ramsey’s Portrait of Horace Walpole's Nieces: The Honorable Laura Keppel and Charlotte, Lady Huntingtower. An exact facsimile will be made and installed in the restored house in Twickenham.


On the 16th of September Mindful Hands. Masterpieces of Illumination opens at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice

This is another collaboration between the Cini Foundation, Michele de Lucchi and Factum Arte. The team from Factum Arte has made a film with Luke Tchalenko of all the stages of the reproduction of an illuminated manuscript from the killing of the goat, via the preparation of pigments to the binding of the book. We have also made a facsimile of an extraordinary prayerbook made on the instruction of Ludovico Sforza for Charles VIII of France by the workshop of Giovanni Pietro Birago. To record this tiny highly decorated work it was necessary to design and build a special book scanner. The final part of the exhibition is a display of ten vastly enlarged pages from a Martirologio from the Confraternity of Battuti Neri di Ferrara accompanied by a soundtrack by Nathaniel Mann. The music, designed to accompany the images of martyrdom is based on Padre Pelligrino Ernetti’s experiments with audio recordings of Gregorian Chants - trying to purify the sound by filtering out particular harmonics. Ernetti was a monk on San Giorgio who died in 1994.

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