Talk / 6 September 2016


Digital Technology in Art and Conservation

This event took place on

Tuesday 6 September 2016, 6.30pm

The Building Centre

26 Store Street, London WC1



Adam Lowe, Factum Arte and Factum Foundation


This is a rare opportunity to hear Adam Lowe describe the work of Factum Arte and the not for profit Factum Foundation, which he founded.


Based in Madrid, London and Milan, Factum Arte consists of a team of artists, technicians and conservators dedicated to digital mediation - both in the production of works for contemporary artists and in the production of facsimiles as part of a coherent approach to preservation and dissemination. This has lead to a series of significant works, particularly in at-risk parts of the world, including the construction of a 1:1 facsimile of the burial chamber of Tutankhamun at the entrance of The Valley of The Kings - indistinguishable from the original.


In his talk Adam will discuss the different scanning, production and 3D fabrication technologies employed by Factum Arte as well as several projects using 3D technologies. As leading exponents of high resolution scanning and 3D photogrammetry, the company is breaking new ground in recording precise detail that in turn allows the reproduction of works in a variety of media for a huge range of purposes of interest to the Engineer, Architect and Archaeologist alike..


Their work raises a whole range of philosophical questions about reproduction and reality, fabrication and the nature of art and artefact. The talk coincides with a 10 day exhibition at the Royal Academy where the Veronica Chorographic scanner, built by Factum Arte in their workshop in Madrid, will be making live 3D head scans - a few of which will be CNC routed into wooden busts by 7-axis robot.


Introduced by Peter Laidler of Structure Workshop.


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A seven metre tall metal cast of a 500 year old olive tree and its complete root structure now hanging in the

Gallerie Vittore Emilio in Milan.