University of Bath

The Ship of Theseus: reality or reproduction?

Adam Lowe will explore the relationship between original intentions and the authenticity of any work of art.

1 Nov 20175.15pm
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1 Nov 20176.15pm
Free

Iconoclastic attacks, wars, natural disasters and theft all highlight the importance of new imaging technologies to record and replicate cultural heritage. Adam Lowe will be talking about Factum Arte, the Factum Foundation and the emergence of a new connoisseurship informed by the forensic accuracy of these technologies to reveal the biographies of objects.

The relationship between original intentions and the authenticity of any work of art is seldom simple. Jonathan Jones in the Guardian has called Factum's work "…the most important thing happening in 21st century art – because it can quite literally save civilisation". Different examples of the Factum Foundation's work, including the facsimiles of The Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Borgherini Chapel, the table of Teschen and paintings for Strawberry Hill House, will be explained and discussed.