Adam Lowe is an artist living and working in Madrid where he directs Factum Arte, a workshop dedicated to bridging the divide between technology and craft skills. In 2009 Adam Lowe was awarded the Microsoft prize for Les Humanaties Scientifique by Science Po (Paris) and set up The Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation dedicated to the development of new recording systems for use in conservation. Current projects include a tapestry exhibition for the Venice Biennale 2011, the construction of the Braille handrail for the Borges Labyrinth, and the construction of a revolutionary new battery operate laser scanner for ‘cultural applications’. [May 2011]

Messing About with Masterpieces: New Work by Giambattista Piranesi (1720-1778)

‘I have need of great ideas, and I believe that if I were commanded to design a new universe, I should have the folly to undertake such a thing.’ —Giambattista Piranesi

The 18th century printmaker Giambattista Piranesi is best known for his views of Rome (Vedute di Roma), those beautifully observed, deeply Romantic evocations of decrepit grandeur, and for his loose and labyrinthine invented prisons, the Carceri. Both have been hallmarks of refined, if slightly dusty, interiors for two centuries, but a recent exhibition at Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice argued for a new view of the artist as a multi-tasking globalist in tune with 21st century technological adventurism. …Read More