02/11/2015 - Leerstoel Casterman-Hamers: Salon with Simon Schaffer and Adam Lowe


2 Nov 2015

Bozar, Terarkenzaal, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel

When it comes to the arts, what do notions such as ‘original’ and ‘reproduction’ actually mean in today’s world? The British artist Adam Lowe reconstructs the origins of works of art by Paolo Veronese and Giovanni Battista Piranesi by making 3D-printed reproductions. He investigates the history of an original work of art by looking at its exact copy. In this era of digital reproduction, the issue of whether a painting is an original or a copy is neither here nor there to Lowe. In turn, Simon Schaffer, Professor of the History of Science at the University of Cambridge, takes a closer look at the difference between synthetic and natural objects.



19.30h.: Welcome by Paul Dujardin
19.45h.: Short presentation of case by Adam Lowe
20.00h.: Short response by Simon Schaffer
20.15h.: Discussion with both invited speakers, and with Paul Dujardin (CEO Bozar), Luc Tuymans (artist) and Anne van Grevenstein (emeritus Amsterdam University and coordinator restoration of Lam Gods by the Van Eyck brothers) on how replicas change the way we exhibit, manage, experience and preserve works of art. Followed by Q&A




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Bios / Slides

Simon Schaffer is a Professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK. He has been a Fellow of Darwin College since 1985. Until recently he was editor of The British Journal for the History of Science. His research interests include the history of physical science and the social history of science. In July 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy. Schaffer was jointly awarded the Erasmus Prize in 2005 for the book Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle and the Experimental Life, which he co-authored with Steven Shapin. In 2004, he presented a series of documentaries for the BBC about light and the history of its study and knowledge.

Adam Lowe created the multi-disciplinary workshop Factum Arte in Madrid in 2000. He founded the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation in 2007. The projects he is directing are diverse and are redefining the relationship between originality and authenticity. An exact facsímile of the burial chamber of Tutankhamun was recently installed next to Carter’s house at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings. It has triggered a vast amount of media and popular interest. This approach to both monitoring the condition of ‘at risk’ sites and to creating exact copies is transforming heritage management and transferring skills and technologies to local teams. Lowe has worked with many institutions and museums including the National Gallery (London), the Museo del Prado (Madrid), the Musée du Louvre, the Vatican Museums, Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice), the Church of San Petronio (Bologna), the Royal Collection, Sir John Soane’s Museum (London) and many other public and private institutions. He is currently working on a monument for the Anthropocene Epoch, an exhibition about the C16th goldsmith Wenzel Jamnitzer and the application of a purpose-built 3D laser scanner to record the surface of paintings.