Franz Fischnaller, IMéRA/Mucem fellow 2014-2015, has exhibited in the Festival Ars Electronica

Franz Fischnaller, Art Director, Project Managment Digital Media and interactive technology ( department) F.A.B.R.I.CATORS, and IMeRA/Mucem fellow 2014-2015 with the laboratory MAP, has exhibited in the Festival Ars Electronica ((AEC),Linz (Austria), 5 to 9 Septembre 20 2019).

Feedback onto the exposition LSF-500 – Project (LEONARDO: SHAPING THE FUTURE … 500 Years of vision).

LSF-500-YV project presentation took place the 5th and the 6th of September 2019 in the museum of ARS Electronica Center’s Deep Space 8K,an exhibit space of 16 x 9 meter wall and 16 x 9 meters of floor projection, with laser tracking and 3D 8K resolution images, on the occasion of this year (2019) that marks the quincentenary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Festival of Ars Electronica Center, (AEC), Linz, Austria.

LSF-500-YV Projectis     an   Immersive digital exhibit, showcasing Gigapixel images in 8K, up to 28350×40160 px, ever made of over fourteen Leonardo da Vinci’s works purchased by King Charles Albert in 1840. Dating from about 1488 to 1515, with a variety of subjects of different inspiration, that illustrates Leonardo’s activity, research and visions from his youth to his full maturity in the ambit of the Art, science and engineering, that belong to the collection of autograph works by Leonardo – now preserved in the Royal Library of Turin, Italy.

The  works comprise, among others: the universally renowned Portrait of an Old Man (also known as the Self Portrait of Leonardo), the Head of a Young Woman (Study for the Angel in the Virgin of the Rocks), often described as the “Mona Lisa of drawings”, the notable manuscript, Codex on the Flight of Birds (18 Pages with studies and 167 drawings), donated by Theodor Sabachnikov to King Humbert I in 1893, containing Leonardo’s drawings of flying machines, including the ornithopter, a flapping winged flying machine and the Hidden Portrait, Leonardo da Vinci’s alleged self-portrait discovered under one of the pages in the Code on the Flight of Birds.

Others  works of  Leonardo’s to be showcased in LEONARDO: SHAPING THE FUTURE are:

The nudes for The Battle of Anghiari, the preparatory drawing sheet for the Battle of Anghiari, renown wall painting designed by Leonardo in 1503 for Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Virile Head of Crowned LaurelProfile, Three Views of Bearded Head, presumed portrait of Cesare Borgia, Hercules with the Nemean Lion, probably a project for a statue of Ercole ever made, twinned with that of the David that Michelangelo created around 1500, Study of Assault Tanks Equipped with Scythes, the terrible falcati Wagons- the war machines correspond to the unbeatable weapons promised by Leonardo in his letter to Ludovico il Moro (ie. Ludovico Maria Sforza), Duke of Milan from 1494, famed as a patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists, and presided over the final and most productive stage of the Milanese Renaissance, known as the man who commissioned the Last Supper, Study of a Press, three studies of horses, one of which is a preparatory work for the “Monument to Francesco Sforza”, Insect Studies, the intriguing creation: Figure at the Fire and Flying Butterflies, with poetic commentary and Gambe virili.

This original collection, rarely shown to the public, was displayed in the Museo Reali, Turin, as part of the initiatives promoted by the Committee for the Celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo DA Vinci and the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities from the 16 of April to the 14th of August 2019 at the exhibit “LEONARDO DA VINCI – DRAWING THE FUTURE “. 

A major   aims   of LSF-500-YV Project   is to take the visitor into a holistic immersive journey of Leonardo’s prodigious polymath’s research, his style and techniques in the Art, his passion and curiosity for nature, his scientific studies and his driven engineering vision that has shaped our future, allowing us to enter in” one of the greatest minds in history”, and bringing life to his visions after 500 hundred of his death.

The digital reproductions available for the LSF-500-YV Project are articulated by a complete set of high-resolution digitized images, composting, scientific macro imaging and multi-spectral acquisition, which have been released as a result of a non invasive multi-technique investigation, expertise and scientific analysis, performed by the Central Institute for the Restoration and Conservation of the Archival and Book of Rome, ICRCPAL.

The research   conducted by ICRCPAL’s labs and interdisciplinary team of experts   took place within the framework of a project valorisation (studies, analysis and restoration) with the Royal Museum and Library of Turin, in synergy with diverse European institutions, research centres, scientific laboratories, universities, museums, companies, scholars, researchers and practitioners working across the field of Arts, Humanities, cultural heritage. In addition to experts in the field of science operating with leading edge technologies, innovative tools, methodologies and emerging techniques for the inquiry and diagnostic of ancient heritage work data documentation, analysis, methodologies and solutions to the problems of art history conservation.

Through LSF-500-YV, the  museum  audience  will   have the opportunity to see the high resolution reproductions in the scale of 8K, up to 28350×40160 pixel, pixels, combined   with scientific macro imaging and multispectral high definition, ever seen of this works, with zoom-in capabilities, enabling to enlarge and observe any portion/detail of the works (zoomed in levels) for close-up examination with high brilliance and brightness, of each detail of the works to be displayed on the 16×9 meters large projection surfaces of the Deep Space in the edition of Ars Electronica Festival 2019. The experience will be enriched by the multispectral acquisitions of Leonardo’s works, RGB and ultraviolet acquired images in addition to a play of overlays if multiple layers in high resolution, from the macrophotography to the X-radiography as   a   result of the research.

LSF-500-YV is a Digital Humanity experimental project  of  Franz Fischnaller’s interdisciplinary research entitled:“Technology and science in the Arts, Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities”;   that presents a method of cross-disciplinary  creation combining different forms of knowledge and shared practices.

The Project is   being implemented     with the   collaboration of   Musei Reali di Torino, the   Biblioteca  Reale di Torino ( the Royal Museums   and Royal Library of Turin)  where the  works  are now preserved  and the    Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali,  Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario (ICRCPAL)the Central Institute for the Restoration and Conservation of the Archival and Book of Rome, ICRCPAL, Rome , Italy.

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