Outdoor Festival – Interview w/ Tony Cheung, Quiet Ensemble and Mathieu Tremblin

Outdoor Festival – Interview w/ Tony Cheung, Quiet Ensemble and Mathieu Tremblin

Aurora Alma Bartiromo · 6 years ago · Art

Our five questions keep on spreading through the artists of the Outdoor Festival 2018.
Other 3 of them (actually 4) are ready on the starting line.
Ready? 3,2,1 go!

Tell me five words you love and five you hate.

Tony Cheung: Usually I don’t hate or love some specific words, they are just tools for human being, but I kind of dislike terms as ”positive energy” or “healthy mind/thought”. The words I like: communication, possibility, exchange, pleasure, pain.

Quiet Ensemble – Fabio Di Salvo: The words I love the most, considering both the meaning and the sound, are: Polyphonic, Essai, Labile, Glossing Over, Pajama. I don’t like: Banned (in Italian: Interdetto), Conventional, Stratagem, Artifact, Whatchamacallit (in Italian: Vattelapesca).  

Quiet Ensemble – Bernardo Vercelli: Fruit, Chloro, Mango, Clay, Crystal. The five I can’t stand are words and expressions: Home-made, Photo Opportunity, Roll!, Studio Visit, LoL.

Mathieu Tremblin: <3 Urbanity, Nomadism, Humility, Curiosity, Empathy. 8 Domination, Profit, Competition, Spectacle, Vainglory.

What is the best thing about the city you came from?

Tony Cheung: The food. Cantonese food is absolutely exquisite and unbelievable.

Quiet Ensemble – Fabio Di Salvo: My city is Naples and the best thing about it is certainly the sea. It’s the thing I miss you the most here in Roma, the city where I live in. 

Quiet Ensemble – Bernardo Vercelli: Countryside, sunflowers’ fields, the riverbed and the abandoned mill.

Mathieu Tremblin: The favourite city I lived in is Arles: lack of control was and still is the main interesting thing. People let it go. And the fact that power is not constraining you to do anything but actually let you take your own responsibility is a motor for getting involved in common good.

How and When did you start “making art”?

Tony Cheung: My art career started while I was in college with a book design course in which I drawn lots of illustrations with these freaky characters playing around, and then I put them altogether into a book. After my graduation I made some merchandises out of those illustrations, like phone cases, postcards and shirts, selling them in the art&design market. The feedback was really good, my works amused and shocked some people. So I’ve abandoned merchandise stuff and I started working on lots of new ideas and cool works. The turning point has been my participation to Crack! Festival (2013). It was a total mind blowing, was the first time I realized it’s not important what kind of media you work with or how well known you are, what matters is the passion and a kind of utopian pure idealism about art, as long as the critical thinking. These European artists’ works not only inspired me, but also granted me sense of confidence, joining this big family as an underground artist. Then I had tried so many different medias and subjects: porcelain, Chinese painting and acrylic. In 2017, I had my first solo exhibition in Rome at Nero Gallery.

Quiet Ensemble – Fabio Di Salvo: “Making Art” is an abstract concept, I don’t know if I’m making art or if I never did, I’ve always tried to satisfy my curiosity and to transmit to the others the results of my searching, halfway between the conceptual and my interiority.

Quiet Ensemble – Bernardo Vercelli: I don’t there was a moment when “I started”, I think is easy to get lost.

Mathieu Tremblin: I assumed I was doing art when I suddenly realised that the urban experience I was sharing with my friends, based on urban exploration and graffiti, was leading me to a deeper understandement of everyday life interaction between citizens and the built part of the city, that any theoritical essay could ever make me felt: the power of the living.

What are you proposing here for the Outdoor Festival?

Tony Cheung: I am proposing Chemical happiness Project, which is a 7 meters long horizontal digital painting I specially did for Outdoor Festival. In this project I’ve tried to bring provocative subjects like suicide, school bullying, sexual slavery. All these elements are being captured and reproduced in a pretty subtle method and attempting to hide any social judgement and critical orientation from the vision. Meanwhile, the devision (or we can call it contradiction) between aesthetic form and content had created this ironic effect. I’ve used a “fake” Chinese landscape and a figure painting form to represent all these subjects, so that the visual impact is to look at a miniaturized diorama, that you can bring back home taking with you the fold-out reproduction of the scene you can find at the festival bookshop.

Quiet Ensemble – Fabio Di Salvo: A new installation called Prefórma. It’s a kinetics one in which we have investigated the Heritage concept, central theme of the Outdoor Festival. We have developed our interpretation, following our poetry, and presented a work showing an abstract vision of what come just before and right after the creation or the destruction of an Heritage, a reflection upon something intangible that strengthens and builds the heritage of every community. 

Quiet Ensemble – Bernardo Vercelli: A new installation, the result of a formal study on stone, on drawings on the rock, a macroscopic vision of the dust speck. A work that, through simple geometric shapes, suggests the never ending changing nature of things, a reflection upon the apparent stillness of the shapes.  

Mathieu Tremblin: Related to the topic of cultural Heritage and disobedience, I gathered a Rome stickers collection. This collection is spread among prototypes of urban furniture where some selected stickers that I pilled off and stick back are displayed, as a manner to move these from urban space to exhibition space and enhance new interactions. The selection I did is balancing in a different way the numbers of each type of stickers in presence in Rome streets: in Mattatoio, there’s only Roman slang, Serrande and Traslochi and Football supporters stickers on view—almost not art, street art, graffiti or brands stickers. The empty space between the stickers (because some categories of stickers were discarded in the process) might gives the envy to the visitors to add their own stick. That’s my way to highlight this everyday small disobedience move that stickers in urban space can be—specially in Rome right now. And also to find a way not to conserve it like fetish, but push forward its obvious logic by provoking citizens to add more stickers and to embrace sticking gesture as a form of immaterial patrimony—reenacting the energy of it instead of focusing on its artifacts.

What do you see in the future? 

Tony Cheung: I am so honored and privileged to work and live as an artist. The process of creation had provided me an exclusive way to let out my personal feeling and thought. Playing around with different aesthetic forms and ways of interpreting reality in my own vision is the thing that really enrich my life. It’s quiet hard to find the balance between artistic pursuit and the real life issues: my works are way too provocative and sometimes disturbing. The balance between these tensions, my work, the art market and the commissions I’m often involved in, the totally different experiences of art&work in Europe and in China makes me feel I’m living a kind of a double faces life, and also this is the interesting part of the game. My next move in Europe is having an exhibition in Holland and attending Crack! Festival in Rome this June. After that, me and my friends are organizing the 2nd edition of Singularity Festival in Canton (the city I live in), which is the very first underground art festival in China. I feel quiet excited about the concept of building a bridge between Eastern and Western culture through art.

Quiet Ensemble – Fabio Di Salvo: I see a faster and faster evolution of our culture and artistic products. A contamination between various disciplines that will give birth to new whole schools and new audiences. We’ll keep on searching observing and listening to everything that surrounds us. 

Quiet Ensemble – Bernardo Vercelli: Wrong choices’ results, right paths, random situations. I’m ready to be surprised, from the next 30 years and from the minute that will come right after this quote I’m writing.  

Mathieu Tremblin: More inequality and tension between the super wealthy and the casual poor that hopefully won’t lead to a total collapse of society, but will bring some balance between the aliving and stimulating part of it (the nomadic minded part of the citizens that is actually minored) and the control obsessed part of it (the land and real estate owners and city planners or governants part).

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Outdoor Festival – Interview w/ Tony Cheung, Quiet Ensemble and Mathieu Tremblin
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Has food truly conquered us?

Has food truly conquered us?

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

Over the past year, the internet seems to be obsessed with food culture, fueling a trend that is now evident even in the world of visual culture. From the Tomato Girl Summer, which many mock retrospectively, to the foodie fashion girlies, Balenciaga’s collaboration with Erewhon, and the massive success of The Bear. Food appears to be experiencing a rebirth, but in the worlds of art, photography, and design, it has always been present. Is this just a passing trend, or is it the glorification of an element that has always been part of our lives?

Un’illustrazione di Maisy Summer

From Tomato Girl Summer to the pomegranate

It was only in 2020, with lockdown recipes—does anyone remember Dalgona Coffe?—that so much talk about food emerged. On TikTok, @wishbonekitchen made us dream by showing us her life as a private chef in the Hamptons this summer. Unforgettable were her Heirloom Tomato Gallette and the garden where she harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2023, it seems to have been the summer of food not only with the release of the second season of The Bear but also with Tomato Girl Summer. On the other hand, according to Danielle Cohen on The Cut, it now seems to be the time of the pomegranate.

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Thanks to its shape and the vivid red that characterizes it, this fruit is widely recognized as a symbol of fertility in many parts of the world. But not only that, we find the pomegranate in mythology, art history, and, according to Cohen, even in the Torah. In short, fruits and vegetables seem to be largely protagonists of this rebirth, so we have collected some works and photographs by artists and photographers we have talked about in the past and more.

Browsing through our archives, we remembered Michael Crichton‘s photos and his photographic series, Conceptual Food, as well as Dan Bannino, who many years ago narrated the eating habits of the powerful. But there is also Stephanie Sarley, an artist who, with fruit fingering, challenged the way the art world has represented the female reproductive organ throughout its history.

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Why it seems not to be just a passing trend

The success of food in visual culture can be attributed to its tangible communicative power. We see and experience the colors and textures of food daily, all evocative elements of memories that we have been collecting forever. In conclusion, we can only wonder which will be the next fruit to receive all this attention, already dedicated to tomatoes and pomegranates, even before avocados and bananas.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS recently showcased Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion, a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Franco-Algerian photographer, marking his first solo exhibition in Milan. Starting from January 16, the second chapter of this exhibition opens, featuring unconventional shots infused with a street and urban soul. Additionally, there are elements of irony and sensuality that highlight Haddi’s complex personality.

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© Michel Haddi – Debbie Harry, British Vogue, London, 1994 | Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

In this second chapter, nude shots and unpublished works by Michel Haddi are presented, stemming from advertising campaigns he personally captured. The displayed photographs capture the spirit of their time, thanks to influential figures such as John Galliano or Patsy Kensit, who have played pivotal roles in the realms of fashion, cinema, and music.

Michel Haddi has the ability to portray his subjects with both irony and depth, and each of his shots tells a unique story. His life, marked by a turbulent start, has nevertheless propelled him to become one of the leading fashion photographers from the 1990s to the present day.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots
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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Collater.al Contributors · 1 month ago · Photography

A few weeks ago, the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London announced the new exhibition by Joel Meyerowitz, which opened on January 17th. We couldn’t help but talk about him, the American photographer born in New York in 1938, famous for his street photography, and recognized as one of the pioneers of color photography. The London exhibition, titled “Dialogues,” highlights this aspect effectively. Pairs of photographs engage in a dialogue concerning light, color, and composition. The pairings are chosen to investigate the development of color in the artist’s work, set within non-hierarchical and unresolved compositions.

The exhibition in London

Meyerowitz’s imagery blends a distinctly American aesthetic with a meditative approach to color. Spanning from 1964 to 2011, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour reveals Meyerowitz’s enduring interest in the sensory and evocative experiences of his surroundings. Paired with lesser-known images from the artist’s extensive archive, the exhibition features some of Meyerowitz’s most famous works, including his early street photography and images from his seminal series, Cape Light.

Joel Meyerowitz and the Color Revolution

Joel Meyerowitz is widely acknowledged as one of the first photographers, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, to bring color photography from the periphery to the center of fine art photography. Historically, where black and white photography was considered a serious medium, color was widely viewed as technically inferior and aesthetically limited, relegated to advertising campaigns, television, and personal holiday photographs. In the London exhibition, it’s interesting to trace Meyerowitz’s shift from black and white to color. On display are works from “A Question of Color,” where Meyerowitz, carrying two cameras, paired black-and-white and color prints of nearly identical scenes.

Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz

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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography
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A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Not even a week ago, Alessia Glaviano – Head of Global PhotoVogue – a guest on our Spigola podcast, reminded us that it no longer matters whether you shoot with a camera or a smartphone. What matters is the intention behind the shot, not the means. We pondered deeply on this statement, and although there was initially some skepticism, we concluded that to take a true stance on the matter, we had to try it ourselves: capturing moments solely with a smartphone, but with the same attitude we would have had with a professional camera. Xiaomi provided us with the opportunity and the means.

Almost by chance, Xiaomi presented us with a challenge: to visit a distant place and attempt to capture its uniqueness using the brand-new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. And so began our journey, short but very intense, in Bangkok.

All the promises of this new device – which, along with four others, forms the new Redmi Note 13 Series, further enriching the brand’s Redmi Note lineup – were substantial. Starting from the battery, rechargeable to 100% in just 19 minutes with a lasting capacity of days (not hours), and of course, the camera system consisting of 3 cameras, including a main 200 MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a macro camera.

We decided to put Xiaomi to the test in every moment spent in the Thai capital. The first stop was at the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple, where the goal was to capture the colors of the mosaics and decorations.


Being one of the most touristy places in the city, we encountered many people who, like us, were fascinated by the architecture of these sacred places. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G came to our aid in this moment as well. The smartphone is equipped with AI-based editing tools that, among other things, allow us to remove people who accidentally end up in our shots. You know those photos you see on Instagram of tourist spots always empty? Now you can have them too, effortlessly!

But a city is not only visited during the day; often, it comes to life at night, illuminated by a myriad of different lights. In our case, the lights were those of the legendary tuk-tuks, indispensable in a trip to Bangkok. In this case, the challenge was formidable: darkness, colored lights, movement. All the ingredients for a challenging shot were present.


Not content with just the shot, we continued to play with AI tools and added a bit more movement, some stars, many stars.

When traveling, we know very well that we are not only captivated by architecture, landscape, and glimpses, but we also focus on the faces we encounter on the streets. However, we often don’t have much time to photograph them, sometimes because they move, other times because we are the ones on the move. That’s exactly what happened to us in the characteristic Thai markets, first and foremost the Floating Market.

Reviewing the photos on the return flight and at home with friends was like reliving the journey once again, leaving no detail behind.


In Bangkok, on the occasion of the launch of the new Redmi Note 13 Series, the brand also introduced the brand-new Redmi Watch 4 and Redmi Buds 5 Pro. Visit Xiaomi’s website to discover all the features of these devices.


Photos shot on Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G

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