Outdoor Festival 2015. Here, Now. Rome, Italy

The 2015 edition will be focussing attention on concepts such space and time, elements established for an experience unique to that specific context: Here, Now. Staff and artists will be meeting to discuss the creative process in act at the former Guido Reni barracks, the place that from 2 to 31 October 2015 will host the sixth edition of OUTDOOR, the international festival devoted to urban creativity.

With a rich schedule revolving around art and music, talk and film, the festival will be a great cultural container closely tied to the place in which it is set, a place that for one month only may be visited by spectators.

OUTDOOR was created in 2010 with the intention of reinforcing the relationship between citizen and city through artistic interventions in the urban fabric. After having contributed to the characterisation of the former industrial area of Ostiense through permanent public art installations, the festival is focussing on the theme of the use of art in the processes of urban regeneration as a key allowing the public access to the dynamics of transformation affecting the territory and as a means of communication for the city on an international level.

Here, Now. Outdoor Festival 2015 – the international festival dedicated to urban creativity

Art and creativity are celebrated this year in our capital city with Outdoor 2015, the festival curated by NUfactory in 2010 in its sixth edition.

Outdoor Festival continues its reflection on the conversion of public spaces through art and music that you make becoming tool for the reactivation of abandoned places often favoring a renewed experience.

Over 70,000 square meters that will emerge as the seat of the district of the City of Science and urban regeneration project. Former Barracks was reactivated through extensive cultural program and site specific interventions of 17 local artists, national and international that animate temporarily before its final regeneration.

After five editions, more than 70 artists involved, 16,000 appearances last year in the former customs of San Lorenzo, the festival this year suggests a simple concept and strong at the same time.

In collaboration with Embassies and Cultural Institutes abroad, Outdoor Festival hosts 17 artists from 8 countries which occupy with their works 10 pavilions within the abandoned spaces of the former barracks Guido Reni.

Works ranging from abstract to 108 eclectic mix of graffiti, sculpture and video in 2501 carried out in collaboration with the Recipient and The Blind Eye Factory. From large installations of greek Vasmoulakis works of Minelli, policies yes, but at the same time introspective.

The installation of an essential geometric black and white Dutch duo Graphic Surgery, Halo Halo, with its two-dimensional mazes and the charm of the ‘work of the Norwegian Martin whatson in which the dramatic gray is broken by patches of color, in counterpoint to the colorful dolls rag Brazilian Tinho so that conducts its social messages. The spatial revolution of the Spanish Penique Productions, which called for a new conception of the place through the distortion of the same and the French graffiti Tilt remind us that the beginning of writing. The deconstruction of the urban built by Rub Kandy, Insa and its “giffiti”, multilayered images animated stop-motion, the research of the street artist Lucamaleonte which on this occasion will focus on memory and interaction design of No Idea. And finally, the Roma Pavilion, organized by the American photographer Jessica Stewart, with poetic portraits of Alice Pasquini, collages and spray fluorescent One and the dramatic figures and intense Thomas Garavini.

An extensive program of events lead the viewer to discover the cultures of the host countries including talk, cinema, food and a large selection of international music.

Outdoor plans for this edition an extension specification: along with the visual arts, music is this year co-star of the festival. Each work of the 17 artists involved is combined with the intervention of a musician called to achieve a sound installation original.

Outdoor also has three special features: the creative conference Italianism, by Renato Fountain pointing emphasis on creativity “Made by Italians”, a way to take stock of the state of the new visual scene along with Italian over one hundred professionals and artists residing in Italy and abroad, from the worlds of architecture, art direction, communication, design, photography, cartoon, graphics, illustration, tattoo and video;

Playground, the space dedicated to the hip hop culture. A Tour to discover the universe of breaking and everything revolves around you, with two exhibitions and a rich program of screenings that animates the screen of the cinema hall set up inside;

and finally Object trouvé, the archive shows that NUfactory has set up to tell the life of the barracks through objects, documents and memories of SMMEP Rome (Establishment Military Electronic Materials Precision).

Memory, forgetfulness, waiting and creation are our mode of action that relate to past and future, and that trigger through our perception of the present.

“Here, Now,” the title of this sixth edition aims to focus the reflection time and space dimensions as the last on which structure our experience.

Here and now, a place and a time limit. A unique, non-replicable, that embodies the different planes of time: the past of the barracks, the present of artistic creation and the future regeneration of the space; and a place that is not a simple container but real content.

The former barracks SMMEP (Establishment Military Electronic appliances Precision) Via Guido Reni, abandoned in the early nineties, they become the instrument through which the festival sets in motion various processes experiential: the act of transformation of space, the perception of a ‘transient action, interaction with the works themselves, the collective enjoyment of a place regenerated, the active participation of artists and classes during the workshops of Outdoor Camp.

Be present at any given time and experience of space and time in the box that is created between the bare architectural structures and works of art contained in them, you become aware of themselves engaging with the space and time through the … transformation …

Outdoor itself is constantly moving. Through the past years it has become a medium of expression and communication forms in which it transferred several artistic experiences, new languages and creative styles that have attracted more and more public interest in becoming a point of reference at national level to street art, urban art and new artistic expressions.

The choice of artists for this edition has as its foundation the desire to draw a map of the art the greatest possible, starting from street art, always essence of the festival, to reach other artistic expressions. During the festival the numerous halls of the barracks are converted into pavilions by nation in which the exhibition is articulated.

Here, now, it is a reflection on the act of artistic creation and its enjoyment.




Guido Bisagni, better known by the pseudonym 108 (Alexandria, 1978), is an artist and writer Italian. His work, mostly abstract, surreal, minimal, finds inspiration in graffiti Neolithic Europe, in the vanguard of the twentieth century and contemporary artists such as Richard Long and Stak.

2501 Recipient + + Blind Eye Factory

2501 debut as writer on trains and walls of his Milan 14 years.

At 20, the artist moved to a year in Sao Paulo, where he worked as a graphic designer and collaborates with some NGOs teaching painting to children of the favelas.

The meeting with the leaders of the school of graffiti art of South America, will give new direction to his painting technique. 2501 integrates graffiti, painting on canvas, acetate, sculpture and video.

Recipient.cc, a collective based in Milan composed of professionals whose areas of expertise vary and include multimedia communications, audio / video productions, interactive installations, design and art with knowledge of technical and operational, both artistic and commercial com’anche creative aesthetic.

Blind Eye Factory is an independent studio specializing in the production and manufacture of video and photographic content. Born in 2013 from the union of two creative Giorgio Filippini and Lorenzo Gallito, the study continues to grow thanks to the cooperation and participation of different personalities. From the beginning their choice was to specialize in art and design, especially in that of the “new Muralism” and “street art”. Blind Eye, studio artetra Rome and London, decided early to travel in the wake of the movement working with events, galleries, artists, providing its video capabilities -fotografiche.

Alexandros Vasmoulakis

Born in 1980, he lives in Athens and London where she works as a freelance. The core of his art is found in street art then widens to very large installations made with recycled materials, and to work in the studio, where he devoted himself to painting and collage-style Dadaist. His works refer to the trash art and funerary art. His interventions are commonly found outdoors, created from objects found in scrap yards or abandoned factories. Through the creation of huge sculptures, Vasmoulakis goes to study reality, coming to investigate the boundaries between life and death.

Alice Pasquini

Roman artist who works as an illustrator, set designer and painter. His “canvases” Favorites are the walls. He traveled all over the world, creating works in many cities around the world: Sydney, New York, Barcelona, Oslo, Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Marrakech, Berlin, Saigon, London and Rome. Founded in 1980, Alice graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, later lived and worked in Britain, France and Spain. In Madrid completes a course in animation at Ars animation school.

Filippo Minelli

Class ’83, contemporary artist that analyzes and research themes in areas such as architecture, politics, communication and geography using them as the basis for creating installations and performances documented through photography and video.

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Interested in landscape and public spaces engages initially in instinctive and unauthorized interventions in the early years of the millennium makes it a pioneer in Italy of what will later be found as ‘street art’, then continue a personal search based on the aesthetics of protest , bringing the policy to an anthropological and introspective decontextualizing the use of tear gas, reversing the function of the flags and borrowing the aesthetics of protest slogans.

Graphic Surgery

Through the years the work of Graphic Surgery explored the boundaries of different techniques and artistic genres while maintaining their own style, recognizable. The duo moves freely from painting murals, from videos to installations while maintaining its own system of ethical and aesthetic lines, geometric plans dominated true in particular by non-colors, white and black.

The Graphic Surgery are formed by Erris Huigens (1978) and by Gysbert Zijlstra (1978).


Class ’84, characterizes its production through the use of a two-dimensional sign language, composing in space joints labyrinthine minutely defined destined to reproduce itself potentially indefinitely.

His artistic figure thus becomes very distinctive compositions tangled, soft and well-ordered structures that seem to be pursuing, edge of a circle, thoughts that follow in possible directions.

Martin whatson

(1984), he was born and lives in Norway. Martin shows a continued urgency in the search for beauty in what is commonly seen as ugly, outdated or simply uninteresting. Seeking inspiration in people, in urban settings, in the old palaces and crumbling walls. Interest in what is dilapidated helped him to develop his own style, his own artistic figure and has helped create both the organic that the visual contrast between materials, scenarios and reasons.

His expression was born under strong political push but evolves into a more subtle study of commingling between graffiti, stencil art and maintaining a certain fascination for what is in ruins.

Penique Production

Another collective, born in Barcelona in 2007 made up of artists from different disciplines focused on a common project that is based on the idea to create ephemeral installations.

Projects of Penique provide for the creation of colored inflatable balloons that take up space almost entirely up to give those places a new identity.

The balloons, as they swell, go to gradually adapt to the specific characteristics of each place: so you go to work on the relationship between solid and void, creating a dialogue with the space that it occupies. Changing the limits, the place acquires new forms allowing the audience to experience, living it from the inside, this new, temporary, ephemeral space.

Rub Kandy

Mimmo Rubino, known as Rub Kandy, is an Italian artist, of Rome, who experiences his artistic research on multiple and different mediums. The works of Ruby are sharp and treated: great observer of the urban context through deconstructs the images and making treasure of insightful social commentary. Showing a great ability in uniting various media in a very natural, Rub Kandy also aims to eliminate the threshold between what is conventionally considered street art and more traditional practices of contemporary art, usually related to an exhibition space closed.


Graffiti artist internationally recognized, is French, Toulouse. He calls himself a “graffiti fetishist” and his first tags are made on a skateboard ramp in ’88.

His later career was influenced by long journeys; Tilt these have left their mark in the length and breadth USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Australia, India, New Zealand, Laos, Taiwan, China, Canada, the Philippines, Indonesia and other 12 countries across Europe. His focus is always to old school and wild style that allowed him to create shapes and high impact colors that capture the viewer ..


Suffering and loneliness are the emotions that arise inevitably in contact with the works of street artists Tinho, born Walter Nomura. The Brazilian artist, born in ’73, through his graffiti will, in fact, express their image of the modern world, a fact that, in his country, implies this kind of emotions.

As he himself says, his work today suits situations: when it comes to big avenues like play road accidents that represent the travel unfinished projects and unfinished; in abandoned places prefer subjects like kids with plush or rag dolls to indicate the state of solitude in which people find themselves in crowded urban settings. A continuous contrast between sweetness and cruelty, between dream and reality.

Thomas Garavini

Born in Rome in 1972, he attended the ‘Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

After graduating in set design in 1998, he worked as an assistant set designer for film and theater.

In 2003, writes The Operamara, which is staged by Deborah Pappalardo, Anastasia and Igor Bacovich Sciuto. His works range from painting to drawing, passing through graphics, sculpture and installations trans-gender.

Designs and produces events and works as a designer. In 2006 he founded ROTA-LAB, a laboratory of design and applied arts where he now works full-time.


He is an artist who lives and works in Rome since 2005. The techniques used in its production are classic street art, though his preference, from the very first experiences in the street, go to the posters, the repetition of iconic elements, collages, to decoupage and everything that has to do with the paper and its manipulation, with the street and the ephemeral with the eternal and unremitting need to wander at night burned by fire.

Accepting and discounting the lesson of Warhol, Debord and Wheel, One, through endless repetition and the frequent use of spray paint and fluorescent, plays with the advertising technology and changes sign.


Born in the UK he has started to paint at the age of 12 years to become, today, one of the most innovative and respected writer of UK.

The artist stands out for its ability to put in his works a unique mix of reality and fantasy. His works are a series of elements mixed with strong colors and bright, in a continuous creative research and experimentation. He became famous for his “Gif – ites”, animated gif created with his graffiti.

No Idea

Laboratory of digital artisans and creative deals with interaction design, creating interactive installations, designing and implementing interactive exhibition routes, emotional, multimedia exhibitions, museums, events.

It was founded in 2009 from the dream of two designers who want to revolutionize the places of culture shaping and transforming their artistic experiments in unusual environments.

Fuse art, architecture and design and contaminate them with new technology and new media to its mission, to go into that world of the border between performance, sensory spaces, immersive environments and interactive museum tours, real and virtual environment.


Year of birth 1983, Rome, where he lives and works. Start by creating posters and stickers, but soon his focus shifted on the works on canvas. The constant voltage to the completion of the stencil technique has made Lucamaleonte an artist with an unmistakable style: it is among the few in the world to use masks and paint to create multilevel stencils elaborate and sophisticated, and characterized by a superposition of several layers of color.

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