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Saint Louis — Tuesday, June 25, 2019 — Fabricatorz Foundation announces O.N.G.3, the next installation of the O.N.G. (ONLY NEXT GENERATION) series, as a closing celebration of Counterpublic, a triennial hosted by The Luminary. O.N.G.3 is set for Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the venue Treffpunkt + Fellowship in St. Louis, Missouri. The event, which is free and open to the public, spans two-stories and features a mix of visual art and musical performances from Indiana-native He Valencia, Philadelphia-based BEARCAT, St. Louis resident RA Child, Venezuelan artist Dwight Portocarrero, St. Louis-based artist collective Biota, and with spatial and visual direction from St. Louis-based artist and curator, Katherine Simóne Reynolds. For Reynolds, the third installment of O.N.G. is primarily focused on otherness and “non-ness” as a point of departure in order to get into the depths of “identity.” Exploring the cavernous pockets of self and “attempting to leave behind the surface approach of identity politics.” On the main floor of the venue will feature a tranquil zone where current Counterpublic artist Cauleen Smith’s Sky Will Learn Sky is on display. Below ground, the basement exposes the underground with three experimental club sets.
“Counterpublic featured 39 national and international artists spanning 3 months in 20+ storefronts on Cherokee. There were many newly commissioned installations, performances, and talks and the project has gained international attention for its unique approach to art on a neighborhood level,” says James McAnally, co-founder of The Luminary. “O.N.G.3 closes out the first Counterpublic by bringing together participating artists along with choice selected experimental space creators O.N.G., to celebrate Counterpublic and provide context to consider what’s next.”
O.N.G.3 starts at 9:00 PM on Saturday, July 13 Information can be accessed at https://ong.gg/iii. The event is free but requires rsvp.
“The O.N.G. series brings artists and musicians together to strengthen connections between the individuals leading various electronic music and dance scenes across the globe,” says Tyler Mathews, board member of Fabricatorz Foundation, which supports the O.N.G. series.
O.N.G. launched in 2018 with an experiential party in the Cortex district featuring progressive sounds from Mexico City collective NAAFI, Eric Donte, deth_bb, Saylor, Maxwell Foley and Matt Amato, with the experience produced by Hayden Molinarolo. The art and music series is a collaboration between Red Bull and Fabricatorz Foundation to highlight emerging artists and musicians. O.N.G.2 took place on April 27, 2019 with its uniquely midwestern take on the “art happening”, which re-imagined a concert and gallery experience through an accessible club environment.
Counterpublic is a triennial public art exhibition scaled to a neighborhood. Counterpublic 2019 will bring groundbreaking contemporary art to the barbershops, bakeries, parks, and taquerias that anchor Cherokee Street and the surrounding neighborhoods of South St. Louis and act as gathering spaces for the many communities living in the area.
Donations are being accepted to continue support of local St. Louis artist community.
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Treffpunkt 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM O.N.G.3 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
About Fabricatorz Foundation
Fabricatorz Foundation is a St. Louis based non-profit supporting creative technologists and emerging cultural practitioners with community-focused initiatives that drive innovation through art, technology, and culture. The Foundation is made up of a team who have led projects for Fortune 500 companies, A-list international artists, top museums, galleries, and educational institutions around the world. https://fabricatorz.org
About The Luminary
The Luminary is a home for exceptional art that engages the pressing issues of the present. Through an active roster of exhibitions, residencies, performances, publications and gatherings, The Luminary acts as a point of convergence for diverse publics. This is accomplished through thoughtful platforms for exchange, support forward-moving art and ideas, and attempt to model a more equitable and interconnected art world as an institution of our time.
Biota is a platform for underrepresented, experimental electronic music and club culture. In addition to curating and fabricating safe, inclusive spaces for nightlife, Biota hosts a series of lectures at Venture Cafe which interface with a variety of sound and music industry related topics.
BEARCAT is a London-born, Philadelphia-based artist. She has performed all over the world, including Egypt, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Leipzig, Barcelona, Mexico City, Oakland and Chicago. She has worked as a DJ/producer, audio engineer and professional make-up artist since 2005. BEARCAT provided creative direction for live events and festivals such as Afropunk, Glastonbury, Reading and Lovebox, among others. She has also DJ’ed sets for the musicians including 21 Savage, bbymutha, CupcakKe and Caleborate. She draws from deeply personal experiences and Diaspora roots, and isn’t afraid to delve deep. Her sets are emotive musical selections as a form of therapy. Her ear guides her into creating bass-heavy uncompromising, powerful mixes that harness a symbiotic energy between the music and the crowd to generate the perfect soundtrack to any event. 2018 was a year of astounding new heights. BEARCAT performed at the MoMA, Guggenheim, Afropunk, Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, Bloomberg Summer Picnic, 29Rooms, Performa 17 Biennial. BEARCAT’s archive of work and sets can be found at bearcat.digital
About He Valencia
He Valencia aka Aloiso Wilmoth is an Indiana-based artist, DJ, producer exploring the intersections and permeation of techno and other experimental electronic music. He uses these mediums to explore greater themes of diaspora and Afrofuturism.
About RA Child
Experimental rapper and producer creating leftfield, off-setting rhythmic patterns and textures deeply embedded in the underground St. Louis music scene.
- Tyler Mathews