St. Louis Murmuration Festival Opening Night Combined Art, Music, Science, Tech + Fashion
The fields of art, science, music and technology converged over three days this past weekend at the St. Louis Murmuration Festival. “Friday@Murmuration,” the kick-off event, allowed the community to experience an interactive journey through the city’s maker movement, with more than a dozen free activations on display at the Cortex Innovation Community (CIC).
Upon entering the experience, attendees were welcomed by a raucous drum circle presented by SpecDrum that was flanked by an assortment of food trucks in an outdoor courtyard. Stepping inside the CIC, people were greeted by avant-garde music throughout the night from the Saint Louis Symphony and local dee-jay, 18&Counting.
As people moved through the event, collection pieces were presented by live models and provided by local designers Ameli Blaser, Jena Miller, Marcel Coleman, Nasheli Julianna and Trang Nguyen. Displayed on platforms provided by The Luminary, this fashion piece was a part of Saint Louis Fashion Week‘s monthly calendar and provided guests a taste of future experiences from STLFW, including the upcoming marquee event at Majorette on Nov. 10.
Many other elements of art dressed up the remaining Cortex space, bringing color, texture, sound and fragrance to the entire building. Perhaps the most entertaining performance was brought to the table by star local performance artist Basil Kincaid, who performed a one-of-a-kind piece capturing the audience’s attention for nearly 30 minutes.
Pop-up art organized by Westminster Press had much to offer from many St. Louis artists, including the opportunity to have your personal portrait sewn in minutes by local maker Tucker Pierce. Other activations included DIY opportunities from Skyler Wiseman and Squarefruit, a unique photobooth chaired by Pikazo with custom-made filters for each person, and more performance art from La Hors De.
Attendees wrapped the experience by seeing some of the area’s finest furniture craftsman paired with floral creations from Flowers to the People. David Stine Woodworking, Stahl Furniture Makers, Goebel & Co. Furniture and Narrative Furniture offered some of their signature pieces and personally answered questions about their work.
For more information about upcoming fashion, design and entrepreneurial events, visit saintlouisfashionweek.com.
Photos by Alan Wang.