A FeCuOp with special guest choreographer, Ivonne Batanero


In Collaboration with Locust Projects

Friday, October 11, 2019 | 6:00-8:30PM
Locust Projects | 3852 N Miami Ave

Join us at Locust Projects in a progressive evening of reminiscing, talks, and collaborative performances celebrating the closing of FeCuOp: Antenna – an interactive installation constructed primarily to solicit auditory participation created by the collective FeCuOp. With this installation FeCuOp seeks to create a social experiment with communication as its foundation.
Evening starts with casual happy hour with beer, wine and bites. Meet the artists and view FeCuOp Flashback Footage in the Screening Room.
Conversation with all of the members of FeCuOp moderated by Lorie Mertes, executive director of Locust Projects, with special guest Robert Chambers on the evolution FeCuOp and placing within the context of other artist collectives in Miami that were formed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
7:30PM – PERFORMANCE IVONNE BATANERO presented in collaboration with MIAMI LIGHT PROJECT
Following the talk, stay for a performance by dancer and choreographer Ivonne Bataneropresented in a special collaboration between Miami Light Project and Locust Projects. Described as “engaging” and “theatrically compelling”, Batanero’s movement throughout the space and interaction with the Antenna creates a visual narrative centered around the idea of communication and connection.
7:50PM – Special guest performance by AMANDA CRIDER
The performance will be followed by a special musical guest appearance by mezzo-soprano, Amanda Crider. Accompanied by a piano directly plugged into the Antenna and incorporating the sounds of the theremin, Crider’s “gleaming vocalism” complements and contrasts the industrial materials from which it is amplified.



FeCuOp is a contemporary art collaborative established in Miami in 1997 by Jason Ferguson, born in Trinidad and Tobago and lives in South Carolina; Christian Curiel born, in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents and lives in New Haven, CT; Brandon Opalka born in Virginia and lives in Colorado. The name constitutes an amalgam of the three founding artist’s names. FeCuOp along with new Miami-based member Victor Villafañe, are like the periodic table of elements, unique characteristics of each member, brings a unique variable property to every collaboration. Each an artist in their own right, together FeCuOp fuses to create work that encourages members to become a part of one collective voice. Working with various mediums and at times nontraditional venues, FeCuOp often creates work that comments on human behavior – through this, FeCuOp seeks to reveal unconscious patterns that drive our biases and shape our choices. The results of which are documented and become a commentary on our fundamental existence.


Ivonne Batanero was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Miami at the age of five. Ivonne studies extensively with Brigid Baker, and attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with the faculty. Upon graduating in 2009, Ivonne was awarded the 2009 Semans Art Fund which gave her the opportunity to travel to Vienna, Austria to attend the Impuls Tanz Vienna International Dance Festival. In 2011, Ivonne became the first Miami-based artist to receive a full “Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts Scholarship” to attend the American Dance Festival. Ivonne is a two-time commissioned artist by Miami Light Project for their annual Here and Now Festival. In 2012 Ivonne’s choreography was described as “the most theatrically coherent and compelling piece” and in the following year her work was described as “the most engaging piece”. Ivonne’s Project: Invasion was listed in the Miami Herald as one of the top five dance performances of 2013. In 2015 Ivonne toured to Lima, Perú with her latest work I think it’s in my belly and created her first dance on film while in Lima entitled 528 days. Ivonne was recently awarded a grant by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs for the 2016-2017 Dance Miami Choreographers Program, and is currently a dancer with the Rosie Herrera Dance Theater and Adele Myers and Dancers.


Founded by artists for artists in 1998, Locust Projects is Miami’s longest running nonprofit alternative art space. They produce, present, and nurture ambitious and experimental new art and the exchange of ideas through commissioned exhibitions and projects, artist residencies, summer art intensives for teens, and public programs on contemporary art and curatorial practice. As a leading incubator of new art and ideas, Locust Projects emphasizes boundary-pushing creative endeavors, risk-taking and experimentation by local, national and international artists. They invest in South Florida’s arts community by providing artists with project grants and empower creative careers by supporting the administrative work of being an artist through an onsite artist resource hub and access to pro bono legal services.