Event, November 8 2014


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Have you checked out our Event Details page? It has lots of important information, as well as schedules for the day?

 FIGMENT Oakland wants YOU to join our rock star volunteer team!

(We're ALL volunteers, by-the-way, so you'll be in great company.)

More details: http://bit.ly/figmentvolform

Maybe you've always dreamed of being the personal bodyguard to a Dancing Robot? Or an arts ambassador to crafty kids? Maybe you're an ace at providing information? Or you moonlight as a theater tech and you're great corralling performers in a greenroom?

We need ALL of that at FIGMENT! Join us in wearing a pink FIGMENT shirt. Be part of the festivities as a volunteer! 

Non-Registered Art Is Welcome at FIGMENT Oakland 2014

Plein air painting, parkour, and invisible picnics. Drum brigades, dance parties, and drones. Yoga, yo-yos, and yarn bombing. Tree shrines, trash collages, and tutu making workshops.  

Didn't get a chance to submit your special something through our portal? We still need YOU at FIGMENT Oakland 2014!
Your day-of contributions and impromptu pieces help bring the magic of FIGMENT to life and we encourage you to showcase your spontaneous creative projects at our November 8th event.

How To Bring A Non-Registered Piece to FIGMENT Oakland

If your piece is mobile, musical, or performance-based feel free to wander into the park, set up, and GO. If your piece has a large physical component and needs to be installed please check-in with our Placement Team at the Mosswood Park parking lot on Webster and 36th. Placement starts at 8am and will go all day. Just look for the volunteers in bright pink shirts! Questions? Email the Curation Team at oaklandart@figmentproject.org

**Reminder -  we cannot provide amphitheater access or power to non-registered pieces. However, feel free to bring your own platform stage or generator if those elements are crucial to your work.**

** Additional Reminder - When bringing non-registered pieces to FIGMENT Oakland, please leave your climbing structures, trampolines, bouncy castles, or fire art at home as those art forms are not allowed at Mosswood Park.**

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Play your movie trailers in the Box [Truck] Theater!

The Box Theater would like to welcome your movie trailers to play before our feature presentation @ Figment! We are a box truck with a built-in movie theater, encapsulating a mini cinema-going experience with trailers, intermission, costumed ushers, a meta-movie, and (free) concessions! Any more detail would be a spoiler.

And thanks to the wonders of Dropbox, Youtube, and the internet, films are infinitely transferable over long distances so share this information with your filmmaker friends! 

Do you have a mashup, or genre remix trailer of a popular film? A real trailer for a full-length movie you've produced (or producing)? A Sweded trailer of your favorite flick? We're taking any and all with only a few criteria: ​​

  • 90 seconds or shorter

  • Movie Trailer format: "In a world...", title cards, your ridiculous edit - if it's in the format of a movie trailer, it's perfect.

  • No lambasting the audience - we want to drop joy bombs.

  • Do your best to keep it around or under a generally perceived "PG-13" rating. We already have adult themes and language in the overall experience itself.

  • Submissions in by November 2nd!

Trailers will be played on a rotation - a different trailer before each showing, cycling roughly every 10 minutes. Depending on the number of submissions, we may dedicate entire showings to solely your trailers!

If you're interested contact boxtheater@shootscutsflicks.com for tech specs, media delivery, and any and all questions you have for the trailer itself.

The Naked Bulb Is Seeking Open Mic Performers

Do you have something to say? Something to read?  Something to play?  Something to show?

Bring it.

Fruitvale’s very own Naked Bulb Open Mic is coming to Oakland’s Mosswood Park for FIGMENT Oakland 2014.

Contact Missy at pacificelf@hotmail.com to secure a spot for yourself, your mom, your band, your kid, your dog, or a friend who needs a platform to express their personal business to the world.  Everyone is an artist. Everyone is a writer. So come express your words on our stage!

For more information on Naked Bulb you can view some past performances here - http://litseen.com/?p=10767

Remember: There are multiple ways to get involved in FIGMENT Oakland 2014. You can Volunteer at the event, donate, or submit your art project proposal for FIGMENT Oakland 2014!

FIGMENT Oakland’s Call for Participation has been EXTENDED to 10/15

Due to overwhelming community response we’ve extended the FIGMENT Oakland Call For Participaton to 11:59pm on October 15th. Please submit your proposal for an interactive art project and help make FIGMENT Oakland 2014 awesome! Encourage your friends to join our mailing list to stay on top of most recent FIGMENT news!

FIGMENT Submission Guidelines

FIGMENT encourages you to stretch your boundaries! FIGMENT Oakland offers opportunities for both emerging and established artists — and even people who don’t consider themselves artists — to showca

se their creations and get people to interact, participate, and collaborate with each other.

FIGMENT focuses primarily on participatory art, art that builds community through sharing, and gets people talking, creating, and sharing experiences together. We welcome all sorts of submissions:

  • sculpture, installation art, and site-specific pieces
  • interactive multimedia art*
  • performance and music*
  • creative workshops
  • games, participatory performance, and social experiments
  • and anything else you can dream of...

We invite any project that inspires visitors to participate and interact!

*NOTE: amphitheater performance slotsare limited and our power grid access is tight. Projects requiring them should be submitted ASAP!

By participating in FIGMENT, you are building important connections and weaving the social fabric that creates community. Have additional questions about submitting to FIGMENT Oakland? Read our Artist Handbook or reach out to the Curation Team at oaklandart@figmentproject.org.

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Why FIGMENT Oakland?

FIGMENT seeks to demonstrate what the arts can be: participatory, bursting with creativity and born from the desire to share imagination and invention between artists and the public. FIGMENT is a grassroots effort; organized and run entirely by volunteers because we believe in the aspirations and mission of FIGMENT. We believe that FIGMENT addresses a number of key issues that impact artists, cities, and creative communities alike.

Problem #1: Lack of Opportunity for Emerging Artists

We aim to provide as many opportunities for emerging artists as possible, creating an inclusive and participatory alternative to the high-end gallery scene. FIGMENT invites everyone to participate, regardless of socio-economic background, age, race, gender, artistic ability or career level . The main goal of our curatorial process is not to limit or restrict participation by weeding out artists, but to encourage all artists to make their work as participatory in nature as possible.

Problem #2: Access to the Arts for All

One of our main priorities is to lower the barriers to entry for audiences as well as artists. Museums, art events, concerts, and the theater are often prohibitively expensive in these difficult economic times. FIGMENT is committed to producing its event and exhibitions at no charge, minimizing as best we can the role economic privilege plays in access to the arts.

Problem #3: Passivity in Our Society

We live in a culture of spectatorship wherein people are often more comfortable watching than doing or making or creating. FIGMENT’s focus is on art that is created by a community working in collaboration, art that is created or enhanced by the input of its audience, or art that must be directly engaged with in order to be appreciated. FIGMENT intends for everyone who comes to the event be a participant, so that FIGMENT itself can be seen as one large collaborative art project.

Problem #4: Communities in Flux

Many of the inhabitants of large cities are transitional, moving to the city to pursue education or a career, then relocating elsewhere as their circumstances change. Existing neighborhoods change as older residents move and successive waves of new neighbors take their place. Many community structures that have functioned as longstanding social glue have lost their place of social prominence in the 21st century. FIGMENT seeks to provide a community-based experience that is open to everyone, giving even the most temporary of passersby a place to belong. With an emphasis on participatory art, FIGMENT encourages connections among audiences and artists, as everyone participates as collaborators in the creative process. Participatory arts include any works of art that require the interaction of participants, bringing together artists and community members in ways that build relationships and unlock individual creativity. The result is art as dialogue, rather than monologue; this dialogue forms the basis for a collaborative, constructive community.

Problem #5: Few Places for Youth and Families to Go

FIGMENT actively engages with youth and families, attracting a large number of children and their parents/caretakers. Children enjoy that FIGMENT’s culture is about getting your hands dirty and working with others to create. At FIGMENT, it’s okay to touch, in fact, it’s encouraged. Part of the FIGMENT ethos is that education comes from engagement. At the same time, FIGMENT is not a “just for kids” environment. We often hear adults comment that they “feel like kids” at FIGMENT; given an opportunity, even adults are able to play, have fun, and look at the world with fresh eyes.

Problem #6: Utilizing Public Space

FIGMENT was originally created for New York City’s Governors Island in 2007. In 2014 we’re coming to Oakland’s Mosswood Park - a much loved local park sitting at the intersection of multiple different neighborhoods. We want to get people out of their homes, out of their cars, off the BART and into the park - enjoying Oakland’s wonderful Mosswood Park! 

Problem #7: Oversaturation of Branding and Commercialism

We strive to create a culture free from buying, selling, and advertising. So often, our experiences in today’s world are mediated by ads, logos, and sales pitches. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship whatsoever. At FIGMENT, a logo should never interfere with your personal experience. Here, your experience is not for sale.

Problem #8: Living in a Time of Scarcity

At FIGMENT, you don’t need currency to experience the richness of the arts. Indeed, at a time when so many people are struggling to get by, we are proud to celebrate an abundance of inspiration. Despite the scarcity all around us, there is no shortage of creativity, innovation, and passion. FIGMENT provides a place where people can bring their gifts and share the wealth with their neighbors, old friends, new friends, and community members.


We are excited to announce FIGMENT is now open for art project submissions for the Oakland 2014 event!

FIGMENT Oakland offers opportunities for both emerging and established artists to showcase original works that encourage interaction, participation, and collaboration. Your FIGMENT project can be anything - marching bands, capoeira performances, guerilla knitting workshops, kinetic bicycle sculptures, role playing games, large scale installations, and children's painting classes all have an equally important place in FIGMENT Oakland.

FIGMENT welcomes works in every imaginable medium including:

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      • installation
      • performance
      • music
      • workshops
      • games
      • experiences
      • site-specific pieces
      • social experiments
      • etc.

Learn more about submitting a project to here: http://oakland.figmentproject.org/submit_a_project

Join the FIGMENT Oakland Art Discussion Email List!

Aside from our standard announce list (which hopefully you've joined! Detail on the right side of this page) we've created a discussion based list for artists, makers, doers, and volunteers interested in working on art for FIGMENT Oakland 2014.

  • Are you looking to receive FIGMENT announcements tailored to artists and performers?
  • Are you interested in brainstorming about art, performance, and interactivity?
  • Are you looking for art supplies/materials or have art supplies/materials to offer?
  • Are you looking for volunteers to help on your project or looking to volunteer your own time on someone else's?

Then please sign up for the Figment Oakland Art list and join the art discussion today!

Art Discussion List : https://groups.google.com/d/forum/figmentoaklandart

Upcoming Meet & Greet Thursday July 24th @ 6:45 PM in the Mosswood Park Amphitheater

Join us for our next Meet & Greet where we’ll be doing a walk-through the grounds and helping artists through the process of participating in FIGMENT!

At this Artist Meet and Greet we'll be leading tours of the space, showcasing installation spots, discussing interactive/participatory art, and answering artists’ questions about participating in FIGMENT.

The park has an amphitheater, a classroom space, open fields, beautiful trees, and lots of potential as an exhibition venue.

The Bay Area art scene contains multitudes and FIGMENT would love to hear about:


Your marching band
Your kinetic bicycle sculpture
Your knitting class
Your children's after school art class
Your dance troupe
Your maze made out of cardboard boxes
Your mask making activity
Your community created mural
Your children's after school band
Your hip hop orchestra
Your screen printing workshop
And more!

If you have an art piece - or even a glimmer of an art idea - that you might want to bring to FIGMENT Oakland we'd love to see you at this meeting.


Mosswood Park Amphitheater - 3612 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94609

Brief walk from MacArthur Bart!

November 8, 2014 in Mosswood Park, Oakland

What: FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. FIGMENT Oakland is a free, outdoor interactive art event that brings together the community and inspires all ages in the creation and celebration of art and a culture where everything is possible. Our focus is to bring out kids and adults alike to come out and play and experience art on a participatory level.

When: Saturday, November 8 — event opens at 11am! Event is 11am to 5pm.

Where: Mosswood Park, Oakland... a short walk from MacArthur Bart!

How Much: FREE! FIGMENT is a free, non-profit event, and we do not accept corporate sponsorships. We do welcome donations from individuals and non-profit groups so please donate to help us cover our event costs. We can't do it without YOUR participation and help!

FIGMENT Project is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

What to Bring: Whatever you need for a day of fun, such as water and some snacks. Bring some food and have a picnic on the lawn! For specific ideas or if you have specific questions, view our list!

Note: The event is rain-or-shine. If the forecast calls for rain, be prepared to hide — or dance — under porches, arches, and umbrellas while the clouds pass.

What to Expect: Art and activities in every medium available… especially the art and activities that YOU bring! We'll be posting a schedule of registered art and activities.

The FIGMENT Project focuses primarily on participatory art, art that builds community through sharing, and gets people to interact with one another, talk to each other, create and share experiences together. By participating, we are building important connections and weaving the social fabric that creates community.

FIGMENT Reminders: To make sure you and all other visitors have a fun and safe experience, please keep the following in mind:

  • It is NOT SAFE to CLIMB the art
  • YOUR child = YOUR responsibility
  • TREAT the art like it was your HOME
  • It is NEVER "just you" doing it!
  • THINK before you ACT
  • Make the art look even BETTER for the NEXT VISITOR

How to Help: We invite people to sign up to volunteer to help at the event, and join our email list for continued opportunities to help out throughout the year. If you enjoy your experiences at FIGMENT, please make a donation to help us cover 2014 costs and prepare for 2015!

LEAVE NO TRACE: We adhere to a "Leave No Trace" ethic, and ask you to do the same. If you bring it with you, either bring it back or make sure it gets into a trash receptacle.

NO TRANSACTIONS: One of our goals is to create a social and creative experience uninterrupted by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. FIGMENT does not sell anything at the park, and does not allow commerce of any kind.

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Your photos can help us promote and fundraise for FIGMENT next year! Please tag your Flickr photos and YouTube videos as " FIGMENTOAKLAND2014 ". Full credit will be given each time your work is used.