Artist FAQs

If you have a question about submitting your project to FIGMENT or what is possible Mosswood Park, please review the following FAQs. If, after reviewing this information, you still have a question, please email oaklandart@figmentproject.org.

Who can submit a project to FIGMENT?
Anyone can submit a project to FIGMENT! Adults, children, professional artists or those looking to create their first piece! Anyone who can bring their project to FIGMENT by their own means and de-install it when the event is over is welcome to submit.

What can content be?
In the past, FIGMENT has hosted a wide variety of artistic endeavors… Street theater, crafts workshops, costuming, puppet theater, sculpture, inflatable art, dance, performance art, installations, social experiments, mobile art, workshops, games, community building projects, arts & crafts, sound art, bands & DJs, lectures & seminars on themes of participatory art & culture, and anything else you can imagine! Please do remember that FIGMENT is an event for everyone (meaning your art should be family friendly) when deciding on subject matter for your project. Check out our Facebook for images from other past FIGMENTS to get a feel for the variety of art that is possible.

Installations, performances, activities, or other projects that can be set up outdoors are encouraged. Indoor space inside Mosswood Recreation may be available for certain projects, though we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor environment of Mosswood Park. You can set up your own area or host a scheduled event or performance. If you have an idea for FIGMENT and have questions about whether it’s plausible, don’t hesitate to get in touch. No matter what you do, the one requirement is that it somehow engages audience participation. Just bring it to FIGMENT and try it out!

What are the deadlines?
KEY PROJECTS WILL BE GIVEN PLACEMENT IN THE PARK ON A ROLLING BASIS (meaning first come, first served). The sooner you submit your art, the easier it will be for us to accommodate your placement request. If you have a large project or a project that requires specific placement or infrastructure, please submit it as soon as possible so that we can accommodate it. The final deadline for project submission is September 30, 2014.

What about funding?
FIGMENT is a community-based event organized and run by volunteers. Its success is dependent on community participation. FIGMENT does NOT provide funding for the production, transportation, or insurance of works to, at, or from the park. We will try to help artists pool transportation resources, but please be prepared to be self sufficient with your art.

FIGMENT encourages artists to apply for outside grants and fundraise for your project within your personal capacity. Please note that no corporate sponsorship (including logos and credit lines) is permitted at the event. In addition, nothing may be sold at the event other than food and beverages from licensed vendors contracted through the park.

When can I install my project? What are the installation and setup hours?
Arrangements must be made with the FIGMENT team for all deliveries, installations, and de-installations to or from Mosswood Park. Once you have submitted your project, you can speak about logistical needs in more detail with one of our curators or email oaklandart@figmentproject.org.

Artists can store their art starting Friday mid-day in Mosswood Recreation Center. Event set-up will start on Saturday at 6:30am at which time artists can start to set their art up on park grounds.

When should I de-install my project? Can I leave it at the park for a few days?
All FIGMENT Oakland art must leave the grounds by Saturday evening. Please remember the days get shorter in November so if you have a complicated project, please bring a few friends to help you take the project down more quickly. Unfortunately, you cannot leave your art in the park for a few days.

Can I DJ at FIGMENT?
If you would like to DJ at FIGMENT, we would recommend getting together with friends to propose a project as a collective, and making your DJ area part of the proposal. If you want to propose a project that involves multiple DJs, you will be responsible for curating the group during FIGMENT Weekend. Please email oaklandart@figmentproject.org for more information on how to curate a DJ area.

Can I distribute fliers for my band/art project?
Please do not distribute fliers or printed materials at FIGMENT. We are trying to provide as waste-free an event as possible.

Can I sell my CD?
We ask that you do not sell anything – including CDs – at FIGMENT. FIGMENT is an entirely free and non-commercial event in which everyone volunteers their time and effort to participate… the organizers, the artists, the participants. Interactions between people are not mediated by commercial transactions of any kind. Everything at FIGMENT is free, nothing for sale, and no one insisting that you have to give a donation to participate. We understand that many of you make your livelihoods by selling your art and we support you – FIGMENT is just not the time or place.

Can I collect email addresses for my mailing list?
Yes, you may collect addresses, but we ask that you manage the list and make it clear to participants that they are signing up for your list and not the FIGMENT list. Please do not leave unattended clipboards around the island; keep the list with you so that you can get participants excited about your project.

There are some supplies that I need. Can I get them from FIGMENT?
FIGMENT promotes radical self reliance, so please make every effort to bring all the supplies that you need for your project. As an all volunteer event, we give our time and passion to the event, but it’s a bit more challenging to buy things.

What if I did not submit a project to FIGMENT but I still want to bring it?
We encourage you to bring projects that you can carry while walking on to a public ferry. Projects will not be on our map or schedule, but FIGMENT is about serendipity and discovery so that’s quite all right. Unregistered projects will not have access to power, cannot be stored overnight and cannot be installed in a building or on any structure on the island. Please take your portable project with you when you leave the island and leave no trace.

How do I get there?
MacArthur Bart is a brief (ten minute) walk, and the 51 and 57 buses stop nearby.

Security
What type of security exists in the park? Can I leave my art in the park and come pick it up at the end of the day?
You should be on site to ensure that your art is protected. While we will have volunteers on site, we are not responsible for your art. You and/or your representatives should be at your art piece and you may want to look into getting an insurance policy to cover your art piece.

Can I have tables and chairs?
Please bring any and all tables and chairs that you need to make your project a success.

Trees
Q: Can we hang this (sign, art, string, etc.) from a tree?
A: If it’s very light, yes. But we cannot, under any circumstances, risk any damage to the trees. So please be gentle with the trees, and use a method of attachment that will not leave a mark or scar the tree in any way. Think cloth – preferably no paper strings, since they will stick or leak color on any tree as soon as it starts raining and that is almost impossible to remove when you de-install your project. Please check with your curator before hanging.

Compressed Gas
Q: Can I bring compressed gas to the park?
A: Please notify your curator if any projects involve compressed gas.

Special requests
Ask your curator if you have any special requests not covered in this document.

Can I bring Animals?
Yes, you may bring your pets to the park but Mosswood Park is an on-leash park ONLY. All animals MUST be on leash.

Thank you for reading! We look forward to seeing you at FIGMENT!

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