Media Advisory

November 03, 2014
Contact: Clare Desmore

Media Advisory

Free Festival Celebrates our Creative Community

Play with Art in the Park and Participate 
in FIGMENT Oakland

What:

FIGMENT Oakland is a free, participatory art festival taking place in Mosswood Park on Saturday, November 8th, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. There’ll be over 70 interactive art projects, including art installations on the lawn, music performances in the amphitheater, games, craft workshops, and anything else you can imagine bringing! Celebrate and get involved with our creative community at FIGMENT Oakland 2014!

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When:            Saturday, November 8th, 11am to 5pm

Where:           Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street Oakland, CA, 94609
                      *Accessible by MacArthur Bart

Why:               

FIGMENT creates free, volunteer-driven participatory art events that bring together the community in a celebration of art and a culture where everything is possible! At each event, you’re invited to play with the art, temporarily transforming public spaces into wildly creative places that disappear without a trace. 

FIGMENT demonstrates what the arts can be: interactivecreative and free, born from the desire to share imagination and invention between artists and the public. FIGMENT began in New York City in 2007 and was in 10 cities and in 3 countries in 2014. FIGMENT's Executive Producer, David Koren, will be here for the first event in Oakland and he would love to share the vision and background story in on-site interviews.

“FIGMENT focuses primarily on participatory art, art that builds community through shared experiences. By participating in FIGMENT, we are building important connections and weaving the social fabric that creates community,” said David Koren, FIGMENT Executive Producer

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Featured Projects:

  • Jericho- The Urban Spy Game
    Bring your unmodified (stock) Nerf blaster, stock darts, disguises, a bandana, and a sense of intrigue, stealth, and adventure, as we play three missions in and around Oakland's Mosswood Park.
  • Make and Take Instruments
    Learn how to make instruments out of a few simple, easy to find materials, and then take them home with you!
  • Sustainable Magic Box
    The Sustainable Magic Box is a mobile, high tech workshop and gallery. Our goal is is to inspire people and teach them how to create or make using technology.  Join us for demonstrations throughout the day and check out our gallery of tech art.
  • The Sky Is Falling
    We are all made of stardust, but what are stars made of, exactly? And what is inside the moon? The Ark of the Moon visits Figment to allow visitors to engage in the inquiry of what space is made of by using blunt instruments to deconstruct the heavens.
  • FLUXCycles
    The FLUXcycles are mobile fire sculptures built by FLUX artists. The Dragon Wagon and the Poppy Wagon wow crowds wherever they go.
  • A People's River History
    Join us on a journey to discover, present, and connect the lost narratives of people who live and work on the river from the deck of a recreated shantyboat.
  • BLAH presents the Museum of Unnatural History 
    Blah presents an open air museum of unnatural history, which features found objects from the neighborhood. This museum will have none of the restrictive conventions of a traditional museum. Instead, you will be invited to touch, create, and even catalog items of their own to become part of the exhibit.
  • The Box Theater
    The Box Theater is a mobile cinema in the back of a box truck, presenting a full (condensed) movie theater experience, that'll leave you laughing or crying. In most cases, both. Local filmmakers, artists and businesses have been invited to submit trailers and advertisements to be featured.
  • The O.M. - Taharka El Henson and The Oakland Minded 
    A musical collaboration creating a new, trip hop sound.

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About FIGMENT:

FIGMENT is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT's mission is offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities. The event removes the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees, blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art. FIGMENT catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream.

FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. FIGMENT is supported by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

FIGMENT Oakland is produced with support from the Oakland Park & Recreation.

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