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Thank you for considering bringing your project to FIGMENT Oakland 2014 at Mosswood Park! This FIGMENT Oakland Artist Tips & Tricks Guide is designed to guide you through the construction, maintenance, installation and de-installation of your piece. 


This guide is by no means definitive and is not meant to replace communication from your curator. Please read and respond to all emails from your curator by the requested deadlines. If you have a question about submitting your project to FIGMENT please review the document and if, after reviewing this information, you still have a question, please email [email protected]


FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York City. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year—in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, exhibitions, locations, and public support.


Transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play.

FIGMENT seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We will not substitute consumption for experience.

Anyone may be a part of FIGMENT; no prerequisites exist for participation except willingness to work and play. We welcome and respect the stranger.

Each individual and collaborating group has unique qualities, and through self-expression can offer a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of others.

FIGMENT encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

FIGMENT is devoted to acts of gift giving and volunteering. FIGMENT itself is a gift from volunteer artists and event staff, who hope that each participant brings an attitude of giving. Giving does not imply a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

We seek to create an environment ripe for each individual to achieve personal artistic transformation… but the creation of such an environment can be done only through creative cooperation and collaboration.

Each participant in FIGMENT is responsible for creating a civil environment for all other participants. We endeavor to produce this event in a way that fosters a civil society and that is socially responsible.

We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves to leave each place in a better state than we found it.

Too often the limit for creative expression is the barrier between our inner selves and the selves that we present to the world. By breaking down that barrier, we can gain a profound appreciation for the opportunities that lie in each time and place.

We believe it is important to remind ourselves where we come from, and to appreciate what has been given to us to get us to where we are. We are not entitled to anything, and approach our relations to others from a place of gratitude for their effor


We ask that you go to FIGMENT Artist Submission Portal and create an account to begin your submission process. This is your account to keep, so please document your username and password.

Once you’ve created your account, you’ll log back in and you can choose the city you’d like to create a project for.

You can incrementally save your project. This allows you, the artist, to begin a project proposal, and come back to it another day. Remember though, once you’ve clicked the “submit” button, you’ll no longer be able to make changes to that project.

Submit your art project for FIGMENT Oakland by 11:59pm PST on September 30th, 2014, by filling out the entry form. The earlier you submit your project, the more personal attention you will get from our Curatorial Team! So please don’t wait until September 30th to apply!

As soon as we have accepted your project, we will hook you up with one of our FIGMENT Team Curators. They will be your contact, your advocate and your advisor in the time leading up to and throughout FIGMENT Oakland.

Entries are encouraged from individuals or teams of any age or experience level, provided they are prepared to carry out the project.


  • Submissions open: July 1st, 2014

  • Project submission deadline: September 30th, 2014 (11:59pm PST)

  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: starting July 15, 2014

  • Mosswood Visit (TBD dates in July, August, and September) – a small group of FIGMENT staff will led a tour of the park to answer questions.

  • Installation and setup start: Saturday November 8th, 2014 from 7am to 10:30am

  • Installation completion: by Saturday November 8th, 2014 11:00am

  • FIGMENT Oakland: November 8th, 2014, 11am to 5pm

  • Deinstallation: November 8th, 2014, from 5pm to 10pm


Things You Will Need to Bring to the Park

• Water and Food
• A crew of helpers
• 100+ ft. of electrical cord (if bringing corded power tools)
• Any tools you plan to use for installation, de-installation or FIGMENT
• Sunscreen and maybe a hat

Limited electricity is available for installation and de-installation. Keep in mind that the closest outlet to your project will be over 100 feet away. Plan accordingly and bring your own extension cords and all tools necessary for install and removal of your piece. Power is available for selected FIGMENT artists who submit a project via our website by August 1st 2014 and coordinate with a curatorial contact.

Indoor Space Protocol
There will be limited indoor space. Please be prepared to submit any indoor project by August 1st, 2014.

Outdoor Space: putting stakes down or making holes in the ground
We’d prefer that you didn’t but limited stakes of no more than 6 inches can be placed in some areas of the park. Please check with your curator before staking.

Selling things 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. Everything at FIGMENT is free, nothing for sale, and no one insisting that you have to give a donation to participate. However, the event is powered by donations from the community so please donate if you can.  

Cooking and Food
Unfortunately we cannot cook or distribute food at Mosswood Park. We can, however, bring food for ourselves and our friends, i.e. a picnic. There are a few BBQ grills on site.

Projects involving the distribution of pre-packaged, single serve food items (such as candy or snack crackers) will be allowed if the artist creates a plan for all packaging waste.

There is no fire allowed at FIGMENT 2014.

Chalk art is allowed in some portions of at Mosswood Park. If you are bringing chalk, please talk to your curator beforehand.

Transporting Your Project
Think modular design. It is important to consider the transport and final assembly of your project in the design. It is ideal to have practically ALL of the major construction completed before bringing it to the park. Projects should be created in pieces that are movable by a maximum of 4 people. Be sure to coordinate a crew for your installation / de-installation.

How to make your project participatory
FIGMENT is a unique art event in that all projects presented at the event must be participatory and interactive. Participatory art involves the participation of the audience in the creation of the work. We encourage artists who may work in more traditional ways to introduce a participatory element to their pieces for FIGMENT.

To help get you started, here are some suggestions:
- Host a workshop with your piece and teach others how to make their own pieces using your methods.
- Integrate a performance element into your piece – musical, theatrical, dance, or “performance art” are all welcome, and more!
- Host an activity with your piece.
- Create a new piece of work at FIGMENT and involve the audience in its creation – for example, painting or building.
For more ideas, submit your project so that a curator can help make your idea a reality.


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.

Is this event really free? 
Yes! Our event is completely volunteer run and we don't accept corporate sponsorships of any kind. But we do have very many various event costs to cover (such as porto-potties, for example) and we hope members of the community will donate to help our event happen. 

What can content be?
In the past, FIGMENT has hosted a wide variety of artistic endeavors… Street theater, costuming, 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 when deciding on subject matter for your project.

Installations, performances, activities, or other projects that can be set up outdoors are welcome. Indoor space may be available for certain projects although it is quite limited. 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 with [email protected]

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. To submit details about your project, please go to artistportal.figmentproject.orgThe final deadline for project submission is September 30, 2014.

What about funding?
FIGMENT is a community-based event organized and run by volunteers. FIGMENT does NOT provide funding for the production, transportation, or insurance of works to, at, or from the park. 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.

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 [email protected]. Artists are encouraged to set up and break down their exhibits before and after FIGMENT, instead of during the event itself. The park will be open for project installation the morning of FIGMENT, from 7am to 10:30am.

When can I de-install my project?
De-installation will take place from 5pm to 10pm the day of the event.

Can I sell my CD?
We kindly ask that you do not sell anything – including CDs – at FIGMENT. FIGMENT is an entirely free and non-commercial event. 

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.

Will there be parking for my vehicle?
There will be extremely limited parking for FIGMENT artists and volunteers. Please talk to your curator about your parking needs.

There are some supplies that I need. Can I get them from FIGMENT?
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. FIGMENT can help direct you to free, donated and low cost resources from which to source materials. Please get in touch with us for more information: [email protected].

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 to a public park. Projects will not be on our map or schedule, nor will unregistered projects have access to power. Please take your portable, non-registered project with you when you leave the park and leave no trace.

When is FIGMENT?
FIGMENT is Saturday, November 8th from 11AM to 5PM.

How do I get there?
We recommend using public transportation. Please check with BART and AC Transit to plan your route.

Can I borrow tables and chairs?
No, please bring your own tables and chairs to the event.

Q: Can we hang this (sign, art, string, etc.) from a tree?
A: If it’s very very light, yes. But we cannot, under any circumstances, risk any damage to the trees. Think cloth – preferably no paper strings, since they will stick or leak color on any tree as soon as it starts raining. Please check with your curator before hanging anything from the trees.

Q: Can I put my art in THAT tree

A: Yes, we can assign you a specific tree.

Can I bring Alcohol?
We ask that you leave the booze at home.


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