Submit a project

Registration for FIGMENT Oakland 2014 is officially open!

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT: Enter the FIGMENT Artist Submission Portal

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

Before you submit, please take a moment to read the Tips and Tricks Guide – to give you the necessary guidelines to submit your project! The Guide contains practical installation and de-installation tips, rules of engagement and construction limitations at Mosswood Park, a list of things you should absolutely bring to the park, a list of things you absolutely CANNOT bring to the park, and the 11 Principles of FIGMENT.

To Submit an Art Project:

FIGMENT asks that you create an account on the FIGMENT Artist Submission Portal to begin your process of submission. 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. In this case, you’ll be choosing Oakland. Or so we hope. On this account you can now 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 October 15, 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 to apply; submit your proposal now!

We will start notifying registered artists within two weeks of their project submission. As soon as we have accepted your project, we will connect you with one of our FIGMENT Team Curators. They will be your point of contact, advocate, advisor in the time leading up to and throughout FIGMENT.

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

Your Proposal Criteria:

Projects can include but are not limited to: installations, performances, games, activities, workshops, multimedia, electronic art, music, social experiments, etc. An individual or collective of artists may submit a FIGMENT project. Projects will be selected based on creativity, interactivity, structural integrity, context and impact, sustainability, feasibility, budget, and community involvement.

  • Creativity: Your project should be visually stunning and wildly innovative and your proposal should state a clear concept, theme or central idea.

  • Interactivity: Your project must provide for ongoing interactivity and participation from FIGMENT visitors. This could be as simple as the way visitors move, influence, or play with your art. Or it could involve working the audience into your performance. Or it could also involve transforming, adding to, or fundamentally altering the art project over the course of the weekend, or having the audience actually influence the course and content of your performance.

  • Structural Integrity: If you are bringing an installation to FIGMENT, keep in mind that it will be climbed on by 15 people at a time, kicked, walked on, etc. – for 6 hours. If it rains, there is limited shelter and grass will turn muddy. Keeping that in mind, build for the apocalypse and consider a modular design for ease of transport, installation, and de-installation.

  • Context and Impact: When thinking about your submission, consider how your project will affect other projects. Is it noisy? Does it require quiet? Does it have the potential to be messy?

  • Sustainability: Please consider your materials carefully. Where do they come from? Where will they go after the event is over or your performance is done? Given the temporary nature of any installation or performance, if possible please consider creating your work from found waste materials, or using waste materials in your performance that can be temporarily appropriated and then reused after your performance is done.

  • Feasibility (only applicable to Installations): Please note that you will be responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, installation, execution and de-installation of your project. All projects will be installed, run, and deinstalled on November 8th. There are no early installation nor late deinstallation opportunities. Artists are solely responsible for the successful installation and de-installation of their projects.

  • Budget: Think carefully about the materials that you will be using to create your installation or enhance your performance. Since FIGMENT is a completely volunteer run organization and event, we are unable to supply materials and there is no funding available for material stipends.

  • Community Involvement: FIGMENT is a large-scale participatory arts project that is created by a large community of volunteers. We look forward to your being a part of this community, and to volunteering to help make the FIGMENT event and exhibitions happen.

Please address any questions to [email protected].

We encourage you to consider the following before submitting your proposal:

  • Drawing inspiration from other community-based arts events, the development, production, and experience of FIGMENT is guided by 11 principles. FIGMENT seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising.

  •  What type of location would suit your project? A grass space? Pavement? Indoor space? You may request a type of location; however, precise placement of projects and performances is at the discretion of the FIGMENT planning team.

  • Artists will work with their assigned curator to realize their project; your curator will answer any questions you might have during the course of preparing for, installing and deinstalling your installation, or preparing for, setting up and executing your performance.

  • Artists who bring an installation must plan to personally be on site during FIGMENT.

  • Artists are responsible for any volunteers or additional performers needed during the weekend, or for installation or deinstallation. FIGMENT staff will work with you and your curator to try and assist with volunteer needs, but we cannot promise anything.

  • Artists who are bringing an installation or building a performance area are responsible for transportation of all materials to the park. We encourage artists to think outside the box about ways to transport their materials.

  • Artists will be asked to agree to a FIGMENT Waiver and Policies online before they submit their project, and will be asked to sign the same waiver in person prior to installation or performance setup.


Project Timeline

  • Submissions open: July 1st, 2014

  • Project submission deadline: October 15th, 2014 (11:59pm PST)

  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: on a rolling basis, 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


Please address any questions to [email protected]

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT: Enter the FIGMENT Artist Submission Portal

See you at FIGMENT in November!