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Call for Artists' Submissions:
Now through April 30th, 2017

FIGMENT San Diego Event Date:
May 13, 2017 • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
CHICANO PARK

Founded in 2007 on New York City’s Governors Island, what began as a few thousand enthusiasts enjoying a handful of participatory art projects on a sunny July afternoon has ballooned into a multi-day, multi-city event that drew over 30,000 participants in NYC, Boston, Jackson, MS and Detroit in 2011. In 2016, FIGMENT seeks to continue its mission to offer free, inclusive and participatory art to entire communities, removing the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees and blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art.

FIGMENT embodies the belief that everyone can make something of artistic value and that the arts can build a community of our best selves. We’re looking for artists who embrace those ideals to help us continue FIGMENT in its San Diego setting.

We are excited to announce that FIGMENT is open for art project submission proposals for the fifth FIGMENT San Diego! FIGMENT San Diego 2017 will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

FIGMENT San Diego will take place in the historic Chicano Park, located in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. The park’s peaceful, grassy landscape is shaded throughout by the flowing canopies of trees provided by nature, and the proud stance of the freeway’s painted pillars contributed by the community. Chicano Park is the US’s largest outdoor mural collection brought about by the extensive history of the neighborhood. What better place to merge public arts that speak from the past with the interactive art of today.

The 5th FIGMENT San Diego is a one-day event designed to promote spontaneous collaboration, active communication, and significant fun. Scheduled artists will commingle with contributors bringing unplanned commissions to the site.

The curators of FIGMENT San Diego invite proposals for interactive art of all mediums from local and regional artists, as well as artists across the United States and internationally. From installation, to performance art, to dance and video, FIGMENT San Diego hopes to showcase a diverse range of interactive and collaborative works. Selected works will highlight FIGMENT principles such as inclusion, self-reliance, participation, and decommodification. 

Before you submit your proposal for an interactive project to FIGMENT San Diego, please take a moment to read the FAQ and the information on this page – to give you the necessary guidelines to submit your project as FIGMENT-worthy as possible!

To Submit a Proposal:

You can submit a project for consideration by visiting our artists portal. The deadline to submit your art project is April 30th, 2017. The earlier you submit your project, the more personal attention you will get from our Curatorial Team! 

Proposal Criteria:

FIGMENT participants can choose to enter their submission in one of the categories covering two main fields: Performance and Installation — or, simply put, People and Things. Projects can include but are not limited to: installations, games, workshops, (roving) performances, multimedia, electronic art, music.

Your FIGMENT San Diego project can be submitted by an individual or group of individuals. Projects will be selected based on creativity, interactivity, structural integrity, sustainability, feasibility, budget, and community involvement:

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

Interactivity: Your project MUST provide for ongoing interactivity and participation from visitors to FIGMENT San Diego. This could be as simple as a way visitors can move, influence, or play with your art, or simply involving the audience in your performance. It could also involve transforming, adding to, or fundamentally altering the art project over the course of the weekend. In the questionnaire, please be sure to fully explain how your project will be participatory and engage visitors at FIGMENT.

Structural Integrity: This is not a traditional art event. When you design a piece for FIGMENT imagine that it will be climbed on by 15 children at a time, kicked, walked on, etc. – for 8 hours a day. If it rains, there is limited shelter, and water will gather in low-lying areas. Keeping that in mind, build for the apocalypse and consider a modular design for ease of transport and installation and de-installation. Although we have not had acts of intentional vandalism, anything that moves, is shiny or removable will be played with and pulled on in ways you did not imagine. Finally, remember that all artists must adhere to Chicano Park guidelines and rules, with regard to environmental presentation and general safety.

Context and Impact: When thinking about your submission, especially when you are bringing a performance to the park, think about how your project will affect other projects. Is it noisy? Does it require quiet? Does it have the potential to be messy? See the FAQ.

Sustainability: Please consider your materials carefully. Where do they come from? Where will they go after the event is over? Given the temporary nature of any installation, if possible please consider creating your work from found waste materials, or from materials that can be temporarily appropriated and then reused after the installation. One of FIGMENT’s main principles is Leave No Trace. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. Be prepared and committed to clean up your art project after FIGMENT is done, to leave Chicano Park in a better state than you found it.

Feasibility: 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 at Chicano Park on Saturday, May 13th, between 6 and 9 AM (special requests for longer installation windows will be considered). Projects must be designed to be disassembled. De-installation will occur on Saturday, May 13 between 6PM and 10 PM. Your proposal MUST include a cleanup plan. 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 project. 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. We encourage artists to seek outside sources of funding.

Community Involvement: FIGMENT is a large-scale participatory arts project that is created by a diverse 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 sandiegocuratorial@figmentproject.org.

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

- Drawing inspiration from other community-based arts events, the development, production, and experience of FIGMENT are guided by 11 principles, one of which is DECOMMODIFICATION. FIGMENT seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We will not substitute consumption for experience. For all 11 Principles of FIGMENT, click here.
- What type of location would suit your project? Pavement? A grassy area? Does the area need to be flat? Chicano Park has mainly grassy space and some trees, with a combination of hills and flat areas. You may request a type of location; however, precise placement of projects 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 de-installing your project.
- Artists must plan to personally be on site for the duration of the event.
- Artists are responsible for any volunteers needed during the weekend, or for installation or de-installation. FIGMENT staff will work with you and your curator to try and assist with volunteer needs, but we cannot promise anything. Remember that FIGMENT is about radical self-reliance.
- Selected artists will be asked to sign a waiver before they submit their project, signifying that they understand what will be asked of them from FIGMENT to install and de-install.

Project Timeline

- Submissions open: Saturday, January 14, 2017
- Project submission deadline: April 30, 2017
- Notification of acceptance/rejection/how to fine tune your project: No later than 7 days after application submission. 
- Installation and setup start:  May 13, 2017 – 6AM (Special accommodations may be made to allow earlier set up on request)
- Installation completion: May 13, 2017 – 9AM
- FIGMENT Event: May 13, 2017
- De-Installation begins: May 13, 6PM
- De-Installation completion: May 13, 10PM

Please address any questions to sandiegocuratorial@figmentproject.org.

See you at FIGMENT in May!

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