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FIGMENT Chicago August 10 & 11, 2013
Garfield Park Conservatory
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, Jackson, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Boston in 2012. In 2013, FIGMENT seeks to continue its mission to offer free, inclusive and participatory art to our entire community, removing the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees and blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art. This year, FIGMENT Chicago will take place during the weekend of August 10 & 11, 2013.
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 Chicago.
We are excited to announce that FIGMENT is now open for art project submissions!
Chicago, the third most populous city in the nation and an international hub for industry and transportation, is home to more than two and a half million people as well as a multitude of strong arts communities. Chicago is known nationally and internationally as the home of modern improvisational comedy and is widely known for its large public art pieces; as such, the city is no stranger to interactive and participatory art that is open to all. The city comes alive in the summer with more than 400 festivals taking place all over the city every year. In this ripe setting of art, culture, and community, FIGMENT will be held in Chicago for the very first time in 2013.
FIGMENT Chicago will take place on the grounds of the Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the largest and most impressive conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the Garfield Park Conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres (18,000 m2) inside and out and contains a number of permanent plant exhibits incorporating specimens from around the world. The neighborhood’s potential for growing into a vibrant arts district can be seen in the arts communities already residing in the area, and we see FIGMENT as a way to bring the vitality of art and collaboration to the area’s future.
FIGMENT Chicago is produced with support from the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, the designated stewards of the Garfield Park Conservatory.
The first FIGMENT Chicago is an ongoing two-day event designed to promote spontaneous collaboration, active communication, and significant fun. Scheduled artists will commingle with contributors bringing unplanned commissions to the site, and a series of music acts will perform throughout the duration of the event.
The curators of FIGMENT Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago, please take a moment to read the FIGMENT Chicago 2013 Artist FAQ and the information on this page – to give you the necessary guidelines to submit your project as FIGMENT-worthy as possible!
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.
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.
Additionally, should you choose to take the project on the road to one of our other cities, you may reuse the project and apply it to other cities.
It is our hopes that this will create an easier, more fluid submission process, archives for the artist and FIGMENT, as well as, a way to collect all the wonderful info FIGMENT needs to produce FIGMENT and support our artists.
Submit your art project for FIGMENT Weekend by 11:59pm ET on July 6, 2013, 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 July 6th to apply!
We will start notifying registered artists by May 11, 2013 if their project has been selected to be part of FIGMENT Chicago Weekend 2013.
As soon as we have accepted your project, we will hook you up with one of our FIGMENT Team Curators. He or she will be your contact, guiding light and trouble-shooter in the time leading up to and throughout FIGMENT Weekend.
Entries are encouraged from individuals or teams of any age or experience level, provided they are prepared to carry out the project.
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 Weekend project can be submitted by an individual or group of individuals. Projects will be included 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 Weekend. 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 Weekend imagine that it will be climbed on by 15 children at a time, kicked, walked on, etc. – for 8 hours a day, for 2 consecutive days. 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. Also when thinking about your submission, think about how your project will affect other projects. Is it noisy? Does it require quiet? Does it have the potential to be messy? Finally, remember that all artists must adhere to The Garfield Park Conservatory’s guidelines and rules, with regard to historic and environmental presentation and general safety.
- Context and Impact: When thinking about your submission, especially when you are bringing a performance to the Conservatory, 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 FIGMENT Chicago 2013 Artist FAQ.
- Sustainability: Please consider your materials carefully. Where do they come from? Where will they go after the weekend 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 Weekend is done, to leave The Garfield Park Conservatory 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 weekend projects will be installed at The Garfield Park Conservatory on August 9, 2013. Projects must be designed to be disassembled. De-installation will occur from 9PM Saturday, August 10 for one day projects and 5PM Sunday August 11 for 2 day projects. All projects must be removed by 10pm on Sunday, August 11. 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.
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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? The grounds of the Garfield Park Conservatory has a variety of settings, including the pavement of the parking lot and the grass of its garden campus. 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 during any days in which their project is on site.
- 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 proposal submissions open: By April 30, 2013
- Project proposal submissions deadline: July 6, 2013 (11:59pm CT)
- Notification of acceptance/rejection/how to fine tune your project: starting May 11, 2013
- Installation Starts: 10AM Friday, August 9, 2013
- Installation must be completed: by noon Saturday, August 10, 2013
- FIGMENT weekend: August 10-11, 2013
- Installation Removal begins: 5PM Sunday, August 11, 2013 (or 8PM Saturday for one-day projects)
- Installation Removal must be completed: 10PM Sunday, August 11, 2013
Please address any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at FIGMENT in August!