Submissions for FIGMENT DC 2015 are now CLOSED
Projects are welcome in every medium imaginable — from sculpture and installations to performance, workshops, games, robots, electronic art, music, dance, … whatever you can dream up!
This is not a competition. We believe we will have room to accommodate virtually everyone's project as long as it meets the basic FIGMENT criteria for interactivity and safety. Each entry will be reviewed on its own merits and we will try to get approval decisions out as quickly as possible after submission so that you'll have lots of time to get your project done.
FIGMENT DC will showcase a diverse range of interactive and collaborative works. We invite proposals for interactive art of all mediums from local and regional artists. From installation, to performance art, to dance and video, to anything else! If you have an art car, bring it! We might not be able to get you on grass, but we'll hook you up with an awesome parking spot right up close.
Please join our mailing list to ensure you learn about all upcoming opportunities for how you can get involved! If you'd like to participate in a FIGMENT earlier in the year, we encourage you to do so! New York and Boston perhaps? Or maybe Toronto, Chicago, San Diego... the list goes on and on!
FIGMENT’S 11 Principles
FIGMENT practices 11 Principles, and we encourage you to become familiar with them, too. From the principles of Participation and Inclusion to Civic Responsibility and Gratitude, we all work together to create the world we call FIGMENT. We hope you’ll join us on this adventure!
The submission deadline is Friday, August 14th at 11:59pm.
If you submitted a project to FIGMENT in 2013 or 2014 and would like to submit the same project in 2015, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to submit a new project for a FIGMENT DC 2015 event, please follow the instructions below:
To begin the process, create an account on the FIGMENT Artist Submission Portal. This is your account to keep, so please make a note of your username and password. Once you’ve created an account, and can log in, we recommend that you change your password to something you’ll remember.
From there it’s easy!
But WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU READ THROUGH THE INFO BELOW BEFORE YOU SUBMIT. We’ve had some questions from artists about the submission process, and we’ve worked hard to address them here.
When you start the process, you’ll be able to select the city for which you’d like to submit your project, and begin working your way through the various questions. Keep in mind the following notes:
- You can SAVE your project as often as you’d like and come back to make changes to it. You will receive an email from FIGMENT Project when you start work on your project. Keep in mind that once you SUBMIT your project, you will no longer have access to the details of your work. However, we encourage you to SAVE repeatedly until you are completely satisfied with your work. You will not be able to SUBMIT until you have completed all required data sections. If you think you’re ready to submit and the system won’t let you, it means that you’ve missed a spot somewhere.
- Once you submit, you will receive another email from FIGMENT Project that will say “This email confirms that you have successfully submitted a new project in the FIGMENT Artist Portal called ProjectName for FIGMENT DC 2015. Please note that this email does NOT mean that your project has been accepted for FIGMENT DC 2015, only that you’ve successfully submitted it for further review. A curator will contact you in the next few days with further information and instructions.”
- Please note that if you click on one of the tabs at the top of the portal, it will NOT save your work. Only clicking “Next” or “Save” will save your work.
- If you’re coming back into the portal to rework your originally saved project, click on the button that says, “Click to Submit a Project” and it’ll bring you to where you can edit your saved submission.
Details of the Submission Form – Please Read Carefully
Here’s what you’ll find on the submission form:
- Please answer each question with an asterisk, especially those that request a “Yes or No”, as you work through the submission form. You won’t be able to submit your project until each required question is answered.
Accept the Waiver – Accept Policies. When you click on these buttons, the waiver and policy will pop up and you’ll have the option to accept or cancel.
Primary and Secondary Contact Info – This information is private, and is only available to FIGMENT staff.
Publicly Visible Info. This information about your Project will appear on the FIGMENT DC website, but not until we approve your project and get all text ready for publication. Please note that we have no intention to post your personal email addresses. However, if you provide a website to either your organization or your project, we will link to it on our page of Projects and Artists.
Project Image. This should be an HTML file. (The application form does not say this yet, but we’re working to get this fixed.)
Description about your Project. The more details you can provide us, the better. Please note that there are questions that discuss fire, compressed gas, water, etc. Fire and gas projects or anything with hazardous materials, at this time, are not permitted at FIGMENT DC. We can talk with you about specific permit requirements on the chance that we can make an exception.
Scheduling. You’ll need to check the box about submitting to perform on a stage whether you are or not. Also, as you look at “Your Project’s Time Commitment to FIGMENT,” please note that FIGMENT DC 2015 hours will be from 11am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Infrastructure Requirements. For instance, do you need power? If so, do you have your own generator? We’ll need a lot of detail about your infrastructure equipment, so please be prepared to provide that. ***If you will have a shade structure, you must provide information about the make and model, and be prepared to show fire proof certificates for each structure. Basic 10'x10' pop-ups do not require fire retardant certificates, but we need to know that you’re bringing them ahead of time; the permitting process is really complicated in DC. (Please note that there is a not currently a question that specifically requests info about your shade structure. Please help us with this and fill it in with your infrastructure requirement info.)
Set-up and Break-down Plan. Our team will be happy to work with you to solidify your plan if you require more than an hour or two for set-up. Otherwise, we plan that set-up will happen on Saturday morning, before FIGMENT begins at 11am, and strike will happen Sunday evening, after FIGMENT ends at 5pm. Please be specific with your clean-up plan, as well. FIGMENT is not responsible for any of the trash your project may create, so be prepared to carry out all that you carry in.
- Personal Artist Background, Donations, and Financial Commitment. Please share info about your art, and any additional materials you can donate to the event or other FIGMENT artists.
Our team is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have, so don’t hesitate to contact us. If you did not submit a project, please thoroughly read all of the information here and on our Artist FAQs. There’s lots of important information that you’ll need to know if you want to bring your project unannounced to FIGMENT. As each project may have basic infrastructure requirements, it may be important that we know you’re planning to come so we can help anticipate your needs.
Please be sure to submit a project through the above application process if your project involves any of the following:
- Staking (for shade structures or putting anything into the ground)
- Shade structures
- Hanging items from trees (not allowed) or attaching items to park infrastructure (also not allowed)
- Lengthy set-up time (more than 30 minutes)
- Special transport requirements for set-up or take-down
Due to the large number of projects submitted, we cannot guarantee that we will have the ability to incorporate last minute infrastructure requirements such as permits, generators, and proper placement.
We strongly recommend participation on the day-of FIGMENT through games, activities, costumes, etc. Please remember that FIGMENT is a Leave No Trace event. We expect that all artists will be solely responsible for cleaning up after themselves and their projects. Additionally, all artists are asked to check-in upon arrival to sign a waiver and be shown your placement.
Please read through the Proposal Criteria below for more information. If you've submitted your project, you should be hearing from our FIGMENT team shortly. As soon as we have accepted your project, we will hook you up with our Curatorial Team, who will serve as a guiding light and trouble-shooter in the time leading up to and throughout FIGMENT Weekend.
Your FIGMENT DC project can be submitted by an individual or collective of individuals. Projects will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Creativity. Your project, whether it’s an installation or a performance, 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 DC. 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 day, or having the audience actually influence the course, content, and outcome of your performance or project. In the questionnaire, please be sure to fully explain how your project will be participatory and engage visitors at FIGMENT.
- Structural Integrity. If you are bringing an installation to FIGMENT, keep in mind that this is not a traditional art event. When you design a piece for FIGMENT DC, imagine that unless otherwise specified, it may be climbed on by 15 people at a time, kicked, walked on, etc – for hours at a windy waterfront park. If it rains, there is limited shelter, water will gather in low-lying areas and grass will turn muddy. Keeping that in mind, build for the apocalypse and consider a modular design for ease of transport and installation and de-installation. Although we do not anticipate acts of intentional vandalism, anything that moves, is shiny or removable will likely be played with and pulled on in ways you did not imagine.
- 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? All artists must adhere to Anacostia Park guidelines and rules, with regard to environmental presentation, impact, and general safety.
- Sustainability. Please consider your materials carefully. Where do they come from? Where will they go after the event is over or when 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. 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 DC is done, to leave Anacostia Park in a better state than you found it.
- 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. At this time, we believe that all projects will be installed on Saturday, September 26, 2015 between 8am-11am. On a case-by-case basis, and if permitted by Anacostia Park, arrangements may be made to drop off larger pieces and materials Friday night. Cars and trucks are not allowed on the grass in the park, so be prepared to carry your materials to your site. Projects should be designed to be disassembled. De-installation will occur immediately after FIGMENT, on Sunday, September 27, from 5pm-7pm. Your proposal MUST include a breakdown of expected installation time, de-installation time and 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 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. We encourage artists to seek outside sources of funding.
- 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.
- Leave No Trace. Interactive art pieces can frequently have a lot of small pieces involved, such as paint, glitter, or small pieces of paper. Please consider this as you submit your proposal, as FIGMENT is an Leave No Trace event and the park is alongside the river. Wing gusts can quickly make a mess out of the most well thought-out plan.
We encourage you to consider the following before bringing your project to FIGMENT.
- 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, and you may not sell your art on site.
- What type of location would suit your project? A grass space? Pavement? Slanted ground? Flat? Water? Anacostia Park offers a range of canvases for your art and diverse potential platforms for your performance. We strongly encourage all artists to visit the beautiful park around the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion for both inspiration and to see firsthand your placement possibilities before submitting your proposal. Please realize there will be no indoor room available, though we may be able to include your project in or under the skating pavilion. A map of the park can be found here.
- Artists who bring an installation must plan to personally be on site throughout the event.
- Artists are responsible for any volunteers or additional performers needed during the event, or for installation or de-installation. FIGMENT staff will work with you to try and assist with volunteer needs, but we cannot promise anything. Remember that FIGMENT is about radical self-reliance. If your project requires a team, bring a team!
- Artists who are bringing an installation or building a performance area are responsible for transportation of all materials to and from Anacostia Park. Also, FIGMENT will host a series of Meet-and-Greet events leading up to FIGMENT DC. This is a good place to meet other participants and perhaps collaborate on ways to share materials and transportation needs/costs.
- All artists will be asked to agree to a waiver online before they submit their project, and will be asked to sign the same waiver in person prior to installation or performance setup.