FIGMENT Jax will take place on October 9th in Riverside Park. FIGMENT Jax 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 Jax 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 Jacksonville 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 Jax, 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!
Projects can include but are not limited to: installations, games, workshops, (roving) performances, Stage performances, multimedia, electronic art, and music.
Your FIGMENT 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 Jacksonville. 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. In the application, 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. Due to city rules, you can not stake down or otherwise dig into the ground or attach anything to a tree.
- 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 and reach out to us with any questions!
- 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 and to leave Riverside 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. Your proposal MUST include a cleanup plan. Artists are solely responsible for the successful installation and de-installation of their projects. Projects must be set up the morning of the event and taken down by noon on the day after the event.
- 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 encourage artists to seek outside sources of funding. If you are applying for a grant from us, please be very thorough in your budget proposal.
- Community Involvement: FIGMENT is a large-scale participatory arts event that is created by a diverse community of volunteers. We look forward to your being a part of this community!
Please address any questions to [email protected].
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? Riverside Park has mainly grassy space and some trees. 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; we 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 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.
The deadline for grant consideration is July 31st, 2021
The final deadline for project submissions is August 31st, 2021.
FIGMENT Jacksonville will be held on October 9th from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
All projects must be completely removed by 12:00 PM on October 10th. We are not responsible for lost or damaged work left overnight.