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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION:
FIGMENT DETROIT 2012 JULY 21-22 ON BELLE ISLE, DETROIT
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, and Boston in 2011. In 2012, 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. The 11 Principles of FIGMENT will help you understand where we’re coming from.
This year, FIGMENT DETROIT will take place during the weekend of July 21-22.
We are excited to announce FIGMENT DETROIT is now accepting art project submissions for the 2012 event!
Before you submit an art project proposal, please take a moment to read the 2012 Detroit Weekend Participant Tips&Tricks Guide, which includes Tips and Tricks to help get you started.
To Submit a Proposal:
Fill out the entry form by 11:59pm ET on June 15, 2012. The earlier you submit your project, the more help our Curatorial Team will be able to provide you! So please don’t wait until June 15 to fill out the form!
We will begin notifying artists by June 1, 2012 if your project has been selected to be part of FIGMENT DETROIT 2012.
If you already know what you’re doing, then SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT now!
If you need a little more info, here’s the criteria we use to evaluate your Project Proposal.
In 2012, FIGMENT is doing things slightly differently than in prior years. There are now only two categories: Performance and Installation.
PERFORMANCES OR EVENTS happen only at specific times. Some examples include stationary or roving dance, music, theater, interactive workshops or activities, performance art, and social experiments.
INSTALLATIONS are fixed-location works of art that remain up for the duration of FIGMENT. Some examples include sculptures, collectives, and multimedia projects.
Your FIGMENT project can be submitted by an individual or collective of individuals of any age or experience level. Projects will be selected based on creativity, interactivity, structural integrity, context and impact, sustainability, feasibility, budget, and community involvement.
Creativity: Your project, whether it’s an installation or a performance, should be visually stunning and wildly innovative. Your proposal should state a clear creative concept, theme or central idea.
Interactivity: Your project MUST provide continuous interactivity with visitors. This could be as simple as a way visitors can move, influence, or play with your art, or by engaging the audience in your performance. It could also involve you or the audience transforming, adding to, or otherwise fundamentally altering the art project over the course of the weekend. In the Submission form, please be sure to fully explain how your project will be participatory and interactively 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 Weekend understand that it will be climbed on by 15 people at a time, kicked or walked on for 2 days straight. 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 tear-down. Also keep in mind that anything that moves, is shiny or removable will be played with and pulled on in ways you may not have intended.
Context and Impact: When thinking about your submission, especially if you are planning a Performance, 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 Belle Isle guidelines and rules, with regard to historic and environmental presentation and general safety.
Sustainability: Please consider your materials carefully. Where do they come from? Where will they go after the weekend is over or when your project is done? Given the temporary nature of these Installations and Performances, please consider creating your work from found waste materials, or using waste materials in your project that can be reused after your project is done. Another thing to keep in mind is that 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 cleaning up your project after FIGMENT Weekend is done, to leave Belle Isle 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 tear-down of your project. Installations must be designed to be disassembled. Your proposal MUST include a cleanup plan. All Installation projects will be placed on Belle Isle by 10am Saturday July 21, 2012. Tear-down will occur after 6pm on Sunday July 22, the island closes at 10pm.
Budget: Think carefully about how you will acquire the materials for your installation performance. FIGMENT is an entirely volunteer-run organization and therefore unable to supply materials or funding 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 volunteering to help make the FIGMENT Weekend a success.
In addition to the selection criteria above, we encourage you to carefully review the 2012 Detroit Weekend Participant Tips&Tricks Guide and consider the Artist Responsibilities before submitting your proposal.
Submissions open: March 1
Project submission deadline: June 15 (11:59pm EST)
Notification of acceptance/rejection/how to fine tune your project: starting June 1, 2012
Installation and setup start: Dates will depend on installation requirements
Installation completion: by 10am Saturday July 21, 2012
FIGMENT Weekend: July 21-22, 2012
Tear-down begins: 6pm Sunday July 22, 2012
Tear-down completion: by 10pm Sunday July 22, 2012
Please address any questions to DETcuratorial@figmentproject.org.
See you at FIGMENT in July!