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FIGMENT JXN 2013
Midtown Arts District
Project Submission Guide for FIGMENT JXN 2013
May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District CONTENTS Project Timeline Background Information Criteria for Your Proposal Submitting Your Proposal Things to Consider The 11 Principles of FIGMENT 3 4 5-7 8 9 10 .11 2 .
May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District PROJECT TIMELINE January 15th April 15th May 15th May 18th .19th May 20th Submissions Open Deadline to Submit Projects (Summer-Long AND FIGMENT Weekend) Start installing your project in Midtown FIGMENT Weekend!! Take-down of projects completed by End-Of-Day 3 .
active communication. the site can accommodate practically any artistic vision. The curators of FIGMENT Jackson invite proposals for interactive art of all mediums from local and regional artists. From installation. FIGMENT Jackson hopes to showcase a diverse range of interactive and collaborative works. The Midtown Arts District is located in the North Midtown neighborhood. and participation. as well as artists across the United States and internationally. with its central node at Millsaps Avenue and its boundaries expanding as the participants require. With a variety of buildings and vacant lots 4 acres. and significant fun. to dance and video. to performance art.May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District BACKGROUND INFO FIGMENT Jackson will take place in the Midtown Arts District. Selected works will highlight FIGMENT principles such as inclusion. The 3rd-annual FIGMENT Jackson is an ongoing two-day event designed to promote spontaneous collaboration. The city and neighborhood has plans to redevelop much of the area. and we see FIGMENT as a way to bring the vitality of art and collaboration to the area’s future. 4 . and a series of music acts will perform throughout the duration of the event. Scheduled artists will commingle with contributors bringing unplanned commissions to the site. self-reliance. Some funding may be available for select projects and certain proposals may be invited to remain in Jackson as permanent installations.
sustainability. This could be as simple as a way visitors can move. or fundamentally altering the art project over the course of the weekend. Projects can include but are not limited to: installations. music. Projects will be selected based on creativity. STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY This is not a traditional art event. Your proposal should state a clear concept. In the questionnaire. When you design a piece for FIGMENT Weekend imagine that it will be climbed on by 15 5 . games. adding to. It could also involve transforming. structural integrity.May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District CRITERIA FOR YOUR PROPOSAL FIGMENT participants can choose to enter their submission in one of the categories covering two main fields: Performance or Installation. interactivity. INTERACTIVITY Your project MUST provide for ongoing interactivity and participation from visitors to FIGMENT Weekend. theme or central idea. and community involvement: CREATIVITY Your piece should be visually stunning and wildly innovative. or simply involving the audience in your performance. budget. Your FIGMENT Weekend project can be submitted by an individual or group of individuals. multimedia. (roving) performances. workshops. electronic art. influence. please be sure to fully explain how your project will be participatory and engage visitors at FIGMENT. or play with your art. feasibility.
walked on. kicked. if possible please consider creating your work 6 . Keeping that in mind. If it rains. for 2 consecutive days. remember that all artists must adhere to The Midtown Arts District’s guidelines and rules. is shiny or removable will be played with and pulled on in ways you did not imagine. anything that moves. Is it noisy? Does it require quiet? Does it have the potential to be messy? Finally. with regard to historic and environmental presentation and general safety. and water will gather in low-lying areas. etc. Where do they come from? Where will they go after the weekend is over? Given the temporary nature of any installation. there is limited shelter. think about how your project will affect other projects.May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District CRITERIA FOR YOUR PROPOSAL children at a time. especially when you are bringing a performance. think about how your project will affect other projects. Also when thinking about your submission. build for the apocalypse and consider a modular design for ease of transport and installation and de-installation. Is it noisy? Does it require quiet? Does it have the potential to be messy? SUSTAINABILITY Please consider your materials carefully. Although we have not had acts of intentional vandalism. – for 8 hours a day. CONTEXT AND IMPACT When thinking about your submission.
or from materials that can be temporarily appropriated and then reused after the installation. Artists are solely responsible for the successful installation and de-installation of their projects.May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District CRITERIA FOR YOUR PROPOSAL from found waste materials. installation. maintenance. FEASIBILITY Please note that you will be responsible for the design. One of FIGMENT’s main principles is Leave no Trace. Your proposal MUST include a cleanup plan. and to volunteering to help make the FIGMENT event and exhibitions happen. De-installation will occur from Saturday. 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. 7 . execution and de-installation of your project. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT FIGMENT is a large-scale participatory arts project that is created by a diverse community of volunteers. to leave The Midtown Arts District in a better state than you found it. May 20th. construction. We look forward to your being a part of this community. All weekend projects will be installed at The Midtown Arts District between May 15th and May 18th. Projects must be designed to be disassembled. May 18th through Monday.
the more personal attention you will get from our Curatorial Team! STEP TWO As soon as we have accepted your project. by filling out the questionnaire. we will hook you up with one of our FIGMENT Curators. Questionnaires: SUBMIT AN INSTALLATION SUBMIT A PERFORMANCE 8 . guiding light and trouble-shooter in the time leading up to and throughout FIGMENT Weekend. 2013. The earlier you submit your project.May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL STEP ONE Submit your art project by 11:59pm ET on APRIL 15th. He or she will be your contact.
or for installation or de-installation. or advertising. your curator will answer any questions you might have during the course of preparing for. • Artists will work with their assigned curator to realize their project. and experience of FIGMENT are guided by 11 principles. • Artists must plan to personally be on site during any days in which their project is on site. FIGMENT staff will work with you and your curator to try and assist with volunteer needs. We will not substitute consumption for experience. installing and de-installing your project. • Selected artists will be asked to sign a waiver before they submit their project. one of which is DECOMMODIFICATION. the development. however. production. signifying that they understand what will be asked of them from FIGMENT to install and de-install. FIGMENT seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships. • What type of location would suit your project? Pavement? A warehouse space? The Midtown Arts District has indoor and outdoor space. precise placement of projects is at the discretion of the FIGMENT planning team. Remember that FIGMENT is about radical self-reliance. You may request a type of location. transactions. • Artists are responsible for any volunteers needed during the weekend. but we cannot promise anything. 9 .May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District THINGS TO CONSIDER • Draw inspiration from other communitybased arts events.
DECOMMODIFICATION FIGMENT seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships.May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District THE 11 PRINCIPLES OF FIGMENT Drawing inspiration from other community-based arts events. SELF-EXPRESSION Each individual and collaborating group has unique qualities. We welcome and respect the stranger. transactions. INCLUSION Anyone may be a part of FIGMENT. We will not substitute consumption for experience. no prerequisites exist for participation except willingness to work and play. We achieve being through doing. In this spirit. can occur only through deeply personal participation. the development. whether in the individual or in society. the giver should respect the rights and liberties of others. production. or advertising. and experience of FIGMENT are guided by these 11 principles: PARTICIPATION Transformative change. SELF-RELIANCE FIGMENT encourages the individual to discover. Everyone is invited to work. 10 . exercise and rely on his or her inner resources. Everyone is invited to play. and through self-expression can offer a gift to others.
We clean up after ourselves to leave each place in a better state than we found it. We endeavor to produce this event in a way that fosters a civil society and that is socially responsible. GRATITUDE We believe it is important to remind ourselves where we come from. Giving does not imply a return or an exchange for something of equal value. 11 .May 18th & 19th | FIGMENT JXN 2013 | Midtown Arts District THE 11 PRINCIPLES OF FIGMENT GIVING FIGMENT is devoted to acts of gift giving and volunteering. and to appreciate what has been given to us to get us to where we are. IMMEDIACY Too often the limit for creative expression is the barrier between our inner selves and the selves that we present to the world. and approach our relations to others from a place of gratitude for their efforts. we can gain a profound appreciation for the opportunities that lie in each time and place. CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY Each participant in FIGMENT is responsible for creating a civil environment for all other participants. who hope that each participant brings an attitude of giving. We are not entitled to anything. FIGMENT itself is a gift from volunteer artists and event staff. COMMUNAL EFFORT We seek to create an environment ripe for each individual to achieve personal artistic transformation — but the creation of such an environment can be done only through creative cooperation and collaboration. By breaking down that barrier. LEAVE NO TRACE We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather.
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