Artist FAQs

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Who can submit a project to FIGMENT?
Anyone can submit a project to FIGMENT! Adults, children, professional artists or those looking to create their first piece! Anyone who can bring their project to FIGMENT by their own means and de-install it when the event is over is welcome to submit. The Artists' Portal for participation in FIGMENT San Diego 2015 is NOW OPEN!!! The deadline to submit your proposal is June 12th

What can content be?
In the past, FIGMENT has hosted a wide variety of artistic endeavors… Street theater, costuming, sculpture, inflatable art, dance, performance art, installations, social experiments, mobile art, workshops, games, community building projects, arts & crafts, sound art, bands & DJs, lectures & seminars on themes of participatory art & culture, and anything else you can imagine! Please do remember that FIGMENT is an event for everyone when deciding on subject matter for your project.

Installations, performances, activities, or other projects that can be set up outdoors are welcome. We may have stages available for performances, and certain parts of Chicano Park may provide suitable stage-like areas. You can set up your own area or host a scheduled event or performance. If you have an idea for FIGMENT and have questions about whether it’s plausible, don’t hesitate to get in touch. No matter what you do, the one requirement is that it somehow engages audience participation. Just bring it to FIGMENT and try it out!

What are the deadlines?
Key projects will be given placement on a rolling basis. If you have a large project or a project that requires specific placement or infrastructure, please submit it as soon as possible so that we can accommodate it. The final deadline for project submission is June 12, 2015. Submit your project here: FIGMENT San Diego 2015 Artists' Portal.

What about funding?
FIGMENT is a community-based event organized and run by volunteers. Its success is dependent on community participation. FIGMENT does NOT provide funding for the production, transportation, or insurance of works to, at, or from the site. FIGMENT encourages artists to apply for outside grants and fundraise for your project within your personal capacity. Please note that no corporate sponsorship (including logos and credit lines) is permitted at the event. In addition, nothing may be sold at the event.

When can I install my project? What are the installation and setup hours?
Arrangements must be made with the FIGMENT team for all deliveries, installations, and de-installations to or from Chicano Park. Once you have submitted your project, you can speak about logistical needs in more detail with one of our curators.
Artists are encouraged to set up and break down their exhibits before and after FIGMENT, instead of during the event itself. Chicano Park will be open for project installation starting at 6 AM on Saturday, June 27th.

When can I de-install my project?
Artists must de-install by 10PM on June 27th.

Can I DJ at FIGMENT?
If you would like to DJ at FIGMENT, we would recommend getting together with friends to propose a project as a collective, and making your DJ stage part of the proposal. Previous FIGMENT events have had collectives including Disorient, Fairytale Collective, and Wax, all of which included DJs as part of their themed area. If you want to propose a project that involves multiple DJs, you will be responsible for curating the group during FIGMENT Weekend. Please contact sandiegocuratorial@figmentproject.org for more information on how to curate a DJ area.

Can I distribute fliers for my band/art project?
Please do not distribute fliers or printed materials at FIGMENT. We are trying to provide as waste-free an event as possible.

Can I sell my CD?
We kindly ask that you do not sell anything – including CDs – at FIGMENT. FIGMENT is an entirely free and non-commercial event in which everyone volunteers their time and effort to participate… the organizers, the artists, the participants. Interactions between people are not mediated by commercial transactions of any kind. Everything at FIGMENT is free, and there is no advertising, nothing for sale, and no one insisting that you have to give a donation to participate. We understand that many of you make your livelihoods by selling your art and we support you – FIGMENT is just not the time or place.

Can I collect email addresses for my mailing list?
Yes, you may collect addresses, but we ask that you manage the list and make it clear to participants that they are signing up for your list and not the FIGMENT list. Please do not leave unattended clipboards around the site; keep the list with you so that you can get participants excited about your project.

Can I bring my car?
There is limited on-site and street parking available at Chicano Park. Cars will be allowed on the site prior to the start of the event at 10:00AM on Saturday morning for installation. Parking will be available nearby but we would prefer if those spaces were left for participants.

There are some supplies that I need. Can I get them from FIGMENT?
FIGMENT promotes self reliance, so please make every effort to bring all the supplies that you need for your project. As an all volunteer event, we give our time and passion to the event, but it’s a bit more challenging to buy things. FIGMENT can help direct you to free, donated and low cost resources from which to source materials. Please get in touch with us for more information: sandiegocuratorial@figmentproject.org.

What if I did not submit a project to FIGMENT but I still want to bring it?
We encourage you to bring projects that you can carry into the site on foot. Projects will not be on our map or schedule, but FIGMENT is about serendipity and discovery so that’s quite all right. Unregistered projects will not have access to power, cannot be stored overnight and cannot be installed in a building or on any structure on the site. Please take your portable project with you when you leave the site and leave no trace.

When is FIGMENT?
FIGMENT San Diego 2015 takes place on Saturday, June 27th, 2015 from 10 AM until 6PM.

How do I get there?
Chicano Park is located in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego, along Logan Avenue and Cesar Chavez Parkway. There is a #11 bus stop within walking distance of the park.
Please visit San Diego Visitor Information for more tips and tricks for getting around San Diego.

Can I put stakes down or make holes in the ground?
The site is a combination of grassy areas with trees. So therefore height and space considerations must be taken into account. Be sure to communicate with your curatorial contact if you need a particular kind of space.

Can I bring tables and chairs?
Yes. Tables/chairs/shade tents/grills/ gargantuan coolers/ couches/kiddie pools are strongly encouraged.

Trees
Q: Can we hang anything (sign, art, string, etc.) from a tree?
A: No, please do not hang or affix anything from to any of the trees in Chicano Park. 

Compressed Gas
Q: Can I bring compressed gas to the site?
A: Please contact your curator if any projects involve compressed gas.

Alcohol
Alcohol is not allowed on the site.

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