Welcome to FIGMENT people, a series of stories about the people behind FIGMENT Oakland! We’ll meet some people on the core event team, artists and volunteers. Want to hear about a specific FIGMENT team member or volunteer? Email us and tell us who you’d like to see at email@example.com.
Kasey Smith was the Curatorial Director for the very first FIGMENT to take place in Oakland, 2014. Her role involved individual artist outreach, assisting artists with their project submissions, reviewing proposals and generally assisting artists with everything required to get their projects ready for FIGMENT. She also led a free workshop at the event all about seed bombs and the ins-and-outs of guerrilla gardening.
Kasey is extremely proud of her involvement in FIGMENT for many reasons, but the top might be how it allows her to bring the arts to a wider variety of people.
When asked why she chose to work on FIGMENT Oakland, she says, “I've worked on a lot of exclusive, underground interactive art projects and after a while they become slightly boring walled gardens. It's much more fulfilling to bring that kind of work to the general public, to kids and families, to people who don't greet this kind of interactive work with entitlement or jadedness.”
What else does she do when she’s not working on FIGMENT?
Kasey is a busy installation and performance artist making guerrilla work in and about Oakland, CA. Her artwork addresses local history, native ecologies, and the ephemerality of urban space. She’s currently working on two jewelry-based project series. One involves chainmail maps of Oakland neighborhoods pre and post development. The other is a series of conceptual "seed bombs" utilizing inventive methods of seed dispersal (breaking glass, eating candy, melting ice, etc). You can find her work right here.
In progress: A chainmail map of the Oakland Coliseum neighborhood, 1950 vs 2015.
Want to meet Kasey in person and say hello? Come to FIGMENT Oakland on October 24th! Or, even better, volunteer to help out right here.