Are you thinking of bringing a tech art piece to our September 29th event? Great! We’ve hosted all manner of tech-driven pieces at Mosswood Park. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions, along with some advice to set your project up for success at FIGMENT Oakland 2018. Email us at [email protected] if we’ve left anything off!
- What are the event hours?
The event runs from 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday September 29th with peak hours from 1:00pm-5:00pm.
- What is the crowd like?
We’re expecting several thousand people over the day, everyone from infants to the elderly, with most attendees in the “families with young children” demographic.
- When does installation/deinstallation start?
Installation starts at 7am on the 29th and should be complete by 10am. Deinstallation starts at 6pm and should be complete by 8:00pm.
- Can I drive on the field during install/deinstall?
Yes. Cars and light trucks will be allowed on the field from 7:00am-9:00am and again from 6:30pm-8:00pm. You will need to discuss access points with your curator in advance.
- Is there a place to safely store installation supplies?
Yes, during the event we will have a place to store your installation supplies. Please do not store them in your vehicle.
- What are the cleanup expectations?
That you will bring all the supplies and manpower necessary to leave the park as you found it by 8pm the day of the event. Do note - Sunset is at 6:55pm and Mosswood Park is not well lit. If your project has a time-intensive breakdown, bring a headlamp.
- Is there artist parking?
The Mosswood Park parking lot is reserved for FIGMENT artists on a first come, first serve basis.
- Can you provide volunteers?
You should plan to have your project fully staffed by your own team. This includes both volunteers to run your interaction and any needed to assure the safety of our attendees. We will have some volunteers on hand to help with installation and deinstallation, although this should be pre-arranged with your curator. If you need help finding volunteers of any kind, let your curator know and they can help you brainstorm solutions. Interested in volunteering? We’d love to talk! http://oakland.figmentproject.org/volunteer
- Can you provide funding?
FIGMENT does not provide funding for the production, transportation, or insurance of works to, at, or from the park. FIGMENT encourages artists to apply for outside grants and fundraise for your project. Please note that no corporate sponsorship (including logos and credit lines) is permitted at the event, nor do we allow fundraising or sales at the event. There may be a small amount of money available for workshops. Please enquire with the Curation Team about the availability of such funds. [email protected]
- Can you provide transportation?
We will try to help artists pool transportation resources, but please be prepared to be self sufficient with your art.
- Can you provide power?
Yes! But you should pre-arrange it with your curator. Do note, if you want access to power, we need your project submitted by September 1st. After that, you are welcome to bring your own generator, although you will be responsible for its safety and gasoline needs.
- Is there wifi?
FIGMENT does not provide wifi so if your piece requires the internet you’ll need to bring your own hotspot.
- How does LED work fare at FIGMENT?
We’ve absolutely shown it! But since FIGMENT takes place during the day, it’s tough to get things dark enough to really let LED pieces shine (no pun intended). Some artists with brighter, more powerful LED pieces have had success showing in the trees by the amphitheater or in shade structures covered in blackout material. There is also limited indoor space available in the Rec Center if you need more absolute darkness If you have concerns or questions about whether your piece will work well, reach out to the curation team and let us know. if your LED piece needs power, please make sure your project is submitted by September 1st. After that, you are welcome to bring your own generator, although you will be responsible for its safety and gasoline needs.
- How does projection art fare at FIGMENT?
Not well due to the same reasons as LED pieces. If you have a piece you want to bring, and a solution that you think could work, we’d love to hear from you.
- How does mechanical or robotic art fare at FIGMENT?
Really well! We’ve had various robotic automata and Raspberry Pi driven pieces come to FIGMENT. We mainly ask that they not pose a safety threat to small fingers.
- How does inflatable art fare at FIGMENT?
Really well! Inflatables have been a staple for us from Day #1. Do note, if your inflatable needs power please make sure your project is submitted by September 1st. After that, you are welcome to bring your own generator, although you will be responsible for its safety and gasoline needs.
- How does video art fare at FIGMENT?
Really well so long as it appears on TVs or other screened devices. As stated above, the light issue makes projections difficult. However, if you have a projected video piece you want to bring, and a solution that you think could work, we’d love to hear from you.
- Are there any tech art types ill suited for FIGMENT?
Fire art, tesla coils, projectile-based art pieces, or anything that zaps spectators are not allowed at FIGMENT.
- This is a site specific project and I need a certain spot.
Great! We love site specific work and will try our best to accommodate it. Please let your curator know ASAP what your needs are. Do keep in mind that site specific installations should be submitted by September 1st. After that date, it will be harder - although not impossible - to place you appropriately.
- I need to place stakes in the ground, is that okay?
Maybe? It depends on the length and diameter of the stake and the location of your placement. Let your curator know and we’ll place you away from the sprinkler system to reduce risk to the park. In general, we prefer non-stake solutions such as sand bags and weights. Please keep this in mind when planning your project.
- Can I hang things from the trees?
If it’s very light, yes. But we cannot, under any circumstances, risk any damage to the trees. Please be gentle with the trees, and use a method of attachment that will not leave a mark or scar. Think cloth or rubber tubing. Please check with your curator before planning to hang elements from the trees.
- Got any general exhibition advice?
Bring water and snacks. Wear comfy shoes. If you’re in the main field bring sunblock and maybe a parasol. Invite your friends to come so you can have help and take breaks from the crowd. If you have them, bring business cards or a sign-up sheet for your mailing list. If you need help of any kind during the event, find anyone with a FIGMENT shirt on and we’ll do our best to find a solution.
Ready to submit? Great! Our submission portal can be found here - http://oakland.figmentproject.org/submit_a_project Priority placement ends on September 1st, if your project has specific placement or infrastructure needs please submit by that date.
If you’d like more feedback and discussion before submitting, you can email our curation team at [email protected] or find us at any of our meetups http://oakland.figmentproject.org/figment_oakland_2018_meetups.