FIGMENT Opening Ceremony, Saturday 11am

Please join us for the kickoff to the FIGMENT NYC 2013 event, FIGMENT's 7th Season on Governors Island, and the official opening of the Head in the Clouds Pavilion on Saturday at 11am at the Parade ground! Come out to hear from Executive Producer David Koren, FIGMENT NYC Producer Andrea Kirk, and original songs by Son of Ed, including a new song about FIGMENT's principles! Jason Klimoski and Lesley Change, designers of Head in the Clouds Pavilion (winner of the 2013 City of Dreams Design Competition) will officially open the pavilion the public. We look forward to celebrating with you!

WHAT:
FIGMENT NYC 2013 Opening Event

WHEN:
Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 11am sharp
(please take the 10am ferry from Manhattan to be there on time)

WHERE:
Head in the Clouds Pavilion
in the middle of the Parade Ground
Governors Island, NYC Harbor

QUESTIONS?
Want to add something or bring something for the kickoff?
Email us at info@figmentproject.org.

See you at the FIGMENT NYC 2013 Opening Event!!


Less than 24 hours to FIGMENT NYC!

This is it! Come tomorrow 10AM, the magical getaway that is Governors Island will be transformed into a ginormous playground of participatory art. For two days, artists and participants are invited to stretch their own boundaries when they interact with works in every imaginable medium including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, experiences, site-specific pieces, social experiments, requests, challenges, guided meditations, performances based on audience input, sculptures that move or respond, heart-stopping technological innovations that change the way we see the world… and any combination thereof. In the words of The Village Voice: "FIGMENT has become one of the most exciting arts weekends within ferry distance of Manhattan." Check out our 2013 artists and projects here—and then come and see for yourself what the buzz is all about, at FIGMENT on Saturday June 8 and Sunday 9. See you on the island!

Want to volunteer at the event and be part of the Team? Sign up here for a shift on Saturday or Sunday!


7 More Days to Help FIGMENT NYC Come to Life!

Can you believe FIGMENT NYC is only a week and a half a way?  Can't wait to get to Governors Island and celebrate Participatory art? Why not start the party early and help us finalize the setup of our summer-long installations andweekend event? Our Minigolf CourseSculpture GardenTreeHouseThe Head in the Clouds Pavilion, and general build teams are always looking for able bodies and generous spirits to be part of finalizing construction! No building experience necessary! Whether you want to hold a drill, a paint brush, a hammer, or a hand, there is a job for you.

Sign up for a morning or afternoon shift and find yourself in the inner sanctum of pre-FIGMENT participation on what are looking to be some fantastically sunny days on a fantastical island! If you would like to be part of bulding the pavilion, please sign up here or send an email to headintheclouds@figmentproject.org for any questions. Want to help build/paint/touch-up any of the amazing summer-long projects or help with stage building or signage making? Sign up here!

In addition to pre-event support, we also need volunteers to help during the event. Those of you who volunteer your precious time during the event will receive a gorgeous FIGMENT 2013 T-shirt and an amazing experience to boot! Sign up here for June 8th and 9th shifts. Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you all on June 8-9 for the best FIGMENT NYC event yet!


Join us for the FIGMENT NYC 2013 Opening Event!

Please join us for the kickoff to the FIGMENT NYC 2013 event, FIGMENT's 7th Season on Governors Island, and the official opening of the Head in the Clouds Pavilion!
    • Original tunes from Singer Son of Ed, including a new song about FIGMENT's Principles
    • Opening remarks from FIGMENT Executive Producer David Koren and FIGMENT NYC Producer Andrea Kirk
    • An an eclectic mix of FIGMENT art and artists join the celebration!
WHAT:       
FIGMENT NYC 2013 Opening Event 
WHEN:       
Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 11am sharp 
(please take the 10am ferry from Manhattan to be there on time)
WHERE:

in the middle of the Parade Ground

Governors Island, NYC Harbor
QUESTIONS? 
Want to add something or bring something for the kickoff?
See you at the FIGMENT NYC 2013 Opening Event!

See You at FIGMENT NYC (June 8-9)!

FIGMENT NYC is almost here! Our seventh annual FIGMENT NYC event on Governors Island will take place on June 8-9, from 10am to 6pm. Check out the event details here. We'll be posting details on specific art projects and performances soon. FIGMENT NYC marks the unveiling of the 2013 City of Dreams Pavilion, "Head in the Clouds" by StudioKCA, as well as our interactive sculpture garden, and artist-designed minigolf course.

Coming to FIGMENT NYC? Let us know on Facebook, and invite your friends! While we're at it, please like FIGMENT NYC on Facebook, and follow FIGMENTNYC on Twitter for frequent updates.

Want to help make FIGMENT NYC as awesome as it can be? Sign up to volunteer, and come and join our FIGMENT team, artists, and volunteers for the last FIGMENT NYC Meet and Greet before FIGMENT NYC, on Monday, May 20, from 7-10pm at Sidebar, on 15th Street and Irving Place. We'll have lots of FIGMENT NYC postcards for you to help spread the word about FIGMENT NYC to everyone you know!

See you at FIGMENT... if not sooner!


THIS WEEKEND: FIGMENT JACKSON (Mississippi!)

If you're in the South this weekend (May 18-19), join us at FIGMENT Jackson! This is our third annual event in the wonderful city of Jackson... Full details are here. See you there!


April 18: SPARK! A creative fundraiser in DC

Join the FIGMENT DC Team for their FUN-raiser at Zeba, on Thursday, April 18th for a night of creative play. Save up your change for the silent auction, test your luck at the raffle, and explore your alternate personas during the sock puppet speed dating game. We're raising money to support FIGMENT DC, and we want YOU to be there! Learn more here!

What: Spark!
Where: Zeba Bar and Grill, 3423 14th St NW Washington, DC 20010
When: Thursday April 18 8PM-Midnight
Tickets: Pre-Sale $20, Door $25


April 2: FIGMENT's The Factory Gala!

Only 4 days to go until FIGMENT's The Factory Gala! On Tuesday April 2 we celebrate our history and our future, as FIGMENT grows up, gets serious, and makes an impact in cities around the world through participatory art. You'll love it, if only for our open bar, hors d'oeuvres, performances and VERY special guests. But did you know about our awesome raffle prizes and silent art auction? You have the opportunity to take home some seriously amazing art! Check out a full preview of the astounding art we'll be auctioning at the event right here

If bidding on art that you love is exciting, how does winning awesome art in a raffle sound? Super plus exciting, that's how. For only $5 you have one chance to win any of these amazing raffle prizes: check out our beautiful prizes right here.

And then: Turn on, tune in—and get your tickets today!

Please note that online ticket sales END on Monday April 2 at 7PM! There will likely be limited tickets available at the door.

WHAT: THE FACTORY GALA, a cocktail party & silent auction to benefit FIGMENT
WHEN: Tuesday April 2, 2013 from 6pm – 10pm
WHERE: Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street, NYC
DRESS: Like you were there!
TICKETS: $100 Single Ticket ($75 of each ticket is tax-deductible) / Bring your friends: $350 for 4 tickets
Invite your friends on Facebook!

 


Calls for Participation FIGMENT 2013 in Geelong, San Diego, NYC and JXN now open!

Submissions are now open for FIGMENT 2013 events in Geelong, Australia (March 23-24), San Diego (April 7), Jackson, MS (May 18-19), NYC (June 8-9), and the summer-long exhibitions in NYC!
Project submissions are welcome in every medium imaginable — Your FIGMENT project can be anything... A game, an experiment, a request, a challenge, a guided meditation, a performance based on audience input, a sculpture that moves or responds, a heart-stopping technological innovation that changes the way we see the world… Anything that gets people working and playing and creating together.

To submit a project for our first-ever FIGMENT Geelong in Australia, click here. Submission deadline for Geelong is February 10, 2013.
To submit a project for our first-ever FIGMENT San Diego, click here. Submission deadline for San Diego is March 4, 2013.
To submit a project for FIGMENT JXN, click here. Submission deadline for JXN is March 30, 2013.
To submit a project for FIGMENT NYC, click here. Submission deadline for NYC is April 25, 2013.

Stay tuned for submissions opening in other 2013 cities!

Now is also the time to register for our season-long 2013 FIGMENT Minigolf Course. Registration closes on March 1, 2013.
For those of you who haven't registered yet, the deadline for our 2013 Sculpture Garden on Governors Island, NYC has been extended to February 15, 2013.
2013 also marks the first Call for Proposals for a FIGMENT summer-long installation in JXN! Registration closes on March 30, 2013.

What are you bringing?

 


The City of Dreams Pavilion 2012-2013 Head in the Clouds Bottle Collection

The City of Dreams Pavilion, Head in the Clouds, to be installed this summer on Governors Island, will be a venue where visitors can lose themselves in both the cloud-like structure, as well as the clouds in the sky around them. The pavilion requires an assortment of 16 oz/24 oz clear water bottles and 1 gallon milk/water jugs totaling 53,780 bottles.

In order for us to reach our goal, we have undertaken a collection effort which solicits donations from organizations with access to large amounts of bottles, as well as small businesses throughout NYC, offices, and schools.

Head in the Clouds received a donation of over 26,000 bottles from the Philadelphia Marathon on 11/18/12! Here's a recap of our bottle collecting adventure to Philadelphia!

Saturday 11.17.2012


The bottles that were donated by the Philadelphia Marathon were left over from last year's marathon. The bottles remained in a storage warehouse to be used the following year. Due to exposure to sun, the water in the bottles unexpectedly became contaminated. The bottles were going to be discarded until we came to the rescue!

Armed with 4 trucks and a team of 12 volunteers, we emptied all of the water bottles, then loaded the emptied bottles into our trucks back to NYC, totaling 26,968 bottles! The simple repetitious task of emptying these bottles was a great opportunity to connect with the STUDIOKCA designers , friends of the designers, two marathon participants, and two local Philadelphia artists who all formed our strong indomitable team.

With thoroughly worked hands and all trucks loaded to a reasonable capacity, we ended the night with a small sense of victory and a curiosity for tomorrow's jug collection initiative at the marathon; but first, some dinner and sleep.

Sunday 11.18.12

The marathon began at 6 am; arriving before the streets along the marathon route were closed was imperative. With a group of 7, we split into four small teams, each team collecting water jugs from one of the four designated water stops.

My team member who had arrived to the site before I did, won the trust and support of the marathon volunteers. Within moments, we were all working together to fulfill the others goal. We helped the volunteers distribute water jug boxes, set up refreshment tables, as well as set up a system for recycling all of the material used. They helped us by collecting and loading all empty water jugs into our truck. What an amazing group of students!

With all four trucks loaded with empty 24 oz water bottles, full 24 oz water bottles, and dozens of empty 1 gallon water jugs, we were all ready to head back to NYC. Mission accomplished.

Thank you Philadelphia for being awesome!

Current Collection
Total Empty 16 oz/24 oz bottles: 15,088
Full 16 oz/24 oz: 11,880
Empty 1 gallon Jugs: 3,527

Still To Collect

Empty 16 oz /24 oz bottles: 26, 032
Empty 1 gallon jugs: 9, 973

If you would like to become part of the Head in the Clouds team or become part of the bottle collection initiative, please fill out this very short sign up sheet.
For General information, click here.

Stay tuned for more Head in the Clouds news, bottle collection efforts, and recaps!

Rocket Osborne
Project Manager
FIGMENT

A special thank you to: StudioKCA Jason Klimoski, Cory Zwerlien, Brian Chu; Amanda Zwerlien, Carla Clifford, Martin Schiff, Zeut Ryot Space Pirate, Teejay Feejay Space Pirate,Cynthia Weatherford, Magdalena Lejman, Michelle Okeon, David Parrott, Ravi Patel + Highschoolers, and Tracey Olkus for being our wonderful Philly hostess!!!