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.
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. Indoor space may be available for certain projects, though we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor environment on Governors Island. 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!
Key projects will be given placement on the island 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.
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 island. 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 other than food and beverages from licensed vendors contracted through Governors Island.
Arrangements must be made with the FIGMENT team for all deliveries, installations, and de-installations to or from Governors Island. Once you have submitted your project, you can speak about logistical needs in more detail with one of our curators or email NYClogistics@figmentproject.org.
Artists are encouraged to set up and break down their exhibits before and after FIGMENT, instead of during the event itself. The island will be open for project installation during the week leading up to FIGMENT. You must receive confirmation from a FIGMENT curator for your date and time of installation, as the ferries during the week are not open to the public and your name must be on a ferry list. Please bring ID to the ferry as it will be checked and you will be turned away otherwise. If you need to set up during the event, there will be early AM non-public ferries available that also require approval from a curator.
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 area 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 email NYCcuratorial@figmentproject.org for more information on how to curate a DJ area.
Please do not distribute fliers or printed materials at FIGMENT. We are trying to provide as waste-free an event as possible.
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.
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 island; keep the list with you so that you can get participants excited about your project.
The short answer is no. FIGMENT ferries have limited space and the Island has asked us to minimize car traffic. However, if you absolutely need your car to transport materials for your project AND have corresponded with a FIGMENT curator about bringing your vehicle on a specific ferry to install, then it is permitted. Please note: if you arrive at the terminal with your vehicle and have not received FIGMENT approval for ferry transport, you will be turned away by the ferry staff. Additionally, any time you bring a vehicle on the island, we will need to provide the ferry staff with the list of all driver and passenger names and the make, model and license plate number of the vehicle. Please be very specific in your submission if you need to bring a car to the island for the installation of your project.
FIGMENT promotes radical 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: NYCcuratorial@figmentproject.org.
We encourage you to bring projects that you can carry while walking on to a public ferry. 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 island. Please take your portable project with you when you leave the island and leave no trace.
Is it possible to be on the island at night to project my light art, guard my art, build my sculpture, etc.?
We have been told in no uncertain terms that there is absolutely no nighttime access to the island possible this year. Everybody has to leave on or before the last regular ferry of the day.
While FIGMENT does try to have a presence on Governors Island during all public hours this should NOT constitute the extent of your safety plan. You should design your project to stand independently.
No. While we have been fortunate enough to be able to loan out tables and chairs owned by Governors Island at FIGMENT in the past, we share the island with a lot of other programs and no longer have access to these materials. Please bring any and all tables and chairs that you need to make your project a success.
If it’s very very light, yes. But we cannot, under any circumstances, risk any damage to the trees. So please be gentle with the trees, and use a method of attachment that will not leave a mark or scar the tree in any way. Think cloth – preferably no paper strings, since they will stick or leak color on any tree as soon as it starts raining and that is almost impossible to remove when you de-install your project. Please check with your curator before hanging. Also, many of the trees on Governors Island are large and lack low hanging branches. Think BIG tall trees. We cannot assign you a specific tree.
Please notify your curator if any projects involve compressed gas.
Animals are not allowed on the island – unless it's a seeing eye dog or there’s some other legitimate medical reason for you to bring any animal to the island. For Governors Island's rules and regulations, click here.
There are designated areas supplied by vendors on the island. All alcohol consumption must stay within these areas.
FIGMENT is for everyone—and very kid- and family-friendly. The event is great for kids! Governors Island is a public place and everything at FIGMENT is appropriate and fun for people of all ages! No precautions necessary... but do bring everything you'd need for a day out! Sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks, et cetera.