A new, day-long, annual interactive art event in Reverchon Park to be held on Oct. 20, 2018. Figment Dallas is a free public festival with all self funded, participatory art projects. This annual festival is outside and features local artists creating interactive and participatory visual artwork, performance art, offering music, costuming, large scale sculptures, immersive environment installations, art cars/bikes, hands-on creative workshops, and video installations. No vending, no artist stipends, no sponsors/logos. Open to the public and free for all ages.
FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT PROJECT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in NYC with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, fundraising capability, exhibitions, locations, overall level of commitment and participation, and public support.
FIGMENT’s vision for art looks past the white-walled galleries and into the realm of participation. Art is not just something that you stand still and quietly look at–it is something you participate in. You touch it, smell it, write on it, talk to it, dance with it, play with it, learn from it. Interactive art creates a dynamic collaboration between the artist, the audience and their environment.
FIGMENT’s goal is to advance social and personal transformation through creativity, in the form of free participatory arts events and exhibitions. FIGMENT is uninterrupted by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. Selling or advertising goods or services is not permitted. Neither our artists nor our planners and staff are paid: everything that you see at FIGMENT is born from a simple desire to share imagination with each other and the public.
In these challenging economic times, it is important that artists devise new ways to create, share, think, and dream about what is possible. FIGMENT is an alternative to many of the shortcomings of the commercial art world: exclusive, expensive, impersonal, untouchable and often simply boring.
Famous for his role in the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol believed that everyone had it in them to be a star for fifteen minutes. Through his own art, he defined his identity and shaped the world around him. He once commented that he’d like his tombstone to say only one word: “Figment.”
FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. FIGMENT Global is supported by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
FIGMENT Dallas is scheduled for its first event for October 20, 2018.
TIMELINE for FIGMENT Dallas 2018
- Sat. January 6, 2018 First fundraising event at Deep Ellum Art Co.
- early February TBD - Call for Artist Proposals
- late March fundraiser - 5x7 Art Auction at WAAS Gallery
- October 20, 2018 - FIGMENT Dallas at Reverchon Park from 10am - 10pm