Is FIGMENT a family-/kid-friendly event?
FIGMENT is for everyone—and every 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.
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2. 創意去商品化：FIGMENT 致力建立一個不受適業贊助、交易及廣告左右的創意平台，我們相信不需要以消費代替參與經驗。
3. 歡迎任何人：每一個人都可以是 FIGMENT 的一部份，我們沒有預置門檻，只要是願意參與和一同享受，我們也無任歡迎。
5. 發掘內在潛能：FIGMENT 鼓勵個人探索、挖掘和強化自我的潛能。
6. 給社會的禮物：FIGMENT 是本著義務性質，回饋社會的一份禮物。藉著參與的創作者、活動籌備小組和義工的無償付出，我們希望每位來訪參與者同樣視這個活動為一份著重人與人交流的禮物。
8. 共建公民環境：每一位 FIGMENT 的參與者均有責任為其他參與者建立具公民意識的友善環境。
10. 表裡如一: 局限創意的原因常常來自「真正的自己」與「希望向世界呈現的自己」之間的差異。打破這個障礙，讓我們藉這個創作平台的機會，真摰地以創作與人交流。
11. 飲水思源: 我們相信飲水思源的重要性，我們珍惜並且感謝活動內外曾經協助的朋友，以及整個社區。
What are FIGMENT's 11 Principles?
Drawing inspiration from other community-based arts events, the development, production, and experience of FIGMENT are guided by these 11 principles:
Transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play.
FIGMENT seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We will not substitute consumption for experience.
Anyone may be a part of FIGMENT; no prerequisites exist for participation except willingness to work and play. We welcome and respect the stranger.
Each individual and collaborating group has unique qualities, and through self-expression can offer a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of others.
FIGMENT encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
FIGMENT is devoted to acts of gift giving and volunteering. FIGMENT itself is a gift from volunteer artists and event staff, who hope that each participant brings an attitude of giving. Giving does not imply a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
We seek to create an environment ripe for each individual to achieve personal artistic transformation — but the creation of such an environment can be done only through creative cooperation and collaboration.
Each participant in FIGMENT is responsible for creating a civil environment for all other participants. We endeavor to produce this event in a way that fosters a civil society and that is socially responsible.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Taking everything with you and throwing it away is a great start, but it is only the beginning. We have to consider the long-term impact of everything we do, and continually find ways to decrease our impact on the natural environment.
Too often the limit for creative expression is the barrier between our inner selves and the selves that we present to the world. By breaking down that barrier, we can gain a profound appreciation for the opportunities that lie in each time and place.
We believe it is important to remind ourselves where we come from, and to appreciate what has been given to us to get us to where we are. We are not entitled to anything, and approach our relations to others from a place of gratitude for their efforts.
FIGMENT HK 是非牟利社團，我們的使命是創造具參與性及共融的文化活動與經驗，透過參與及共融的精神共建社區、啟發個人及社區的轉化。
What kind of art will I find at FIGMENT?
FIGMENT is open to all art and all artistic mediums—from opera to decorating cookies (and both have been at FIGMENT before). Art can include performance, 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!
We invite *everyone* to bring their art. Please do remember that FIGMENT is an event for everyone when deciding on subject matter for your project (while material can be adult-oriented, it should not be child-inappropriate). Also keep in mind that while some forms of art (ex: bands & DJs) are not participatory, we encourage everyone at FIGMENT to figure out a way to make the experience more interactive.
FIGMENT 創辦人 David Koren 在決定要在紐約外島舉辦一個藝術節後，在某天他洗澡時「FIGMENT」這個字突然出現在他腦海裡。他記起著名普普藝術家Andy Warhol 曾經說過，他死後保留墓碑上隻字不留，沒有墓銘誌、沒有名字，如果一定要有的話，那就寫上「FIGMENT」。Andy Warhol 的名言：每一個人都有十五分鐘成為明星。以 FIGMENT 為名，除了為了紀念活動起源於紐約外，以及借用Andy Warhol 的理念，寓意即將進行的這場藝術活動將短暫成為眾人焦點。
Why the name "FIGMENT"?
Thinking about the idea of an arts festival on the island, David Koren started to look for a name, something that could anchor the concept of the festival. David was in the shower one morning in late 2005 when the name “FIGMENT” popped into his head. David remembered that Andy Warhol had once been asked what he would like on his tombstone, and he replied, "I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'FIGMENT'."
Famous for his role in New York's artistic heritage and 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. By naming the arts event FIGMENT, it could reference both the great history of art in New York, and also the ephemeral nature of the arts event that was starting to be developed.
FIGMENT 的其中一個目的是希望把藝術帶出美術館、畫廊或劇院，並試圖拉闊藝術的定義，打破藝術家與旁觀者的高牆，鼓勵任何人參與其中。不論是表演、街頭劇場、雕塑、充氣藝術、跳舞、裝置藝術、社會實驗、流動藝術、工作坊、遊戲、社區建設計劃、工藝品、聲音藝術、樂隊與DJ…等等，任何你想像到、鼓勵來訪者一同參與的事! 鼓勵參與的方法例如：
Interactive or Participatory art blurs the lines between the artist, the art, and people engaging with the art. We look for art that encourages people to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. Theatre, dance, music, performance art, games, DJs, lectures, sound installations, social experiments, community projects, creative costuming, workshops and activities are all common genres found at FIGMENT. Three dimensional sculptural installations are also common at FIGMENT, as the participant’s experience of the piece alters as he or she moves around it.
We generally do not accept “wall art” such as finished paintings or photography and do not have space to display such works. Artists working in those genres are encouraged to find a way to engage FIGMENT participants in creating such works, such as:
- Engaging an audience or passers-by in creating a new work
- Displaying such works inside a larger sculptural installation
- Collaborating with a performance art event
- or creating some other participatory experience that involves such works
If you have an idea for FIGMENT but you’re not sure if it works, please reach out to our Curatorial team at email@example.com. We’ll be happy to work with you on that.
No. 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 at FIGMENT is born from a simple desire to share imagination with each other and the public.
Is FIGMENT really free?
Yes, FIGMENT is 100% free for everyone to participate and enjoy. We run entirely on donations, and we welcome any contribution you are able to make. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can submit a project to FIGMENT?
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.