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July 15th, 2010  |  Filed under Afield in the World, Events/Happenings

The FIGMENT Update

When our group got together to start FIGMENT in 2007, we never had any idea that it could ever grow this much, this fast. In 2010, our three-day NYC event had nearly 25,000 participants, and our Boston event, just in its first year, had something like 10,000 participants. It’s really amazing to see how quickly the community around FIGMENT has grown, and it’s exciting to see where it can go next.

Welcome to FIGMENT! (Image (c) 2010 NY_Man)

FIGMENT began in New York in 2007 as a way to bring three important resources together: first, Governors Island, a former Army and then Coast Guard base in New York Harbor that had just been turned over to New York City; second, the creative energy of artists in New York, often creating work without ample resources, often desperately in need of space; and third, the ethos that many of the founders of FIGMENT had learned from Burning Man, expressed in the ten principles—basically, teaching us how to work collaboratively together to make great things happen in a way that is participatory, generous, and free from commoditization.

The idea took off immediately, and, while we expected 500 people or so at our first one-day event, we had over 2,600 people, with thousands more turned away at the ferries. We haven’t stopped since. The New York event has grown exponentially each year, increasing how much art we cram onto the island’s 172 acres, growing in participation as art projects become more ambitious, growing in duration as we add increasingly successful summer-long projects every year, and growing in stability as we build a team that believes in this event and can keep it going.

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June 4th, 2010  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

FIGMENT in Boston this Weekend!

FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor 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 now expands to the Boston area, with its first event outside of New York and is one of the 2010 [BRAF]‘s grant recipients!

FIGMENT will be produced through a partnership with the Cambridge Arts Council, on June 5, 2010, co-located with the Cambridge Arts Council’s long-running Cambridge River Festival, on Memorial Drive on Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 12 pm to 6 pm.

See the web site for directions: figmentboston.org

May 16th, 2010  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

“Duel Nature” coming to Reno Nevada

Duel Nature by Kate Raudenbush Burning Man 2006

Previously exhibited at Burning Man in 2006, Duel Nature, by artist Kate Raudenbush, is unique in its materials, (Plasma cut steel, steel tubing, red acrylic mirror) scale (38’ x 38’) and artistic vision. During Artown, fire dancers and spinners from Controlled Burn will entertain Tuesday evenings 8:00 – 10:00.  Hula Hoopers from Velocity Movement and bohohoops present “GET HOOPED” at Hoop Jams on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 – all levels and ages are welcome. Hula hoops provided or bring your own! Join us in celebration of Duel Nature at the opening celebration:

May 21, 2010
5 pm
Corner of Sierra St. and Island Ave. Reno, NV
Wine & Appetizers: Sierra Arts Foundation Gallery, and then along the RiverWalk

Hula Hoop Jam from 5-8,
followed by Fire Spinning by Controlled Burn,
Music by DJSource

“Duel Nature references the spiral of our human DNA. The struggle inherent to the duality of the human condition is expressed by the violence of the raw plasma-cut, bolted steel exterior, in contrast with the vitality of the interior blood-red mirror. As visitors gather inside the vibrant core of the sculpture, their myriad reflections remind us of our shared genetic bond and our shared humanity,” says the artist Kate Raudenbush.

“This is the third Burning Man art installation to come to Reno through the collaboration of the Civic Art Program of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, the non-profit art organization of Burning Man, and The City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission’s grant program. Duel Nature supports the mission of the Reno Arts program to involve its citizens in the community’s cultural life and encourage artistic excellence,” said Maria Partridge, Reno project liaison for BRAF and Advisory board member.

“We believe the exhibition of Duel Nature during Artown will serve the community in many ways,” said Crimson Rose, Member of the Board of Directors, BRAF and Board Member and Art Director for Burning Man. “By enhancing civic space through the temporary transformation of an empty lot into an inviting art park and creating a creative gathering spot for Reno citizens with weekly performances and workshops that provide entertainment and interactive possibilities that the community can enjoy for free.”

For additional photos and information about Duel Nature

photo: Kate Raudenbush

May 10th, 2010  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

FIGMENT: What are You Bringing?

Check out this short documentary about Figment in New York City. 

For more information about the project visit: http://figmentproject.org/2010/

Check out some of the key projects from last year’s FIGMENT event on Governors Island, like Douglas Hart’s  “Are You the One?,”  David Henry Brown, Jr.’s  “Human Weeble Wobble,”  Taylor Kuffner’s “Gamelatron”  inside Deborah Yoon’s  “HiveMind,”  and the FIGMENT Minigolf course… plus brief interviews with FIGMENT artists and organizers…

This video is directed by Justin Lange, and produced by Ashley Martinez.

February 6th, 2010  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

FIGMENT – Call for Art!


video: Carol Binkowski

FIGMENT is an annual celebration of creative culture on Governors Island in New York Harbor. It provides an open forum for artists, helps build a creative community and fosters participatory and public art. This year it will be both in NYC and Boston.

FIGMENT submissions are open for the pavilion, minigolf, and sculpture garden!
Call for Art!

They also need members of the team, check it out!

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January 24th, 2010  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

Eat Your heART Out!

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Invites you to attend 

 

Eat Your heART Out

supperclub sf, 657 Harrison Street San Francisco, CA
February 14, 11am to 3pm
All-ages; everyone is welcome! Tickets:
  • $75 adult ticket for meal only with cash bar (no reserved seating)
  • $25 Children between 5 and 11 years old
  • Kids under 5 free!
  • Benefactor tickets $150 (includes reserved seating in your name and bottomless mimosas/marys served at your bed)
  • Regular tickets $100 (includes brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas/marys at the bar; no reserved seating-beds seating first come first serve.
Treat yourself and those you love to a sumptuous Valentine’s Day brunch in bed, including fresh fruit, interactive omelet and sweet/savory crepe station, croissants, artisan breads, jam and marmalade, cold cuts, fresh brewed coffee imaginatively served by Ritual Coffee Roasters, and LOVE-ly surprises.

Enjoy Interactive art; soaring aerial heARTistry; interactive photography zone by PhotoBOOF!; music and live performances by: Diva Marisa Lenhardt, Bad Unkl Sista, Tamo (Angels of bAss, Space Cowboys), Michael Anthony & The Late Nite Sneaky, Secret Valentine, and others. While you’re at it make-yer-own Valentine in the DIY heART gallery and tell Cupid what to do with his arrow. All proceeds help bring interactive art to public places across the globe. So, go ahead! Eat your heART out! …and feed your soul.

BUY YOUR TICKET NOW

artwork: jennybird

January 19th, 2010  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

Time to Check Out the Black Rock Arts Foundation Blog

Sanlun Yishu in front of the Great Wall of China

Sanlun Yishu in front of the Great Wall of China

Have you checked out the [BRAF]‘s BLOG recently?  It is filled with art from our grantees and events we would love to share with you.  Just in the last 10 days we have blogged about mobile interactive art in China, a [BM] and Black Rock Arts Foundation artist, Dan Das Mann, Cardboardia in Russia, and a fabulous Valentine’s Day event in San Francisco we would love to attend with you.

We keep you up to date on our Grants to Artists, Civic Arts and ScrapEden programs.

 

Did I hear you say you aren’t familiar with the Black Rock Arts Foundation? 

The mission of the Black Rock Arts Foundation is to support and promote community-based interactive art and civic participation. For our purposes, interactive art means art that generates social participation. The process whereby this art is created, the means by which it is displayed and the character of the work itself should inspire immediate actions that connect people to one another in a larger communal context.”

So come on over and check us out!

 

Cardboardia exhibit in a museum in Russia

Cardboardia exhibit in a museum in Russia

October 28th, 2009  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

No more ACE in the hole – RIP ACE Junkyard

Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

We finally lost ACE Junkyard to the ravages of an unreasonable San Francisco landlord. She won only on a technicality, after a long expensive battle by Bill Kennedy, proprietor extraordinaire of ACE Junkyard.

I hope many of you know the wonders of San Francisco’s ACE Junkyard.  If not let me clue you in to the significance of what we are losing.  Bill who is also known to some of as Billy the Junkman, Junkman or even Belinda, has been the purveyor of fine junk in San Francisco for over 25 years and ACE has been THE resource for playa artmaking in Bay Area for over 15 years.  Let it be known Bill has provided an incalculable about amount of funding for playa art in the last 15 years, in the form of JUNK – wondrous, glorious, re-usable, transformable, JUNK!

Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Over the years this junk has evolved into many ground-breaking forms of art.   Junk from ACE has been transformed into SRL’s machines, SEEMEN’s interactive work and Cyclecide’s pedal-powered carnival.  The list of artists doesn’t stop there. The following incomplete list of artists can all thank Bill for his uncanny ability to find that essential widget or for donating his  Junkyard venue to events like the famous Power Tool Drag Races: Flaming Lotus Girls, Rich Humphrey, Jarico Reese, Laird Rickard, Paul the Plumber, Big Daddy, John Law, Jim Mason, Michael Michael, Simone Davalos, Kimric Smythe, Shannon O’Hare, Sue Glover, Dan Das Man, Karen Cusolito, Scott Gasparian, Charles Gadeken, Kal Spelletich, Mark Perez, and Chicken John.

Come celebrate and say Goodbye to our favorite Junkyard on Saturday October 31st, Halloween at Cellspace 5020 Bryant Street. The Junkyard will be gone, but Bill remains and I’m sure he will figure out other ways to enrich us.

“The other side of it is…. well it was and is worth ever penny of it. The people, events, art, and most importantly to me the parts of myself that I found, and the person that I have become. A large part of who am now is because of the love and support on my family of friends I have made from this place.” -Bill The Junkman

Do you have a favorite ACE or Bill memory?