What if art was play? What if it was something you could touch, and be a part of? A space that made you think or feel, that felt welcoming, in the open air, without a guard checking you don't touch the merchandise?
Those are some of the ideas behind FIGMENT, an interactive arts event that began in the US in 2007 and which has grown and spread to multiple locations in that country since then. And now it's coming to Australia for the first time, to Geelong on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2013.
Whether you participate in Figment yourself* or just want to come along to participate in everybody else's creativity, everybody is welcome... well, except dogs.
If you want to come to Figment and have some hang-ups, don't fret - don't we all. Bring yours along with you and get it off your chest by hanging it on Phil Allen's Tree of Hang Ups. The tree will at a later date be set on fire, and you can envision your hang-up going up in flames, along with everybody else's. Catharsis - without the psychiatrist's fee. Because Figment is free.
Apart from Phil there will be 49 other participants cutting their teeth on the first-ever Australian Figment. To get a taste of what's gone on at other Figment events, check this out youtu.be/N-BrGoaGYlw
Figment is a commercial-free zone - "We will not substitute consumption for experience," they say. Nice. Therefore, nothing will be for sale on the day. They also ask you to adhere to the "leave no trace" policy and take your rubbish with you when you leave.
*(It's too late to officially register, but if you still want to participate, Figment suggests the following: "If you choose to not register your project, we invite you to bring it, but it will not appear on any maps or schedules, will not receive dedicated placement, must be able to be carried or wheeled onto the site without a vehicle, cannot be staked into the ground and cannot use power from the site. If you have any questions, please contact us."