I heard about this new-to-Pittsburgh festival during the July edition of Unblurred at ModernFormations. Here it is August and I'm just getting around to posting about it. Yes, it has been a lazy summer. I hope yours has been too. A little history about Figment:
Founded in 2007 on New York City’s Governors Island, what began as a few thousand enthusiasts enjoying a handful of participatory art projects on a sunny July afternoon has ballooned into a multi-day, multi-city event that drew over 30,000 participants in NYC, Boston, Jackson and Detroit in 2011. In 2012, FIGMENT seeks to continue its mission to offer free, inclusive and participatory art to entire communities, removing the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees and blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art.It seems, from the documentation of the Figment festival in New York and other host cities, that the festival would welcome experiential projects. So, if you aren't submitting, it might be worth checking out what Pittsburghers will offer in the way of new media and those works that blur the line between community art-making and immersive experience. Submissions are open for Pittsburgh's version of Figment, but your art project must be submitted by September 9, 2012 which is fast approaching. Guidelines and submission link can be found here.