There are few art exhibitions where a fantasy Japanese game show, Félix Candela-inspired tree house, and a participant-controlled sensory visual installation stand side by side. One of those places is Figment . Costume-clad city dwellers board the Governors Island ferry in droves for the free, three-day participatory arts event that not only showcases what innovative artists are doing but invites people to play and be part of the creative process.
Taking place in 12 other locations around North America and the United Kingdom, Figment entered its tenth year in 2016 bringing with it the annual artist-designed mini-golf course as well as hundreds of new artists and projects that range from performances, to workshops, collective art-making to installations and games. While interacting with the art, other participants, and the imaginative masterminds themselves, Figment fosters community while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Without gallery walls or commercial obligations to adhere to, pieces are unconventional, spontaneous, and produced on a wide range of budgets. Participants break all the museum rules as they touch, learn, and get inspired by art for a totally new dynamic form of art engagement and education.