Art Submission Form for Boston Decompression 2018


For any kind of NON-MUSIC or NON-FIRE PERFORMANCE, please email us with your ideas at:

For FIRE PERFORMANCE, please email us at:

Please note that submissions are closed for: fire art, art that includes a structure larger than a pop-up, music/djs/amplified sound performances, and art grants.


Thank you for your interest in bringing your art to Boston Decompression 2018: Aye, Robot!

Date and times: Saturday November 3rd from 5pm-midnight
Location: the Steel Yard, 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI 02909

Please give us as much information as you can about your installation and its requirements so we can accommodate as much art and deco as possible. We need to have completed surveys back by Friday, October 26th - the more time we have to work together on getting your art to Decompression, the better.

OUTDOOR SPACES: We are excited to return to The Steel Yard after having such an incredible time there at last year's Decompression. The Steel Yard is an all outdoor venue located in Providence, RI with a huge amount of outdoor space available for our use, including fire art and performance. The Steel Yard provides a lot of interesting opportunities for large-scale outdoor art, fire art, theme appropriate deco projects, as well as new opportunities for theme camps! The space is a large, mostly paved, lot area with a grassy hill in the middle. It is divided into smaller areas by partitions made of tall growing grasses, a series of iron girders, and other structural-style elements.

Power and water are available, please specify your needs in the survey. There is ample space for free-standing installations, big sculptures, and theme camps —BUT you must be prepared for cold and/or inclement weather. Projections can be done outside on screens and some structures. Video-mapping and other interactive or non-interactive video proposals are most welcome.

TRANSPORTATION: If you need assistance getting your project to the venue, we can help with transportation arrangements. There will be an art truck collecting pieces from various locations around the Boston metro area. Also, to encourage new work from outside the Boston metro area, we may be able to help arrange transportation from further distances. Contact with questions about transporting your art.

SETUP and TEAR-DOWN: The exact schedule for setup and tear-down will be finalized in coming days. Here is the preliminary schedule:
* Setup will begin early morning on the day of Decompression, November 3nd. All setup must be complete by 5pm when Decompression begins.
* Tear-down/strike will start when the event ends at midnight. There will be a maximum of 2 hours of strike time the night of the event.
* Additional tear-down/strike will take place on Sunday morning, November 4th. The art truck will be returning to Boston following the Sunday tear-down/strike. All pieces must be completely removed from the premises by the time the art truck leaves. The specific hours for tear-down on Sunday will be announced the week before the event.

TICKETS: This is an entirely volunteer run, radically participatory event, which means everyone—organizers, performers, musicians, and artists—is responsible for purchasing their own ticket. There will be lower priced tickets available to artists, performers, and volunteers who need the option. Instructions for purchasing a lower priced ticket will be sent to you with the ticket sales information.

When tickets go on sale, the purchase link and information will be sent to you. Ticket information will also be posted to the Boston Burning Man regional announce and discussion email lists, the Boston Decompression Facebook page and event, and other social media channels. Decompression 2018 may sell out, so be ready to buy your ticket soon after they go on sale.

Primary Contact Email *
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Primary Contact Person *
Name of the person we should be talking to about installation, transport, setup, etc.
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Primary Contact Phone Number *
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Piece/Project Name *
What we should call your work on any printed materials or pre-event publicity?
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Credited Artist/Artists/Group *
Who should be credited on any printed materials or pre-event publicity?
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Describe your proposed project in one paragraph or less. Briefly describe its effect and the intention behind it. *
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(Optional) If your project connects to the the Decompression 2018 theme or is theme-related deco, please describe how:
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If this is an existing work, where has it been shown before? If this is a new work, how confident are you that it will be complete in time for Decompression on November 3rd? *
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Which category best describes what you'd like to bring? *
If you are bringing fire art, please choose the category your art fits best.
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