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This is the home of Boston Decompression! Here you will find the latest updates and information on the Decompression event as well as opportunities and ways in which you can get involved!


Ticket Sales for "The Lost City" are Open!

Don't be left outside the city gates, get your ticket now!

TicketOn November 8th 2014, together we shall endeavor to rebuild The Lost City! Right now art pieces are being worked on, lights are being wired, circuit boards are being programmed, metal, wood and plastic are being cut, music is being prepared, costumes are being sown, moving trucks are being readied and deco projects are being prepped. You do not want to be left outside the city gates and miss this impressive feat of civil engineering. Ticket sales for Boston Decompression 2014: The Lost City are open. Follow the link below and get yours now!


Tickets here:


To sign up to volunteer at the event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement


Call for Art and Music for Decompression 2014: The Lost City!

Attention all artists, music performers and creative types of all stripes. Boston Decompression needs your help to rebuild The Lost City! This is an official call for contributions of art, music and performance. Please fill out the appropriate online form(s) linked below to give our dedicated civic planners the information needed on what you would like to contribute to The Lost City.



(this may include visual art, any performance art and VJs or VJ installations)

Click here for Art Submission Form

Members from our Department of Civil Engineering will be in touch to discuss zoning and construction details, but if you have any questions or need to get in touch with them please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for art contribution submissions is Wed. October 29th.



(this may include bands, DJs and other music performers)

Click here for Music Submission Form

We hope to have you rock the ruins of The Lost City! Our masters of music are listening and will be in touch, but should you have any need to contact them please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for music contribution submissions is Wed. October 22nd.

Music selection notifications will begin going out by Sat. October 25th.


Ticketing information and ticket sales will be announced very soon and a separate call for volunteer help will also be sent out, but should you need to get in touch with our wonderful volunteer coordinators, they can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


More information about the Boston Decompression event can be found here at our website. ( For any additional decompression related questions or concerns please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We look forward to hearing what you will be contributing to Boston Decompression 2014: The Lost City!



Art and Music Crews

Written by: FiG Categories: Music, Art, Announcement


Venue Visit Opportunity and Art Grants Deadline Extended

For prospective Decompression 2014 artists and our planning volunteers, we are excited to tell you that we have scheduled a venue visit and walkthrough. This is your opportunity to see the space in which your art will take shape. The walkthough visit will take place this Wednesday evening on October 8th (see details below).


Additionally, to help accommodate artists who are thinking of applying for an art grant, we are announcing that we have moved back the deadline for art grant submissions to Friday, October 10th at 11:59 pm.


We hope that all prospective artists and planning volunteers will be able to join us this Wednesday evening as we check out the space, brainstorm, work out logistics, explore and discuss art possibilities (and maybe enjoy a drink or two!) Hope to see you all there!


When: Wednesday October 8th. Please arrive by 7:45 at venue.

Where: “Who’s on First?” at 19 Yawkey Way, Boston



The 2014 Decompression Planning Committee

Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement


Call For Art Grant Proposal Submissions!

Funding for Decompression Projects Now Available

Calling all artists! Boston Decompression is excited to announce that this year we will be distributing art grants to artists for Boston Decompression 2014! This is a big step forward for the event. The success of Boston Decompression in recent years and the support of our community has put us in a position to offer these grants. If you have an existing art piece that you would like to bring or an idea for a new project you would like to contribute to this year’s event, please fill out the online Boston Decompression art grant application form with the details of your proposal. The grants committee will be considering both proposals for new works and submissions of existing works of visual and performance art in any 2D or 3D medium. Work that is responsive to this year's theme ("The Lost City") or that helps to transform the space will be given extra consideration.


Grants will primarily fund the materials and consumables costs for artwork, and, potentially, transportation costs for art coming from outside the Boston area. The Decom Art Committee will work with Boston area artists to arrange shared transportation.


Here is the timeline for the art grants process:

  • Art Grant Submissions Open - Now!

  • Art Grant Submissions Due - Wednesday October 8th at 11:59 pm

  • Art Grant Recipients Notified of Their Selection - Monday October 13th, noon

  • All Art Grant Recipients must respond back within 24 hours of being notified of selection to confirm participation.

  • Complete art projects in preparation for Decompression.

  • 2014 Boston Decompression event - Saturday November 8th


If you are the recipient of an art grant, you will receive 75-percent of your grant amount upon confirmation and return of the signed contract within the 24-hour notification period. Funds will be transferred to the recipient via bank transfer unless arranged otherwise. The remaining 25-percent of the grant amount will be delivered to the recipient two weeks after the 2014 Decompression event in which the funded art piece/project has been featured and/or contributed.


Online Art Grant Submission Application:



Please note, this form is intended only for applying for an Art Grant.  An additional general “Call for Art” and participation will be announced shortly. Also, a venue visit and walkthrough opportunity is also currently being worked out and scheduled.  Stay tuned for exact date and time but expect a weekday evening very soon.


If there are any concerns, comments or questions about this process please send us a message at:

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Art Grants Committee

2014 Boston Decompression Planning Committee


Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement


Heads Up: Decompression 2014 to Offer Art Grants!

Big news! The success of the Boston Decompression event in recent years has put this year’s planning committee in the position to be able to offer Art Grants! Look for details of the grant process and an open call for submissions at the beginning of next week. So get a head start on those ideas and dream big!

Categories: Announcement


Decompression 2014 Theme: The Lost City

Throughout human existence, our history and mythos have been filled with tales of legendary cities, built by once-great civilizations, now lost. Some, like the Lost City of Atlantis, have disappeared beneath the waves and into the murky ocean abyss forever, existing now only in legend. Others like Machu Picchu, the fabled mountain-top citadel of the Inca, were lost for centuries but have since been found! The lure of these lost cities is irresistible: In 1925, Percy Fawcett, one of the last Victorian-era explorers, marched into the thick jungle of the South American Amazon and vanished without a trace, driven by an obsession to find The Lost City of Gold - El Dorado. In our modern era, similar obsession brings tens of thousands of people to set out each year and build a vibrant metropolis in the harsh Black Rock desert of Nevada, only to have it lost again to the dust, leaving no trace, for another year.


What is it about these lost cities that fascinates us? That drives folklore and myth and legend and obsession? What possible meaning and relevance could these ideas have to our modern day civic existence, where economic blight, urban decay and civil unrest threaten our very own cities?


On Saturday November 8th, 2014, join us as we explore, discover, reclaim and reassemble these lost cities!  Together we will unravel the mysteries of the once-great civilizations that built them. Don your explorer's cap, polish up your trident and rustle up your spirit of adventure! Pack all that you'll need, but only what you can carry on your back and join us this night as we rebuild The Lost City!




Keep your eye on these communication channels for forthcoming announcements that will include a call for general event volunteers, calls for art, music and performance and more.


Yours in adventure,

The 2014 Boston Decompression Planning Committee

Categories: Announcement


Decompression 2014 - Save the Date!

Saturday November 8th, 2014 at "Who's On First?"

Save the DateWe are very excited to announce that the date and venue for the 2014 Boston Decompression event have been determined, so please mark your calendars and SAVE the DATE! 2014 Boston Decompression will be held on Saturday November 8th, 2014, and we will be returning to the wonderful venue that has played host to the last two Boston Decompression events, "Who's On First?" in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston.

"Who's On First?"
19 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA

"Who's On First?" has been one of the most cooperative venues our Decompression Planning Committee has ever worked with. Along with having a great rapport with their staff, the venue's willingness to accommodate so many of our needs and their ability to grow the space with us as our event itself has grown makes them an ideal choice for this years Decompression event.


Although the date and venue have been determined, there are still many important planning decisions that need to be made and a number of planning roles and responsibilities that need to be filled. Boston Decompression is a completely volunteer driven event, and we are currently in need of a few more volunteers in this planning phase. If you are interested in having a role in planning this year's event please email us and let us know what aspect of Decompression planning you want to work on here:

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There is a planning meeting scheduled for the near future where many more decisions about the event are to be made and we would love to have any new planning volunteers involved and in attendance at the meeting, so please let us know about your interest in helping now!



2014 Decompression Planning Committee

Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement


2013 Music Schedule Released!

Music performances at Subterranean

// Inside Club Stage:

07:00 - 08:00 - valiscariot
08:00 - 08:45 - Honey Circuit with Bones and Roses Side Show
08:45 - 09:00 - *band changeover*
09:00 - 09:45 - Psylab
09:45 - 10:00 - *band changeover*
10:00 - 11:00 - geishacomplex
11:00 - 11:15 - *band changeover*
11:15 - 12:00 - Scuba (five piece funk/soul/world/jazz/groove band)
12:00 - 01:00 - Gary Carlow
01:00 - 02:00 - DJ Havok (New York)

// Subterranean Garage Stage:

08:00 - 09:00 - Funktor (San Francisco)
09:00 - 10:00 - cosinezero
10:00 - 11:00 - dontnormally
11:00 - 12:00 - Jeff Misson
12:00 - 01:00 - Keith Mattar

Written by: FiG Categories: Music


Bringing Art? Fill Out the Questionnaire!

ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS: Are you planning on bringing work to Subterranean? If you have yet to do so, make sure you fill out our Art Questionnaire ASAP. This is particularly important in determining placement AND in letting us no whether or not you will need assistance in transporting your piece to the venue.

Fill out form HERE:

Written by: FiG Categories: Participate


Call For Music Submissions Closes Today!

2013 Submissions close Thursday 9/19 at 6:00 pm EST

Attention bands, DJs and music performers: Want to play Subterranean: Boston Decompression 2013? Send us your submission no later than 6PM EST on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19th to be considered for this massively awesome underground utopia. 
We will need:
1) Your contact info (name + email) and where you are from
2) Band/DJ/Performer name
3) Gear setup requirements
4) A link to an online mix or release (i.e., SoundCloud, MixCloud). WE CANNOT TAKE ANY SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT A DEMO. 
Interested performers—shoot everything over to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will hear from us if you have been selected by early next week. We will be announcing the lineup shortly thereafter. 

Fig + Nick Binary
2013 Music Crew

Written by: FiG


2013 Boston Decompression Tickets Now on Sale!

Ticket sales for Boston Decompression 2013: Subterranean are now LIVE!  Please follow the Eventbrite link and buy your tickets now!


*** Buy tickets here: ***


Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:00 AM (EDT)

Who's On First
19 Yawkey Way 
Boston, MA 02215

Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement


Subterranean Logo!

Subterranean Logo!

This awesome logo contribution was created by local artists Andrea Huber and Alyce Currier!

Reminder:  Tickets will be going on sale at 9pm tonight!  Check back here, the home of Boston Decompression, for the link to get your tickets!

Written by: FiG


Boston Decompression 2013: Subterranean

Call for Participation

Boston Decompression 2013: Subterranean

Go underground for Boston Decompression 2013: Subterranean

Travel to Fenway, Boston’s very own urban lagoon and crawl into the radically-playafied Who’s On First on September 28 @ 7PM.

Swing through the catacombs of your mind. We’re taking over the bar, alley, AND the underground garage for more interactive art, music, and underworld fun than ever before. Bring your talents and creations to this Subterranean soiree—we’re looking for all sorts of participants itching to emerge from just beneath the surface.


Art, Video & Projections

Contact (Michael Dewberry, Terry Dovidio)

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Contact (Fig, Nick Binary)

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Special Projects & Deco

Decom-related experiential projects, venue deco, and image collection

Contact: Jen Hill, Tawny Love, Terry

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Interested in helping with setup, teardown, or greeting smiling faces?


Contact (Jenn Z, Doug, Abbie)

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Contact Melinda

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Looking to dig up some information?

Information Desk

Contact Terry and Eve

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Boston Decompression 2013



Who’s On First

19 Yawkey Way


MBTA: Kenmore Square


September  28th , 2013 @ 7pm
Ticketing information will be announced shortly.

Written by: Tawny Love Categories: Participate, Organization, Announcement


Boston Decompression 2013 Date and Venue Set!

Saturday September 28th, at "Who's On First"

Boston Decompression 2013 Date and Venue Set!

It's official! The date for Boston Decompression 2013 has been set: Saturday September 28th.

We will be returning to "Who's On First" on Yawkey Way in Boston, the wonderful site of Decompression 2012.  We are excited to return to such a great venue, and even more excited to have secured access and use of the adjacent underground parking garage. Utilizing this space for additional art and decom activity will double the amount of available space outside of the club!

So mark your calendars! More details along with ways that you can get involve will be following shortly.

Get excited!

Written by: FiG Categories: Announcement

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