Forcefield (art collective)

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Forcefield was an American noise band and art collective, founded in 1997 in Providence, Rhode Island,[1] closely associated with Fort Thunder.[2][3] Known for performing in colorful full-body knit-wear of their own design,[4] the band rarely played outside of Rhode Island but did one US tour with their Fort Thunder roommates Lightning Bolt. Members included Meerk Puffy (Matt Brinkman), Gorgon Radeo (Jim Drain), Patootie Lobe (Ara Peterson), and Le Geef (Leif Goldberg). The group become more widely recognized after being included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial,[3][5][6] but disbanded shortly afterwards. According to writer Rachel Kushner, the group's Whitney Biennial installation was "a pandemonium of ear-cracking sound, seizure-inducing films, and bewigged mannequins sheathed in the collective's trademark knit Afghans, which look like they were produced by a team of Taylorist acidheads with industrial looms."[7] Third Annual Roggaboggas, the soundtrack accompanying their Biennial show, was released as a CD by Load Records in 2003. Later that year, Bulb Records put out the posthumous Lord of the Ring Modulators.

In addition to performing, the group produced a number of single channel video works to be projected behind them during performances. The videos are both serious and sublime, while simultaneously maintaining a sensibility of deadpan humor and menace.[8]


  1. ^ Cotter, Holland (19 January 2003). "Doing Their Own Thing, Making Art Together", The New York Times. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  2. ^ Lafreniere, Steve (November 2002). "Forcefield", Artforum 41 (3): 176–77.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Roberta (16 December 2006). "Looking for Graphic Lightning From Fort Thunder", The New York Times. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  4. ^ Van Siclen, Bill (17 March 2002). "The Whitney Biennial: Forcefield was given 'carte blanche' at Whitney", The Providence Journal, p. E9.
  5. ^ Cotter, Holland (22 November 2002). "Art in Review: Forcefield", The New York Times. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  6. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Forcefield: Roggaboggas", Allmusic. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  7. ^ Kushner, Rachel (December 2004). "Jim Drain", Artforum 43 (4): 203.
  8. ^ "Forcefield". Electronic Arts Intermix. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 

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