Third Annual Roggabogga

2002, 21:24 min, color, sound

Third Annual Roggabogga is the installation created by Forcefield for the Whitney Museum's Biennial Exhibition of 2002. For the installation, the artists created a diorama with neo-tribal figures, films, objects and sounds. The environment incorporated projected film animation, silkscreened wallpaper, blinking lights and other standing figures. During museum hours, the four artists stood inside the installation, dressed in their shroud outfits. This tape includes the dazzling abstract animation central to the installation, a document of the environment, and Brown Shmoo, a snapshot of the eponymous figure contemplating his "natural environment."

Third Annual Roggabogga Motion Picture is a mass of pulsing, swirling colors, with a chaotic soundtrack of droning tones and densely layered electronic beeps. This piece is a video version of the 16 mm stop-motion animated film that was projected for the three-month duration of the Third Annual Roggabogga installation at the Whitney.

Video Field Recording is a fifteen-minute document of the Third Annual Roggabogga installation. The camera roams the dark cave that was part of the environment; museum-goers examine the scene. An imposing collection of furry, knit-clad figures randomly squawk, beep, gurgle and blink, while the film Motion Picture is projected in the background. Intermittent flashes of brilliant light transform the space.

Of the final vignette, the artists write: "Brown Shmoo is the last recorded document of the Brown Shmoo in his natural environment, shortly after his term in the Third Annual Roggabogga. The Brown Shmoo was last seen on a Greyhound bus in Joshua Tree, California, heading East to Las Vegas."

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