The Force Field Project, a Philadelphia-based collective that exhibits upcoming artists and musicians alike has been forced to shut down their latest show after having raised $4,885 on Indiegogo. Scheduled to take place June 21st and 22nd at the Jo-Mar warehouse, the event would have been the biggest weekend-long art and music project to hit Philadelphia.
As of June 20th, supporters got an email in their inbox reading “We regret to inform you that this weekend’s event will not go forward as planned.”
The Jo-Mar warehouse was issued a stop-work order for violating building, electrical, plumbing, and zoning codes. As a result of these issues, Shift Capital did not have a certificate of occupancy, which made any occupancy illegal. Artists and participants were forced to vacate the building by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 20th.
Force Field organizers were able to move the location of the concert to the Ice Box Project Space in the Crane Arts Building but so far the exhibition has no rescheduled date. What’s more, even the studios of the rent-paying tenants were vacated, leaving them without income after a hefty investment.
Shift Capital acknowledged the building’s need for repair in a statement saying, “We must respect the decision and will work closely with the City to rectify the situation for our tenants and community.”