Category Archives: Collaboration

Posts regarding the progress of collaborative projects that Backbone is involved in.

Maliq & The Crucible’s Apprentice Program

I was asked last summer if I was interested in being a mentor in the Crucible’s emerging apprentice program. I agreed and have since been fostering four, smart, and talented young people as they develop a skill set designed to … Continue reading

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Dialogues In Motion Picked Up By Portland Art Museum

Dialogs In Motion – 2012 from Benjamin Carpenter on Vimeo. In 2012, my friend and collaborator Sudhu Tewari and I responded to a call made by the SFMOMA. They were asking artists to design games that visitors could play while … Continue reading

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Steam Punk Tree House – Still Making Impressions

Way back in 2007 a group of random folks came together and built the Steam Punk Tree House in Oakland. Those folks remained friends and later evolved into what is now the collaborative group, 5 Ton Crane, makers of other, … Continue reading

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RGR, Beakerhead And The Canadian Rockies

I just returned from Calgary, where 5 Ton Crane installed the Ray Gun Gothic Rocket at the 1st annual Beakerhead festival of art, science and engineering. The RGR was well received by the event organizers and seemed to be enjoyed by most. More than … Continue reading

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Steam Punk Tree House On TV???

There has been a lot of buzz recently about my collaborative group, 5 Ton Crane’s 1st project, The Steam Punk Tree House. A couple months ago the current owners, Dogfish Head Brewery, released a video about themselves shot mostly inside … Continue reading

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5 Ton Crane At Beakerhead 2013

The nice folks at Beakerhead, an annual celebration of the intersection of science, engineering and art, have invited my collaborative group, 5 Ton Crane, to install the Ray Gun Gothic Rocket at this year’s event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This will be the first … Continue reading

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5TC De-installs Our Oakland Squared Piece From SFMOMA

Six months went by very fast, and this past Saturday 5 Ton Crane de-installed our Oakland Squared piece from the SFMOMA window gallery. I am so glad that we had the opportunity to make and show this piece in this … Continue reading

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Departure – Ray Gun Gothic Rocket

The Ray Gun Gothic Rocket was de-installed this past weekend after almost three years and two extensions from pier 14 on the San Francisco Embarcadero. As it was coming down I became interested in the footprint it had left on … Continue reading

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Jeremy Mayer And His Typewriter Art On TED

My friend Jeremy from Applied Kinetic Arts was asked to participate in a TED talk recently about his typewriter sculptures. Here it is. -Stay Tuned Sharing Is Caring

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Forging A Map

This past October I began my residency with the Paul Dresher Ensemble in Oakland. In 2012, a number of residencies were awarded on a monthly basis to local musicians and artists to utilize the ensemble’s recording studio and shop space. … Continue reading

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