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 viewing the work in the museum.
We came up with an idea that involved combining specific physical movements with words commonly used in art discourse. Dialogues In Motion, along with 3 other games, was accepted by SFMOMA as part of their ARTGAMELAB exhibition.
Last week I was contacted by the interpretive media specialist from the Portland Art Museum because they wanted to use our game for their new Friday night programming.
So, if you are in Portland Oregon Friday Oct 3rd, and you make it to the museum, and you see a bunch of people acting like fools, then they are probably playing our game.
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 the SPTH. Now, we have found that Animal Planet has included it in a show titled, Tree House Masters.
Here is the clip.
The good news is that the SPTH is shown in good company amongst some of the most outrageous tree houses in the world. The bad news is that the show gave zero credit to the makers.
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 installation since she came down from her long exhibition on the SF Embarcadero pier. It will also be our fifth time installing her.
The last two weeks have been busy in space dock as we have been making all the necessary tune-ups and retrofits to get her polished up for her next big appearance. It will be fun to see her stand over a crowd of curious onlookers once again. I am also looking forward to checking out what our northern neighbor’s have in store for us.
If you are in the Calgary section of our solar system from Sept 11th-15th, then make sure to drop in and say hello. If you can’t, then check back here and her twitter feed throughout the event for the latest.
– Stay Tuned
The good folks over at Atlas Obscura invited my collaborative group, 5 Ton Crane to give a short talk about the pleasures and pains of building large pieces of art.
It should be fun.
This piece was featured in the most recent issue of Metropolis Magazine. The article is about West Oakland and the gentrification that has, and continues to happen in this area.
It also focuses on a handfull of local artists and organizations including the Crucible, the school where I teach.
I am proud to announce that I will be participating in the Koz Collective’s residency program this coming Dec in Brooklyn, NY. Details have yet to solidify, but I know that I will working collaboratively on some kind of ecology project in their collective space.
I’ll be giving a short talk on Sunday April 7th about my solo and collaborative work at the annual Modulations event hosted by the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
The event is a gathering of digital and analog electronic musicians and sound artists. The theme this year is resonance.
Come and heckle me, but be warned, I always picture the audience naked.
The ArtGameLab show at SFMOMA that Sudhu Twari and I are currently participating in will come to a close this Aug 12th with a bang. The GameLab-A-Thon is an event that lets you invent your own museum game and play it in the galleries — all in one day.
Facilitated by ArtGameLab curator Erica Gangsei and game designer/scholar Mathias Crawford, this daylong workshop moves at rocket speed from theory to practice — from principles of good game design through brainstorming and prototyping, and into live game-play onsite.
If you have not had a chance to check it out, now is the time.
Anja Ulfeldt over at the Basement Gallery in Oakland has graciously offered me a show this coming August.
Not only will it be my first solo show, I will also be performing for the first time ever. It’s OK, I’m not nervous.
This Friday the 13th, I will be part of a show within a show.
SonicPLACE is a show within the Soundwave Biennial. It highlights the ways that various artists interface with sound. Sudhu Twari and I will be showing the most recent version of our collaoration with vibrating strings, proximity and harmonics.
The opening show is Friday, July 13th at 6:oo pm. SonicPLACE then runs continuously for three months from July to September 28, 2012, Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00p to 6:00p in the Chronicle bldg, 901 Mission St., SF, CA, 94103. Admission and viewing is free and open to the public.