Benjamin Carpenter began exploring his creativity as a child in New England building cardboard forts and various other contraptions with tools smuggled from his grandfather’s garage. Earning a B.F.A. in metal smithing and an M.F.A in Sculpture set the stage for a career building largerscale architectural, kinetic and interactive projects.
Now working in Oakland, Ca. in the Lost & Foundry, he spends his time pursuing his interests individually and collaboratively with the groups, 5 Ton Crane and Applied Kinetic Arts. Benjamin maintains an active role in the Oakland arts community by teaching at the industrial arts school, The Crucible and has guest lectured at the major art schools in the Bay Area.
He has shown his work locally, nationally and internationally. Backbone is the moniker under which he does commissioned work.
I am an interactive artist / fabricator / teacher who works in the space between our industrial heritage and the forward momentum of contemporary media. My work is about making connections. It is a meditation on life in the 21st century, the history that led to it and the future that lies ahead. I integrate digital video, sound, electronics, kinetics and creative coding with reclaimed, industrial materials to create tangible and audible experiences that anyone can absorb.