Graduate Alumni > Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)

Ben Bergevin-Smith (Fall 2009 and Spring 2010)
Ben Bergevin-Smith (Fall 2009 and Spring 2010)

Stochastic |stəˈkastik|
Randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely.

As many of us live increasingly disparate lives from one another, we’ve all become entangled in emergent patterns illuminating the complexities of our everyday interactions. These patterns can be seen on your desktop web browser; to the way you board mass transit, to the spread of daily information on the Internet. My interest lies within the scale of these patterns, and how some of the more simplistic variety has generated some of the world’s greatest mysteries.

For centuries across all parts of the world storytelling and folklore assisted in disseminating stories such as Bigfoot, Lockness monster, Yeti, alien sightings, and la chupacabra. These stories come from many different sources generating exuberant culture-mania central to these specific creatures.

Ignoring the incomplete composition of these stories, and registering the presence of stochasticity within elements of first hand accounts leads to grand uncertainty. I’m interested in highlighting the missing elements of these stories through synthesis of written accounts, and personal interviews into a looping audio. A reality always existing far off in the distance, never quite captured as truth.

My work employs a multitude of different media. This varies from re-claimed tree trunks, and synthetic yarn to electronic sound components. Using this collective medium, I create individual electronic power sound units. Combined, these units act in a group as elements of a large sound-projecting environment. These elements together capture viewer and space in a mysterium via of panning audio.

I am interested in generating the hoax, or simulated experience of mysterious encounters between the viewer and my objects falsifying the counterfeit real.