About

Margarita Benitez is the Fashion Technologist and an Associate Professor at The Fashion School at Kent State University and Markus Vogl is an Associate Professor in Art at The University of Akron. Their current research explores 3D printing and transformation of the human form through concepts of biomimicry, interactive sound and visual installations, open source tools for artists and material explorations for fused filament fabrication.
Their work has been showcased on 5 continents with exhibitions at Art Basel Miami, G2 Gallery Chicago, Eyebeam New York, Collider, museumsquartier Vienna, Austria, Academy of Visual Arts, Hongkong, Beijing Fashion Institute, Beijing, China, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and at Pulsar Caracas, Venezuela. Their research has been presented at Shapeshifting in Auckland, New Zealand, the BIFT/ITAA Symposium in Beijing, Digital Fashion, London, South by SouthWest, SIGGRAPH and at the New Media Art Caucus Artist showcases during the Annual College Art Association Conference.
They received a 2012 NEA Media in Arts Grant for S.A.R.A.: Synesthetic Augmented Reality Application, an open source wearable synesthetic App. Most recently their project S.A.R.A. received the ‘aesthetic design’ jury award at the 2014 International Symposium on Wearable Computing’s Design Exhibition at Seattle’s EMP.

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Margarita Benitez is the Fashion Technologist and an Associate Professor at The Fashion School at Kent State University. She received her MFA in Art + Technology Studies thru a Trustee Scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to working with fashion technology and e-textiles, her current research explores digital fabrication in an art and design context. Her work has been exhibited nationally, internationally and is part of museum and private collections. Most recently she presented her work and research at BIFT/ITAA Symposium at Beijing, the New Media Art Caucus Artist showcase at the 100th Annual College Art Association Conference and at the 2012 Smart Fabrics Conference. She received a 2012 NEA Artworks Grant for co-curating the exhibition Shifting Paradigms of Identity: Creative Technology and Fashion and a 2012 NEA Media in Arts Grant for S.A.R.A.: Synesthetic Augmented Reality Application, a wearable synesthetic performance device. She was the Fulbright-Quartier21/MuseumsQuartier Artist-in-Residence for 2012-2013 this past summer in Vienna for the project open thread : wien. http://margaritabenitez.com/

Markus Vogl is an Associate Professor in Graphic Design at the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron and a NE Ohio based multimedia artist experimenting in multiple sensory experiences combining sound, environments and interactive installation. He holds a Masters of Fine Art degree in New Media from Donau Universitaet Krems/transart institute and has 25 years of experience in the field.
Originally from Salzburg, Austria he has exhibited internationally in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Australia. He has been recognized in Leonardo magazine for his collaboration Circadian Capital. He has received a 2012 NEA Media in Arts Grant for S.A.R.A.: Synesthetic Augmented Reality Application, a wearable synesthetic performance device. S.A.R.A. has been shown at ingenuityfest, Collider, the Cleveland Public Theater, the Academy of Visual Arts in Hongkong and Nanyang University Singapore. His collaborative research was recently presented at the 2014 International Symposium on Wearable Computing’s Design Exhibition at Seattle’s EMP, where the project S.A.R.A. received the’aesthetic design’ jury award.
He has presented papers at the Shapeshifting conference in Auckland, New Zealand, the New Media Art Caucus Artist showcases during the Annual College Art Association Conference, South by SouthWest Austin, Texas, Digital Fashion, London, Computers and the History of Art conference, London and the BIFT/ITAA research Symposium at Beijing and has been a featured speaker at events in the US. http://markusvogl.com/

Exhibitions

2015
skin d.e.e.p. and vs::0.002 – //benitez_vogl
The Box Gallery – Summit Art Space Akron, OH

2014
Machined Senses – skin d.e.e.p – //benitez_vogl
The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH

ITAA – s.a.r.a – //benitez_vogl and travesty dance group
International Textiles and Apparel Association, North Carolina

ISWC Seattle – s.a.r.a – //benitez_vogl and travesty dance group
International Symposium on Wearable Computing

Sense and Sensuality – s.a.r.a – //benitez_vogl and travesty dance group
NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, Singapore

ingenuityfest – s.a.r.a – //benitez_vogl and travesty dance group
Cleveland Docks – Cleveland, OH

bal ingenuix – s.a.r.a – //benitez_vogl and travesty dance group
Cleveland Docks – Cleveland, OH

@i Exchange – s.a.r.a – //benitez_vogl – documentation
Beijing, China

2013
ingenuityfest – s.a.r.a – //benitez_vogl and travesty dance group
Cleveland Docks – Cleveland, OH

quartier21 wien- open thread – //benitez_vogl – museumsquartier
artists in residence – Vienna, Austria

bal ingenuix – s.a.r.a. – //benitez_vogl and travesty dance group
Halcyon Lodge – Cleveland, OH

Mini Maker Faire Cleveland – OSLOOM
Cleveland Library – Cleveland, OH

danceworks 2013- s.a.r.a. – //benitez_vogl and travesty dance group
Cleveland Public Theater – Cleveland, OH

2012
World Maker Faire – OSLOOM
New York Hall of Science – New York, NY

Open Hardware Summit – OSLOOM
Eyebeam – New York, NY

Haptic Interfaces – Coded Fashion – //benitez_vogl
Academy of Visual Arts Hongkong – Hongkong, CH

ingenuityfest – Collider5: ingenuity
Cleveland Docks, Cleveland, OH

BIFT/ITAA design research exhibition
BIFT/ITAA – Beijing, China

COLLIDER – Collider4: Spectacle – VS.
Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, OH

Brite Winter – ICE
Downtown, Cleveland, OH

bal ingenuix – ICE
Halcyon Lodge, Cleveland, OH

Publications

Digital Fashion Conference – London, UK
Open Source Tools for Artists and Designers in a Closed Source environment
Expected publication date: Winter 2013

CHArt – Computer of History Arts conference – London, UK
The use of custom co-configurators, open source development and content creators in our (//benitez_vogl) collaborative praxis
Expected publication date: Fall 2013

Beijing Fashion Institute/ International Textiles and Apparel Association Conference – Beijing, CH
research for a custom software project called coded::fashion on the study of the interaction within a retail environment
ISBN#: 978-7-5064-9289-8

Speaking

2013
Digital Fashion conference – paper presentation- by invitation
Open Source Tools for Artists and Designers in a Closed Source environment – London, UK

SXSW post mortem – Cleveland American Advertising Federation – talk – by invitation
Open Source in a collaborative arts praxis and the SXSW experience for local business’ – Cleveland, OH

SXSW – South by SouthWest interactive – talk – by invitation
Open Source in a collaborative arts praxis – Austin, TX

2012
ChArt – Computers and the History of the Art conference – paper presentation – peer reviewed
The use of custom co-configurators Open Source development and content creators in our
(//benitez_vogl) collaborative arts praxis
London, UK

Open Hardware Summit
Poster and Presentation of the status of the OSLOOM project
New York, NY

BIFT/ITAA
Conference Presentation Beijing Fashion Institute/International Textile Conference
Beijing, China
COLLIDER – transform
part of panel of experts on careers in new media
Myers School of Art Auditorium, Akron, OH

Press

Cellar Door Cleveland

South by SouthWest 2013

New Media Caucus

::Latest Update::

Collider 8 and Philip Beesley Forum class at the Emily Davis Gallery at the University of Akron.

//benitez_vogl, Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl develop work within a hybrid art praxis since 2000. They question contemporary issues concerning technology, such as exploring the mediation of information in our lives. Their current research explores 3D printing and transformation of the human form with through concepts of biomimicry, the concept of pret-a-faire (ready-to-make) thru generative fashion applications and open source tools for artists.