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. They collaborate since the year 2000 as the artist collaboration //benitez_vogl.
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.
Please use benitezvogl.com for a full overview of works.