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Margarita Benitez

Margarita Benitez

area: Fashio Technology / Theory

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Key Facts




Fashio Technology / Theory



recommending institution

Fulbright Commission

time period

May 2013 - June 2013

Benitez (MFA in Art+Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago) is the Fashion Technologist and Assistant Professor at Kent State University’s Fashion School. She works interdisciplinary in sound, fashion technology (e-textiles) and her current research explores the concept of pret-a-faire (ready-to-make) thru generative fashion applications.

2013  Ingenuity Fest, Cleveland, OH.
Bal Ingenieux, Cleveland, OH.
2012  Balenciaga in Hawaii, 2012 ITAA Annual Conference, Waikiki Beach, HI.
BIFT/ITAA Joint Symposium, Design Research Exhibition, Beijing, China.
Bal Ingenieux, Cleveland, OH.
Collider 4 :: Spectacle, 2012, The Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, OH.
Ingenuity Fest, Cleveland, OH.
Booker's Dozen 2011, Idaho Center for the Book @ Boise State University. Juried
Traveling exhibition with multiple venues located within Idaho.
2010 Master's Mystery, Ritz-Carlton, Miami Beach, FL.
Faculty Show, The Emily Davis Gallery at the Myers School of Art, University of Akron, OH.
OFF LEASH, Nina Torres Fine Art, Miami, FL.
2009 LiveBox Lab, Chicago, IL.
Connected 09: An International Symposium Connecting Arts & Recycling, Pöllau, Austria
Subtexts, Multimedia Gallery, Philadelphia.
2008 Ameri-Dreaming, C Y Art Gallery, MSU.
Surface Design: Teacher-Mentors and the New Generation, Truman State University.
State of the Union. ArtCenter South Florida September. [solo show]
Me, Myself and I Freeark Gallery, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, Illinois May/June.
MFA Graduate Exhibition. G2 Gallery Chicago, Illinois April.
Social Fabrics. CAA Dallas, Texas February. Curated by Patrick Lichty and Susan Ryan.
Uncharted Territory: SDA International Student Textile Exhibition - OPIE Gallery - LEEDY
VOULKOS, Kansas City, Missouri. Juried by Annet Couwenberg and Wendy Huhn.
Emerging Illinois Artists McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois. Juried by Robert Sill.
Do Not Disconnect SA IC G2 Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Me, Me, Me O rleans Street Gallery, St. Charles, Illinois
If other, Please Explain Work Exhibition Space, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2006 CINTAS FELLOWSHIP FINALISTS 2006 Buena Vista Building, Miami, Florida.
[alt][space] Buena Vista Building, Design District, Miami, Florida
2005 FLORIDA ARTISTS BOOK PRIZE EXHIBITION Bienes C enter for the Literary Arts
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
2005 BFA EXHIBITION, Philip & Patricia Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL.
KUNST MOTEL: Insatiable Thoughts, A rt Basel Miami Beach unaffiliated, Miami, Florida.
MASTERS MYSTERY SHOW, A rt Basel Miami Beach unaffiliated, Miami, Florida
Boca Raton Museum of A rt. Boca Raton, Florida.
TEXTILE TALENTS 2005 East Carolina University. Greenville, North Carolina.
FULL LOAD- The Loft Building FIU Wolfsonian & Dacra Miami, Florida.
NORTH GOES SOUTH- Bes t in Show Graham Center Gallery. Curated by Pip
Brant. Florida International University. Miami, Florida
BEYOND ALL OF THAT EDGE ZONES @ World Arts Building. Curated by Charo Oquet/David
Vardi. Miami, Florida.
2004 OMNI ART Curated by Carol Damien & Tina Spiro. Downtown - Miami, Florida.
MIAMI NOW EDGE ZONES @ World Arts Building. Curated by Charo Oquet & David Vardi. Miami, FL.
15th ANNUAL USE University Student Exhibition, ACA Hester Merwin Ayers Gallery, Atlantic C enter
for the Arts. Juried by John Torreano. New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

2006 Pulsar Caracas 2006. Oct 1 Nov 18,
2005 Fes tival Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. Nov 15-27, 2005.
The Education Channel's Annual Independents' Film Festival (IFF).
2005 Zeitgeist International Film Festival. San Francisco, California.
Connected 09 - with Primoz Oberzan
Enemy Dyadic - with James Murray
Musicircus Dyadic - with James Murray


:: Open Source Tools for Artists and Designers in a Closed Source Environment, Paper presentation, Digital Fashion    
Conference, May 2013, London College of Fashion, London, UK.
:: Wearable Technology Fashion Symposium, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, March 2013.
:: The use of custom co-configurators open source development and content creators in our (//benitez_vogl)
collaborative praxis, Paper presentation, CHArt 2012, London, UK.
:: E-Textiles, LLUNATICS, 080 Barcelona Fashion Week, July 2012, Barcelona, Spain
:: CODED :: FASHION, Design Research Exhibition Presentation, CODED :: FASHION, 2012 BIFT/ITAA Joint Symposium,  Beijing, China

- Fulbright Fellowship Artist-in-Residence at MuseumsQuartier | quartier21, Vienna, Austria
open thread :: wien, summer 2013.    
- Recipient: IngenuityLabs 2013 project grant for S.A.R.A.: Sensory Augmented Reality Application.
- NEA ARTWORKS in Design Grant for Shifting Paradigms of Identity: Creative Technology and Fashion; Fashion Technology    exhibition Co-Curator September 2013 – June 2014.
- NEA Media in the Arts Grant for S.A.R.A.: Sensory Augmented Reality Application. NEA Media in Arts. NEA response Principle Investigator: Markus Vogl. Co-investigator: Margarita Benitez.
- Recipient: Ingenuity Fest 2011, Artist Grant for i<3 and currents
- Farris Family Innovation Award 2010-2012 for OSLOOM, Kent State University, Kent, OH.

Ducharme Foundation, Chicago, Illinois.
Philip & Patricia Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida.
Private Collections

:: Weavezine: 51: OSLoom (<link audio>
:: DIY Fabric Creation: osloom (<link archive diy-fabric-creation-osloom>
:: O pen Materials: osloom (<link http: osloom-an-open-source-computer-controlled-loom _blank external-link-new-window externen link in neuem>
:: wiki entry: osloom (<link http: osloom _blank external-link-new-window externen link in neuem>
:: openwear collaborative clothing: osloom, an open source jacquard loom is on its way (<link http: blog _blank external-link-new-window externen link in neuem>
:: ILIA Today: osloom gets off the ground (<link http: departments fashion_design index.php _blank external-link-new-window externen link in neuem>
:: Megalopolis: Chicago, May 2009.
:: Miami New Times- September 2008
:: El Nuevo Herald 5/13/2006
:: T odd Tongen, Channel 10 Taxi, Geek Art Show 1999.
:: New Florida, Geek Art Show 1999.


“open thread :: wien” is a generative fashion collection which is based on data
obtained in Vienna and using the Wiener Werkstätte as an aesthetic point of departure in the inspiration of the collection. The collection’s textile prints will be created through generative code. The code will combine data that is mined from Vienna in conjunction with inspiration from the fashion and textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte.
The Wiener Werkstätte (production community of progressive artists and designers) was established in 1903 and was committed to designing art that would be accessible to everyone (precursor to open design). The entire collection created in Vienna will be released open source.
The research will trace the Viennese roots of the art movement within some of the amazing archives located in Vienna, including Universität für angewandte Kunst. ase of the collection through creative commons licensing. The patterns will be released online for history, essentially furthering truly interactive experience, where the consumer is an active participant and actually becomes the producer.
The theme of this particular collection is open thread and has a similar principal than the Wiener Werkstätte: Better to work 10 days on one product than to manufacture 10 products in one day. The imagery for the textile prints would be generated through software - data mined information from Vienna and inspired by the Wiener Werkstätte.
The entire collection created in Vienna will be released open source, the designs as well as the textile patterns. One of each design will be locally sourced, cut and produced. The collection will be under the label: antisocial butterfly (collaborative name of Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl). The collection will be created on the antisocial butterfly manifest the producer is the consumer; fashion can be obtained either open source or on demand; objects can be obtained either open source or on demand.

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