In Silico et in Situ: 3D Printed Fauna Habitats
3D printed PETG/PLA (LED lights (turtle platforms))
pollinator waterer: 32" x 16: x 16"
turtle platforms: 4" x 22" x 22"

(Margarita Benitez - b. 1976 – Madrid, Spain  //  Markus Vogl - b. 1972 – Salzburg, Austria) The artist collaboration //benitez_vogl began in 2000 between Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl. Through the use of digital fabrication, virtual reality simulation, Open Source works, and 3D printing, Benitez and Vogl search for the boundary of what is plausible in the realm of art and new technology. With a varied portfolio that ranges from an application that translates dance and movement into sound, to a three-dimensional representation of the patterns present as the football changes possession in professional football, to a site-specific work that relies on the public’s use of social media hashtag pings to generate light, the duo draws from pop culture, the natural world, and mass media to create their works.

For this exhibition, the artists present two artworks from their In Silico et in Situ series. Pollinator Waterers and Turtle Platforms have been installed in the fountain pond in the east lawn of this campus. The field station monitor here presents images and video to introduce these interactive “in situ” works of art. These sculptures intervene in the natural environment, seeking improved ecological outcomes. The work at once delights and surprises, but also becomes an important description of the future potential of 3D printing.

//benitez_vogl’s work has been widely exhibited internationally across a broad range of disciplines and within various artistic, academic, and technological contexts. They have been included in such exhibitions as Art Basel Miami, Collider Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria, Beijing Fashion Institute, Beijing, China, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  In 2012, they received the NEA Media in the Arts Grant for their work S.A.R.A. Benitez and Vogl respectively are Associate Professors at Kent State University and University of Akron.

From the nominating artist

Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl are a collaborative group of artists who create interactive installations, sound installations and sculptures. What I admire most about their work is their unflinching passion to take risks through the use of high and low tech materials and processes. Embedded in their passion is an idiosyncratic combination of inquisitiveness, discovery and humor.
— Darice Polo

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