Margarita Benitez
Since 2004
Works in Kent, Ohio United States of America

Margarita Benitez is an art + technology and fiber artist based in Chicago + Miami. She is interested in the explorations of art within the making and DIY culture, specifically in modes of production. Her work is rooted in exploring underlying social issues in technology - exploring how today’s society copes with the overwhelming presence of technology, surveillance, data mining and media bombardment.
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Call for the ISWC Design Exhibition 2015 | Deadline: May, 29th, 2015

Fri May 29, 2015 23:59

Osaka, Japan

We are pleased to announce the Call for the 2015 ISWC Design Exhibition. The call for entries is below, and full information on the Design Exhibition can be found here:

Please kindly forward this email to interested colleagues, researchers, designers, and scholars.

Call for Design Exhibition ISWC 2015
ISWC 2015, the nineteenth annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers, is the premier forum for wearable computing and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies. ISWC 2015 brings together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, end users, and related professionals to share information and advances in wearable computing. ISWC 2015 will be held September 7-11 in Osaka, Japan, collocated with UbiComp 2015.

Juried Exhibition
ISWC 2015's Juried Design Exhibition invites submissions of original works of wearable technology and/or novel applications for new audiences using existing technologies. Submissions may comprise any type of wearable technology (electronic, mechanical, textile and garment-based, etc). Awards for the best design will be given in three categories: Aesthetic, Functional, and Fiber Art.
Submission Deadline: May 29th, 2015, 11:59pm PDT.
Notification of acceptance: June 19, 2015.
Camera Ready Extended Abstract Due: July 3, 2015.
Functional:Submissions to this category should be functionally-focused wearable designs, aimed at using technology to solve a particular problem or meet a specific need.
Aesthetic:Submissions to this category should be aesthetically-focused wearable designs, aimed at developing an aesthetic or visual effect through the use of technology.
Fiber arts:Submissions to this category should be non-wearable, but textile- or fiber-integrated innovations. Fiber arts submissions may be functionally or aesthetically focused. Confused about which category to pick? Many designs address both functional and aesthetic aspects of a problem. Designers should consider in which aspect their design is strongest, and submit it to that category.
Awards for the best design will be given in three categories: Aesthetic, and Functional and Fiber Art.
Awards from the 2014 Exhibition
Best in Show: Aesthetics
S.A.R.A.: Synaesthetic Augmented Reality Application
by //benitez_vogl (Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl)

Best in Show: Functional
Ballet Hero: Building a Garment for Memetic Embodiment
in Dance Learning by James Hallam and Emily Keen et al.

Best in Show: Fiber Arts
Digital Lace: A Collision of Responsive Technologies
by Sarah Taylor and Sara Robertson

Designers are asked to submit an illustrated design statement detailing the work's concept, motivation, intended audience and end-use, technological functionality, and execution. Detailed images must illustrate the text.
Please submit your document as one compiled PDF file, formatted according to the ACM extended abstracts format. The submission should not exceed 6 pages, including embedded images. All figures should be included in the document body and referenced in the text. Please cite all references used in the text according to the ACM formatting instructions. Your submitted PDF should not exceed 6 pages or 5MB. Please prepare your paper for blind review: do not include any names or institution affiliations within your submitted PDF.
Design submissions should include an illustration or image. It is strongly encouraged to include High Resolution Images and a Video at the time of submission. High Res Images and a Video will be required of all accepted designs for the camera-ready submission and will be used in the ISWC Design Exhibition. Submit your design statement and supporting materials through the PrecisionConference site
Please note: Accepted designs will need to for shipped/transported to Osaka, to arrive on or before September 7, 2015. Authors will be responsible for shipping items to and from Osaka, Japan.
Evaluation Criteria
1) Concept Originality:
How novel is the concept or application? Has it been done before? Is the approach novel? The work should exhibit depth of understanding and insight.
2) Technological Innovation:
How innovative is the use of technology: have advances been made in the use of standard tools for a new purpose? Have new technologies been developed? What does the technology bring to the wearer or the viewer in the wearable environment?
3) Execution:
How professional and polished is the finished product? Have appropriate or novel construction techniques been implemented? How have standard hardware components been adapted for the wearable environment?
4) Communication and Rigor:
How well have the concept, novelty, and use of technology been communicated? Is the idea and process evident in written and visual materials?
5) Audience/Usability:
How appropriate is the design for the intended audience/purpose? (Aesthetic and Fiber Art.) How well have the designers addressed the usability of their interface/interaction? (Functional and Fiber Art.)

For questions regarding the ISWC 2015 Design Exhibition, please mail the Design Chairs, Margarita Benitez and Halley Profita at


Call to Artists for Kinect Based Artworks

Wed Feb 01, 2012 23:59

Akron, Ohio
United States of America

Collider :: C4

Call to Artists for Kinect Based Artworks
Deadline: February 1, 2012 at 11:59 P.M.

The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and fine arts.

The theme for Collider :: C4 this year is spectacle.

The Collider :: C4 Exhibition will have an area we will call the Kinect Cube. The Kinect Cube setup will contain a computer (PC and Mac) with a projector and speakers setup to showcase Kinect Based Artworks.

Spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.
Spectacle operates in two contexts simultaneously. On the one hand, it refers to high culture (drama, movies) performances where the draw for an audience is the impressive visual accomplishment. On the other hand, it refers to low cultural shows operating in a folk environment. These can range from the freak show to folk drama to tableau and beast-plays.

Submissions via email must include:
· Artist’s name
· Artist’s address, phone and email
· Title and date of artwork
· Software setup needed to run your artwork
· Small paragraph describing the artwork and how it functions
· Link to a video showing the piece working. Please send the link to a private/public video on either Vimeo or YouTube in your email.

A selection panel will review all applications and select up to 12 pieces for exhibition during C4 in the Kinect Cube. Selected artists will be notified via email/phone. If selected, all artwork delivery will be made via digital transfer.

The Collider :: C4 exhibition will open on Monday, March 19th, 2012 and runs through Friday April 13th, 2012 at the Emily Davis Gallery, Myers School of Art at The Univeristy of Akron.