[ISEA2018] Artists Statement: Margarita Benitez & Markus Vogl — In silico et in situ

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Presentation of the interactive audiovisual installation LEIKHĒN, which combines biomedical signals within an immersive interactive environment. The project is inspired by the composite plant of lichen (from Greek: leikhēn), which is the result of a hybrid partnership between a fungus and an alga. The installation is therefore a reflection upon the interaction and mutualistic relationship between two organisms, and how this union impacts on their behaviours inside a created audiovisual space. The installation was created in the frame of an artist in residence invitation at the Immersive Lab (IL), ICST – Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK), Switzerland.

  • Margarita Benitez is the Fashion Technologist and an Associate Professor at The Fashion School at Kent State University, USA and Markus Vogl is an Associate Professor in Art at The University of Akron, USA. 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 explorations for 3D printed fauna habitats. Their work has been showcased via exhibitions and presentations on 6 continents.They have won several awards and are Fulbright Fellowship Alumni.    benitezvogl.com