Rhizome and the New Museum recently announced the 10th edition of the celebrated art-tech platform Seven on Seven. This annual event brings together leaders in art and technology for an extended creative collaboration, giving them a simple challenge: to “make something.” On Saturday, May 19, the collaborative duos will reveal their projects at Seven on Seven, hosted by Rhizome at the New Museum.
Collaborators will rethink ways of communicating and organizing through technology. They will look to evolving disciplines such as machine intelligence and blockchain governance while revisiting fundamental principles of digital culture.
Several special programs are planned to mark the 10th edition of Seven on Seven, including a publication designed by a team at Wieden+Kennedy, led by Richard Turley, global creative director. Featuring contributions by Seven on Seven alumni, the publication will be distributed for free at the New Museum and other venues beginning May 19. An online exhibition featuring recent software from the program, “Real Artists Ship,” will be co-presented by Rhizome and the New Museum as part of their ongoing digital series First Look. Finally, a pilot Seven on Seven outreach program funded in 2017 by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation will bring an art-and-technology residency to fourth graders at Q317 in Queens in advance of the event.
ABOUT SEVEN ON SEVEN
Founded by Rhizome in 2010, Seven on Seven explores issues at the intersection of culture and technology in a novel format. Seven leading artists are paired with seven visionary technologists and asked to “make something”: an artwork, a prototype, a provocation—whatever they imagine. What they create in their short time together premieres at the conference, yet its effects ripple beyond that day.
The first Seven on Seven featured teams including video artist Ryan Trecartin and Tumblr founder David Karp, who together created Riverthe.net, a dynamic video-sharing application that was later exhibited as part of the New Museum exhibition “Free.” The 2014 edition paired artist Kevin McCoy with technology leader Anil Dash, the founder of Monegraph, a blockchain-based provenance service that became a full-fledged start-up. The 2016 edition paired artist Miranda July and Postlight founder Paul Ford, who created an unforgettable portrait of that year’s audience based on an investigation of each attendee’s social media footprint.
Rhizome champions born-digital art and culture through artist-centered programs that commission, present and preserve art made with and through digital networks and tools. Online since 1996, the organization is an affiliate of the New Museum in New York City.
ABOUT NEW MUSEUM
The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information and documentation about living artists from around the world. From its beginnings as a one-room office on Hudson Street to the inauguration of its first freestanding building on the Bowery designed by SANAA in 2007, the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas.