April 3, 2018

Rhizome Reveals Participants and Details for Its Tenth Edition of Seven on Seven

NEW YORK—Rhizome and the New Museum announced today the participants in the tenth edition of the art-tech platform Seven on Seven. The annual event invites leading figures working in the fields of art and technology for an extended creative collaboration during which they are challenged to “make something.”

Organized by artistic director Michael Connor and executive director of the project Zachary Kaplan, the upcoming edition of Seven on Seven asks the program’s collaborators to rethink how to communicate and organize through technology in a way that addresses the current moment of broad public disillusionment with digital platforms. “This year’s collaborations are marked by a new openness to technological, social, and political alternatives that might previously have seemed unrealistic,” Connor said. “It’s a time to go back to first principles.”

In celebration of the initiative’s tenth edition—it was first launched by Rhizome in 2010—a publication designed by a team at Wieden+Kennedy, featuring contributions by Seven on Seven alumni, will be distributed for free at the New Museum and other venues beginning May 19, the same day the projects will be revealed. In addition, the organizations will launch an online exhibition, titled “Real Artists Ship,” featuring recent software from the program and a pilot Seven on Seven outreach program, funded in 2017 by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, which will bring an art-and-technology residency to fourth graders at Q317 in Queens.

“This year’s Seven on Seven is an opportunity to consider all that we’ve accomplished. Over ten editions, the program has done so much to make the argument that the fields of technology and art must learn from one another, in ways that acknowledge their points of overlap and their specificities,” said Zachary Kaplan, Rhizome’s executive director. “But at the same time, it’s an opportunity to think about the future. Critiques of technology’s effects have become increasingly mainstream; what sort of alternatives might be imagined as part of Seven on Seven over the next decade?”

Participants in Seven on Seven include:

Artist Petra Cortright and engineer and entrepreneur Carl Tashian.

Artist Sara Cwynar and Cierra Sherwin, the director of color product development at Glossier.

Artist and Nonfood cofounder Sean Raspet and designer and developer

Francis Tseng.

Artist Tabita Rezaire and Kenric McDowell, the director of Google Artists and Machine Intelligence.

Artist Avery Singer and Matt Liston, a founding member and ambassador at Gnosis.

Artist Mika Tajima and Yasmin Green, the R&D director of Jigsaw at Alphabet Inc.

Artist Dena Yago and Yalda Mousavinia, the founder of Space Cooperative.

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