Rhizome and the New Museum today announce the relaunch of Seven on Seven (7×7), the iconic art and technology program, to take place at the New Museum on January 27th, 2024. Founded in 2010, 7×7 pairs leading artists with visionary technologists and tasks them with a simple challenge: make something new. The results are presented at a public, experiential conference.
Presented by Hyundai Motor through an ongoing partnership with Rhizome of the New Museum, the 2024 edition will focus on AI and is co-organized by Michael Connor, Co-Executive Director of Rhizome, and Xinran Yuan, independent curator and producer. The first in-person edition to be held since 2019, 7×7 2024 draws together creative pairings from across disciplines. The collaborators will consider how AI may alter our understanding of love, humor, and improvisation; biology, politics, and histories.
The 7×7 2024 participants are:
Quantum physicist Dr. Stephon Alexander with comedian, artist, and musician Reggie Watts
Replika AI CEO and Founder Eugenia Kuyda with artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson
Boston Dynamics Director of Human-Robot Interaction David Robert with artist Miriam Simun
Nym Technologies CEO and Co-Founder Harry Halpin with artist Tomás Saraceno
Ginkgo Bioworks Head of Creative Christina Agapakis with artist Xin Liu
Runway CEO and Co-Founder Cristóbal Valenzuela with comedian, writer, and actor Ana Fabrega
Engineer and entrepreneur Alan Steremberg with artist Rindon Johnson
“Neural networks and other AI systems have long been topics of note at 7×7. With these technologies now widely available, 7×7 2024 takes an expansive but critical view of their role in society,”
“The participants look beyond the dreams of apocalypse and the endless drive to extract, and ask, what new kinds of collaborations and entanglements will AI enable?”Rhizome Co-Executive Director Michael Connor.
Since its inception in 2010, 7×7 has been a catalyst in the evolution of art and technology collaboration, often acting as a mirror of significant cultural contexts and an indicator of emerging trends in our increasingly technological society. The site of the creation of the first NFT by artist Kevin McCoy and technologist Anil Dash in 2014, 7×7 has catalyzed some of the earliest creative experimentations and critical engagements with machine learning, blockchain, and social media technologies. Past participants include Ai Weiwei, American Artist, Alex Chung, Miranda July, David Karp, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Trevor McFedries, Jonah Peretti, Aza Raskin, Tabita Rezaire, Hito Steyerl, Martine Syms, and Meredith Whittaker, to name a few.
7×7, presented by Rhizome and Hyundai Motor, is made possible through an ongoing partnership between Rhizome, the New Museum, and Hyundai to showcase leading digital art globally. This partnership, which began in 2020, has included exhibitions in three countries as well as on the web and several artist commissions.
Visionary partners for 7×7 are project partner SMK-National Gallery of Denmark, supporting the pairing of Eugenia Kuyda and Lynn Hershman Leeson, and research partner APOSSIBLE.
Additional support for 7×7 is provided by Refik Anadol, Rudy Austin, and Fred Benenson.