Founded by Rhizome in 2010, 7×7 (Seven on Seven) pairs seven leading artists with seven visionary technologists, and challenges them to make something new—an artwork, a prototype, whatever they imagine. What’s created is premiered at the annual flagship event.
On October 5, 2020, Rhizome & Kunsthall Stavanger will premiere 7×7 Stavanger, a newly-imagined, socially-distanced edition for 2020, comprising seven days of art-tech premieres, each taking the form of a 30-minute live-event broadcast, with audience Q&A. Episodes will debut live each successive day at 2PM EST / 8PM CEST through Sunday, October 11. The online-only conference program will later take physical form as a first-ever 7×7 exhibition, scheduled to open at Kunsthall Stavanger in the Spring of 2021.
In 2019, Rhizome & Kunsthall Stavanger began discussing how the 7×7 platform could be brought to Stavanger, following the Kunsthall's longtime interest in the intersection of contemporary art and digital culture, and Stavanger and Norway’s roles as hubs for technology startups in the region. Originally planned as an in-person conference made impossible due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the partners reworked 7×7 to explore relevant themes and model remote, interisciplinary collaboration.
7×7 Stavanger is coorganized by Rhizome’s Michael Connor, Aria Dean, and Zachary Kaplan, and Kunsthall Stavanger’s Hanne Mugaas and Jessica Morris.
This site and the 7×7 brand was created by Laura Coombs. (7x7no) was developed by Rhizome’s Mark Beasley.
Video production was led by Lauryn Siegel. Live events were produced by New Museum’s Derek Wright.
7×7 was created by Lauren Cornell with Fred Benenson, John Borthwick, and Peter Rojas.
Stavanger Smart City is an official program partner.
Seven on Seven is generously supported by Arts Council Norway; Rogaland County Council; The Fritt Ord Foundation; Nordic Culture Fund; Deutsche Bank and the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; and the Norwegian Consulate General in New York.
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 iconic New Museum in New York City. For more information, visit rhizome.org.
ABOUT KUNSTHALL STAVANGER
Kunsthall Stavanger is a contemporary art institution that serves as a platform for the production, exhibition, and distribution of artworks that are part of a large international discourse. We collaborate with artists and guest curators to develop solo and group exhibitions with the goal of creating transformative experiences and in depth audience engagement. For more information, visit kunsthallstavanger.no.