In December 2021, Kunsthall Stavanger and Rhizome will present an exhibition bringing together works and projects from 7 x 7 Stavanger, which took place online in 2020.
Founded by Rhizome in 2010, 7 x 7 pairs artists and technologists and challenges them to make something new. From October 5-11, 2020, Rhizome and Kunsthall Stavanger presented the first Norway-based edition, 7 x 7 Stavanger, comprising seven 40-minute premiere episodes, available to watch at 7x7.no. The participants will reconvene for an exhibition bringing together works from this edition and the past.
In 2019, Rhizome and 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, interdisciplinary collaboration.
Participants in 7 x 7 2020 included:
Filmmaker and artist Shu Lea Cheang og Kate Adamala, Biochemist
Artist Yngve Holen and Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Social Innovation
Artist Joan Heemskerk (JODI) and Andre Melo, Quantum Engineer
Artist Ane Graff and Tal Danino, Biologist
Artists and musicians Mendi + Keith Obadike and Kelly Benoit Bird, Scientist
Artist Neil Beloufa and Damian Bradfield, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of WeTransfer & WePresent.
Artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Jesse Walden, Founding Partner at Variant Fund.
7 × 7 Stavanger was co-organized by Rhizome’s Michael Connor, Aria Dean, and Zachary Kaplan, and Kunsthall Stavanger’s Hanne Mugaas and Jessica Morris.
7x7.no and the 7 × 7 brand was created by Laura Coombs. 7x7.no 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.
7 x 7 Stavanger was 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.