TED Conference organizers responsible for their limp selection of artists working with technology could stand to take a look at Rhizome’s Seven on Seven at the New Museum April 17th. The event promises to pair seven great artists with seven technologists in teams of two, and challenge them to develop something new — be it an application, social media, artwork, product, or whatever they imagine — over the course of a single day. While I’m not expecting to see groundbreaking social media projects emerge from the conference (it’s possible just an awful lot to ask of any event), I’m sure the project will yield interesting results regardless. Challenges such as Seven on Seven, are really about developing ideas, discussion, and awareness, all of which is very much needed in the field.
Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to covering this event. And in the spirit of collaboration I’m inviting Rocketboom’s Andrew Baron to join me that day for a little post-event commentary and reflection. Here’s hoping he takes me up on my offer.
Seven on Seven Participants include technologists Ayah Bdeir, Jeff Hammerbacher, David Karp, Andrew Kortina, Hilary Mason, Matt Mullenweg, and Josh Schachter, and artists Tauba Auerbach, Cao Fei, Aaron Koblin, Monica Narula, Marc Andre Robinson, Evan Roth and Ryan Trecartin.