Seven on Seven Teams: Michael Bell-Smith and Andy Baio

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Michael Bell-Smith, Glitter Bend (2008) HD Digital Video Loop

This week, we will be announcing the pairings of artists and technologists for Seven on Seven. The first team is Andy Baio & Michael Bell-Smith. They will collaborate on developing something new—be it an application, social media, artwork, product, or whatever they imagine—over the course of a single day. Also, there are still artist and member tickets available at a discount.

Michael Bell-Smith in an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work uses digital forms to interrogate contemporary culture and its relationship to popular technology. Spanning across various media - including video, the internet, installations, and prints - his practice navigates art history, pop, amateur aesthetics, and commercial graphics. Altering, reinterpreting, and compositing elements from these varied contexts, he proposes new cultural meanings for the post-internet age. His work has been exhibited and screened in museums and galleries internationally, including MoMA PS1, NY; SFMOMA, San Francisco; The 2008 Liverpool Biennial, UK; The 5th Seoul International Media Biennale; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, ES; The New Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum, DC; Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; MoMA, New York; and Tate Liverpool, UK. 

Andy Baio is a Project Director at Expert Labs, a nonprofit working on improving government by tapping into collective knowledge on social networks. Previously, he was CTO of Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, and created Upcoming.org, the collaborative events calendar acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. He recently produced the first chiptune jazz album, Kind of Bloop: An 8-Bit Tribute to Miles Davis, and original reporting on his blog Waxy.org has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, NPR, Newsweek, and MSNBC. He’s received legal threats from The Beatles, Disney, and Bill Cosby and framed each one.