Artists: Jorge & Lucy Orta
70 x 7 is a meal for seven guests, who in turn invite seven…
Since 2002, Lucy and Jorge Orta have set up over twentyfive meals in twenty different locations. Each meal takes the form of an act or part of the larger project 70 x 7 The Meal, an opera - in the Wagnerian sense of the word - where many art forms and disciplines converge. The meals propose a new educational, social and environmental debate and the possibility of endless encounters for guests in numbers equal to multiples of seven.
The idea sprung up from the biblical signification of 7 x 7, meaning Ad Infinitum (70 x 7 x, Lc. 17,4), a pretext for a sort of multiplying ritual: manifold encounters of seven guests. Lucy and Jorge Orta have appropriated this ancestral ritual into a series of dynamic encounters, bringing people from different walks of life together to meet, share and debate around a thematic table which becomes a site-specific installation complete with a set of limited edition of Limoges porcelain plates and an ‘endless’ tablecloth. Each meal is composed in response to local contexts, each plate is unique to the occasion as well as the starting point for discussions.
Previous 70 x 7 The Meal events:
70 x 7 The Meal also serves as a forum to establish collaborations with community groups in South America. The profit from the sale of a special edition of porcelain plates, the series Escuela 21, helps to finance these projects.
Act I – All in One Basket, Les Halles Paris, 1997
Act II – Hortirecycling Enterprise, Secession Vienna, 1999
70 x 7 The Meal, act III, Innsbruck 2000 – 2 meals 63 guests.
70 x 7 The Meal, act IV, Dieuze, France, 2000 – an open-air buffet 3000 guests.
70 x 7 The Meal, act V-VII, Mexico City, 2001 - 3 sites, 900 guests at The Diego Rivera Museum, Convento de la Mercedes, Casa de Francia French Embassy Mexico City.
70 x 7 The Meal, act VIII Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A., 2001
70 x 7 The Meal, act IX, Immanence 2001 - A Japanese meal for 28 members of the artist’s collective in Montparnasse, Paris.
70 x 7 The Meal, act X, Napa Valley, California, U.S.A., 2001
70 x 7 The Meal, act XI, Antwerp, Belgium, 2001
70 x 7 The Meal, act XII Amiens, France, 2001
70 x 7 The Meal, act XIII Colchester, England 2001 -presented as part of the project Life Nexus: A Question of Heart, at Firstsite Gallery
70 x 7 The Meal, act XIV Köln, 2001
70 x 7 The Meal, act XV Cape Town, 2002
70 x 7 The Meal, act XVI Bolzano, 2002
70 x 7 The Meal, act XVII Toulouse, 2002
70 x 7 The Meal, act XVIII Gratz, 2002
70 x 7 The Meal, act XIX Eindhoven, 2002
70 x 7 The Meal, act XX Paris, 2003
70 x 7 The Meal, act XXI Utrecht, 2005
70 x 7 The Meal, act XXII Hasselt, 2005
70 x 7 The Meal, act XXIII Barbican Centre, London, 2005
70 x 7 The Meal, act XXIV Amsterdam 2006 – ArtAids Foundation
70 x 7 THE MEAL
Act XXV, London 2006
Open House / Casa Abierta Exhibition