Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 - 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors were women. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of representation from women.

Let’s change that.

Join us during Downtown at Sundown for a communal Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon during which we’ll create or update the Wikipedia entries of female artists from the Museum's permanent collection like Virginia Beahan, Veronika Kellendorfer, and Mónica Arreola.

In the context of Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen, an exhibition dealing with issues of visibility and invisibility, and gaps in official records, we will explore these ideas as they relate to the Wikipedia presence of female artists. Just as Trevor Paglen addresses the power of the internet and the practice of bringing attention to the overlooked or intentionally obscured, we will do the same by promoting the visibility of under-represented female artists on Wikipedia.

In doing so, we will also explore what it means to edit the online encyclopedia, and investigate how Wikipedia's cultures and practices produce gender bias through knowledge production.

At 5 PM and 6:30 PM, an experienced Wikipedia instructor will lead hands-on Wikipedia editing workshops to guide participants in making simple edits together, while teaching about Wikipedia's content policies and editing interface to expand understanding of the different ways in which one can contribute.

For the editing averse, we welcome you to stop by to show your support and join the conversation. People of all gender identities and expressions are encouraged to participate.

In advance of the event, participants are encouraged to create a Wikipedia user account. If possible, please bring a laptop and power cord. The Museum will also have a few devices for use.

Image: Francesca Lissoni