Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
The CCA Wattis Institute's current exhibition, Hiller/Martin: Provisional Realities, features two female artists -- Susan Hiller and Daria Martin -- whose work often addresses feminism and the complexities of contemporary gender dynamics.
Among the many questions raised by the exhibition, one of the most foundational considers our relationship to technology in this moment. With this in mind, the Wattis will host one of many satellite Art+ Feminism edit-a-thons taking place on the same day in conjunction with the primary event organized by Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York.
Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented: In a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13 percent of its contributors are women. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages.
The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation, with more articles on notable women absent on Wikipedia in comparison to Encyclopedia Britannica.
This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
Join us and help address this absence at a Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, February 1, 2014, from noon to 4 p.m. at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 350 Kansas Street, San Francisco.
We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and light refreshments. (For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.)
We also encourage remote participation; you can share your thoughts on the editing process in real-time here at the Wattis, or on our tumblr.
The inaugural event will take place at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York, with other satellite events at: the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives at Banff Centre in Banff, Canada; Studio XX at Eastern Block in Montreal; Luke Lindoe Library at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary; NSCAD University Library in Halifax; University of the Arts Greenfield Library in Philadelphia; Art Metropole in Toronto; University of Texas at Austin School of Information; and more locations to be announced.