The second Art + Feminism Wiki Edit-a-thon event at the Michaelis School of Fine Art is this Saturday the 9th of April.
This event, hosted by the CCA’s postdoctoral fellow Alexandra Ross as well as Jess Holdengarde, is part of the Art+Feminism Campaign which largely addresses the disparity in the gender gap of Wikipedia’s pages. See the first event to find out more about the initiative.
Following the first event, Ross claims that: The last meet-up was such a success and we have already identified a great many artists requiring their pages edited, added to or more often than not, created from scratch. The silence of the presence of South African womxn artists in the pages of Wikipedia is clear. The Art+Feminism Wikipedia-a-thon project is a global movement and really feels like such a valuable and necessary endeavour, not to mention a great group of people gathering to share and work together. It’s the start of the process in many ways and what Wikipedia allows for is different people to particiate in the creation of content depending on their skills and interests: such as editing, formatting, finding robust sources and writing content. Many hands are required and this really is the start of the process.
The training session this Saturday, delivered by a Wikimedia specialist, will run from 10am until noon, followed by an editing session until 3.30pm. There will be wine served at around 3.30 and refreshments served throughout. See details below and remember to RSVP as spaces are limited.