In solidarity with ART + FEMINISM events worldwide, Western Front Media Arts invites people of all genders and expressions to join in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, a communal updating of Wikipedia’s entries on art and feminism. Participants are invited to attend Vancouver meet ups where they will be provided with tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials and refreshments. To participate guest must have a laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For more details, and to suggest or claim names for the event, please view the Vancouver Meet Up wiki entry.
Art+Feminism is envisioned as an intervention both as feminists and as librarians/ professors/ artists/art workers/art lovers – a contribution of our specific knowledge to the Commons. Less than 10% of Wikipedia’s editors identify as cis or trans women. According to the latest studies new female editors are more likely to have their edits reverted. Articles on topics that are typically associated with women are mostly shorter and less structured than articles on men related themes. Articles about women are more likely to be linked to the articles about men than vice versa. Female related articles use gender related words (woman, female, lady) more often than articles about men.
Edit-a-thon Information Session and Meet n’ Greet
Friday, February 26th
2 – 4pm
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
In the Gallery Library, 2nd Floor
Sunday, March 6th
Western Front, Grand Luxe Theatre
303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver