Called the " Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon," it starts at noon Saturday at the art center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE.
Wikipedia, you might know, is an encyclopedia written and edited collaboratively by its users. But according to a 2011 survey, less than 13 percent of its contributors are female.
Perhaps a result of the limited female participation, female artists are underrepresented on Wikipedia, and, in the case of some female artists who are represented there, citations on those pages are linked to projects undertaken by male artists, said Susannah Magers, art center curator and an organizer of the Rochester event.
"It's a really self-critical endeavor for Wikipedia to acknowledge this is an issue," Magers said.
Another issue is the gap in coverage. As we walked through a current art center exhibition, Amanda Curreri's "The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics," Magers shared the story behind Curreri's " Rescreening of KBS's Cancelled 'Club Daughters of Bilitis' 2011."
"She found a video on YouTubeof a Korean GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual) soap opera. Filmed it and rescreened it." Magers said. "It can no longer be found on YouTube. It's about control of representation … there's also this conversation about disappearance."
The Edit-a-thon event is being held as part of the programming for a Curreri's exhibition.
Here's how it works:
"I'm making a list of artist pages we can work on," said Magers, who has also been learning how to be a Wiki Editor.
Attendees will team up, or work on their own if they prefer. Using reference materials provided (or bring your own reputable reference material), some participants will read and research while others input information on a laptop. When one person finds a cool anecdote, another can verify the source.
An expert editor will be on-hand at the Rochester Art Center. Angel-editors will be watching over edits and additions online and around the world throughout the weekend.
"What's really fun is there's a page where you can submit photos from the event in real time," said Magers. "Here's what's happening in Australia, New York, Minnesota." Those connections and their immediacy reinforce the emphasis on collaboration.
The event is BYOC — bring your own computer. But if you don't have one to bring, no problem — you can participate in other ways.
"You could literally show up with nothing," Magers said. "No Ph.D. in art is required. The whole point is it's a collaborative, collective effort."
Worldwide, the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is in its third year. It was first held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2014. The Rochester Art Center is a first-time participant — one of thousands of institutions hosting the event around the world.
The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. in the Feminist Space on the second floor of the art center.
Tutorials for beginner Wikipedians, reference materials, and refreshments will be provided. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to participate.
"This is a place where multiple voices are being heard," Magers said.
What: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE,
second-floor Feminist Space Who may join: Everyone is welcome Information: 507-282-8629, firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, second-floor Feminist Space
Who may join: Everyone is welcome
Information: 507-282-8629, email@example.com