Wikipedia Illustrated Workshop by and with Mushon Zer-Aviv & Galia Offri
While we celebrate the explosion of open source software and collaborative projects like Wikipedia, visual art has not enjoyed similar levels of passionate and generous online contribution. Open culture has developed inspiring text-based collaborative models, but has yet to develop successful models for open collaboration on visual culture. Wikipedia Illustrated seeks to develop such models. Through a book featuring 26 illustrated articles, a blog that follows the production and a set of workshops we hope to develop a methodology for contributing creative-commons licensed illustrations to Wikipedia.
The creative workshop at transmediale.11 will address the questions at the heart of this project. Is the visual aspect of Wikipedia so lacking and dated because it could only use freely licensed images? Or is it that images have to become "historical" to become removed, objective, factual, and therefore applicable to the Wikipedia guidelines? Is the Wikipedia project really inviting visual artists to contribute their work to the commons? Or is visual work inherently less collaborative? As the project evolves it exposes the myths and biases behind these questions and reveals the surprising and complicated dynamics of open culture. The last hour of the session will be an extensive discussion.
19-20: Presentation of the workshop results
Both the workshop and the presentation will take place at the Open Design City area in the lower foyer. The workshop is for pre-registered participants, but everyone is invited to hear about the project and see the results.
Wikipedia Illustrated Talk