ART IN THE ARENA OF ACTIVISM: THE ART+FEMINISM EDIT-A-THON
Public talk by Flora Katz, curator, art critic, and Paris Art+Feminism organiser
9 February, 7.00–9.00PM
Entry is free
In the lead up to Malta’s first ever Art+Feminism edit-a-thon Blitz, in collaboration with the French Embassy Malta, welcomes Flora Katz, organiser of three Art+Feminism edit-a-thons. For this free public talk, Flora Katz will present the 2017 Paris edition and discuss some of the issues at the core of the project, such as, how art and wikipedia can be a driving force to gather a community and act upon feminist issues, and what is at stake in the elaboration of an activist and co-creative project within artistic institutions.
The 2017 Paris edition of Art+Feminism took as its starting point the book by art historian and critic José Esteban Muñoz, ‘Disidentifications: Queers Of Color And The Performance Of Politics’ (1999). In collaboration with the artist Wu Tsang, the event focused on raising awareness and creating content on Wikipedia about queer of colour artists. It included an ephemeral library, performances and discussions around the theme. 1200 people attended the event, 38 articles were created, and 152 edited. It was held at the Archives Nationales, and produced by Lafayette Anticipations, Fondation d’entreprise Galeries.
Flora Katz is an art critic, independent curator and PhD student at the institute ACTE (CNRS / Université Paris 1-La Sorbonne). She has worked at Centre Pompidou, at Bétonsalon – Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris, and Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York. Flora is currently collaborating with DOC! to co-run the Free University, and Orange Rouge. She has curated projects at Lafayette Anticipations (Editathon Art+Feminism), Fondation Ricard, Instants Chavirés, chez Treize. She writes for artists, and sometimes for ArtPress, and Mouvement. Most of her time is dedicated to research on Pierre Huyghe and philosophies related to the speculative realism umbrella.
Art+Feminism is an international project aimed at improving content on women and the arts on Wikipedia, and encouraging women’s participation in the encyclopaedia. The project’s main event is an editing workshop – Edit-a-thon – that takes place over a number of days and brings people together to learn how to edit Wikipedia to create new articles and improve existing content on women and the arts.
2018 will mark the fifth year of the Art+Feminism project. Blitz is organising and hosting an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 8–10 March 2018 as part of a global event coinciding with International Women’s Day. The Edit-a-thon is led by an organising committee of experts and enthusiasts from across the cultural and education sectors. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.
In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons aim to reduce this gender bias. Since 2014, over 280 Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving an estimated 4,600 articles.
Public talk by Flora Katz, curator, art critic, and Paris Art+Feminism organiser:
Friday 9 February, 7:00 – 9:00PM
Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon opening night: Thursday 8 March
Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon: 9-10 March
The Malta edition of Art+Feminism is produced and presented by Blitz, and supported by French Embassy Malta. Art + Feminism is a collaboration with Wikimedia Community Malta and Spazju Kreattiv, through the project Wiki Loves Art.