Dear All -
Last December 6th special meeting event
on Wikipedia and NFT with a few invited guests
made me think we could do meeting that are relevant
beyond our immediate scope and be more visible...
...but also last week I was almost topic-banned
on HR Wikipedia (Croatian) as none of the Admins knew
what Wikimedian in Residence is and were thinking
it is either paid editing or problematic self-promotion
(when I was actually unemployed :-)))
So after a successful event and a monthly HR drama,
I am thinking what can we do better to increase
WiR and WREN visibility on Wikipedia and Wikimedia.
For people coming from most of the arts the notion of
artist-in-residence is super familiar and easy to relate to,
but average Wikipedian (if there is such thing)
has very few chances to come across this term
as well as to grasp what Wikimedian in Residence is.
Only 27 Wikipedia instances have articles on WiRs
What could be good strategies to change that?
15 years ago (so we missed it by a week)
on December 13, 2006 we got this text as a start
Maybe we can draft something short quickly today
and just pass it on later in the day to Wikimedia-L
and potentially to the DIFF Blog of WMF?
Shameless self-promo, but hope to trigger your interest
for the online event tomorrow: #OpenMICwithPixelACHE
- research consultation on open archiving practices
This event is the first open and public recording session
in the form of a consultancy for a research+reflection project
on the long parallel histories -20 years- of
Wikimedia, Creative Commons, and Pixelache Helsinki Festival
as a transdisciplinary platform. It is hosted by a network of
Pixelache members and Wikimedians for Vorspiel.Berlin guests.
At times the ambitions of Open Cultures, Codes and Knowledge,
with Wikimedia and the culture of Sharing and Remix have
overlapped with media arts festivals like Pixelache,
which has promoted open culture, and Wiki methodologies
in its early years. However, since then there has been much
pragmatism as (not)social (but)algorithmic media and online
platforms have abducted, obfuscated, and taken over media
festivals in the past decades, in the way that knowledge
was accumulated and has been shared.
How do we reconcile and learn from tensions, each others'
movements and hybrid practices?
This first gathering is an open mic session, inviting
open culture and digital arts professionals and enthusiasts
to join us in a semi structured conversation for cca 60 minutes.
Participating in discussion:
Florence Devouard (User:Anthere)
Željko Blaće (User:Zblace)
Rebecca O'Neill (User:Smirkybec)
Andrew Gryf Paterson
Other participants in project:
Toni Sant (User:ToniSant)
Saturday 5th of February, 2022.
@ 15:30 UTC / 16.30 CET / 17.30 EET
Online Zoom Link:
Event on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/2aUVnvpGR
Pixelache Wikimedians-in-residence: This project will prototype
the combination podcast production, research and reflection residency
which focus on Wikimedia and cultural organisational practices,
It will discuss and reflect upon the long parallel history -20 years- of
Pixelache Helsinki Festival and transdisciplinary platform,
which has promoted open culture, and Wikimedia methodologies.
Where have these overlapped, gone hand-in-hand and then diverged.
We wish to reconcile ambitions with both the Wikimedia and
Creative Commons anniversaries.
#OpenMICwithPixelACHE - research consultation on open archiving
practices is part of the Pixelache Helsinki 20th anniversary programme.
As part of the festivities and deeper interrogations in Pixelache Helsinki's
20-year history, we plan to produce 3 discursive podcasts this year,
to be presented at the end of 2022.
The event is brought to you in partnership with Vorspiel Berlin
of CTM & Transmediale festivals with the support of
the Wikimedia Foundation.
About Pixelache Helsinki: Pixelache is an association of artists,
cultural producers, thinkers and activists involved in the creation of
emerging cultural activities. Amongst our fields of interest are:
experimental interaction and electronics, code-based art and culture,
grassroot organising & networks, renewable energy production/use,
participatory art, open-source cultures, bioarts and art-science
culture, alternative economy cultures, politics and economics of
media/technology, audiovisual culture, media literacy & ecology and
engaging environmental issues.
Pixelache Helsinki is funded by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland (TAIKE)
and Helsinki City - Culture and Leisure Department.
Vorspiel 2022: transmediale and CTM's Vorspiel is a program of
distributed partner events in the field of digital art and culture and
experimental sound and music, where a variety of partner venues invite
local and international audiences to a series of exhibition openings,
performances, interventions, artist talks and special events across the
city of Berlin.
The Vorspiel program was established in 2011, then called DAS Weekend.
In each of the past ten editions, over 60 project spaces, galleries and
independent cultural actors have curated and organized a rich program of
exhibitions, workshops and performances. Vorspiel is meant to be a
program for the city of Berlin, connecting different genres and
practices for creating opportunities of common exchange and reflection
and for bringing together communities and individuals which are dealing
with art, technology, politics and identity in a critical way, while
also seeking to strengthen the dialog with the two festivals. To create
this link, the Vorspiel program will take place before both festivals
this year starting from 21 January 2022.
For more INFO please email co-organisers of the event:
Željko Blaće, zblace(a)mi2.hr and
Andrew Gryf Paterson, andrew(a)pixelache.ac
Hi fellow WRENs,
Join here on Wednesday: https://meet.google.com/asi-hpms-pxv
Wed February 2, 12pm – 1pm Eastern Time - New York
Note that we will be returning to Google Meet rather than Wikimedia Meet,
as the latter is currently not stable enough.
On Tue, Jan 4, 2022 at 6:33 AM Samuel Klein <meta.sj(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> ZB -- Just seeing this excellent idea. Yes, it is a good time to revisit
> and envision what might be possible if this were a much broader and more
> universal practice, with a wide range of templates.
Glad to hear you think so. Few people in the WREN list also expressed
interest so maybe we start in the upcoming meeting?
> I would suggest combining it with a global scholarship program for younger
> students -- a multilingual internationally known wikimedia scholarship
> program, with matching funds and support via regional partners, would
> elevate the principles, the focus on improving public knowledge, and the
> practice of self-organization and learning-by-participating that makes us
OK - I did not hear of it, but curious for sure.
Best Z. Blace
> On Wed, Dec 22, 2021 at 1:28 AM Željko Blaće <zblace(a)mi2.hr> wrote:
>> Before this last 21st day in the 21st year of 21st century
>> is globally over, I try to re-initiate re-thinking
>> on this 15 years old proposal for a Wikipedian-in-residence
>> but also articles in (only) 27 language Wikipedias,
>> Meta, Outreach wiki and elsewhere
>> for updating the notion of WIR and roles it performs in Wikimedia,
>> an ecosystem of diverse entities, dynamics and relations.
>> As Wikimedians with wider perspective than a single wiki project, often
>> more than a single language and for sure more than single community, gear
>> up to discuss and act on 2030 strategy, that includes new initiatives, new
>> formations of decentering resources, new content, forms and methods of
>> working, with new priorities, conditions, tools, services and what
>> not…there is also a value in reflecting and reimagining what is already
>> established but often overlooked practice.
>> Some of the WIR practitioners have been self-reflecting on and off
>> publicly https://wikistrategies.net/5-things-wikipedian-in-residence/
>> and engaging with communities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc9YgFm2eso
>> there was also network establishment.
>> 3 years ago WREN UG (Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network User
>> Group) was recognized with the aim to protect the common elements of the
>> role and for creating a peer support network of new and experienced WIRs
>> for collaboration and to encourage a global professional environment which
>> inspires institutions to appoint persons to engage with Wikimedia.
>> In recent times Wikipedian-in-Residence, is more often
>> Wikimedian-in-Residence, in rapid growth of Commons and Wikidata (but also
>> in 2021 first one in Wiktionary) and sometimes Wikimedian-at-Large, in more
>> generalized practice of strategy or direction setting work.
>> Additionally in time of pandemic when doing physical events is
>> challenging and many of the (potential) partner organizations are closing
>> down or limiting public events to bare essential, short and transient it is
>> more important than ever that individuals (rather than cohorts of editathon
>> enthusiasts) keep revisiting institutions and work with them in a most
>> flexible mode and scale.
>> Finally to start both re-visioning and maybe even re-positioning WIRs in
>> Wikimedia we should think of what this network of ‘free agents’ can bring
>> towards 2030, beyond what WMF, affiliates, UGs, HUBs, WikiProjects and
>> other organizational forms can. Also think how much more useful this
>> initial inspiration of artists, writers and researchers in residence could
>> be if these creative and critical roles in the art and cultural sector get
>> embraced and encouraged more often and more intentionally.
>> Z. Blace
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