Exhibitions help us understand the context in which artists and their works are presented to the public, but their place in art and visual culture history is often overlooked. Even some of the most important art and visual culture exhibitions in and about Asia have limited representation on Wikipedia, or none at all.
This upcoming Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, co-presented by Asia Art Archive and M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, aims to address this discrepancy. Part of an ongoing institutional collaboration and produced with the assistance of the Wikimedia Community User Group Hong Kong, the event brings together participants to discuss, create, improve, and share Wikipedia articles about exhibitions in and about Asia.
Aligned with Wikipedia Asian Month 2019, which addresses the underrepresentation of articles about Asia on Wikipedia, this event is part of an ongoing effort to contribute to discussions about the representation of art and visual culture in Asia on open-source knowledge platforms.
Click here for the articles that were newly added, edited, or translated by our participants in previous edit-a-thons in 2018 and 2019, focused on women in art and exhibition histories in and about Asia.
Free and open to the public with registration.
Before the Edit-a-thon
- Create a Wikipedia account.
- Enroll as an editor on the event dashboard. (Passcode: exhibitionhistories)
- Prepare ideas for creating or improving articles on Wikipedia. We will be providing research materials in the form of books, articles, etc., on the day; but please feel free to research beforehand.
- For online tutorials, click here for “Editing Wikipedia: A guide to improving content on the online encyclopedia”; and here for “Illustrating Wikipedia: A guide to contributing content to Wikimedia Commons.”
On the Day of the Edit-a-thon
There will be a thirty-minute tutorial at the beginning of the session, led by the M+ and AAA teams. The Hong Kong Wikimedia User Group will be there to assist us with technical questions. Please remember to bring your laptop, power cord, and, if you want to prepare beforehand, sources for your chosen article(s). Books and research materials—as well as coffee, tea, and refreshments—will be provided.
Special thanks to Wikimedia User Group Hong Kong, Wikipedia Asian Month, and Wikimedia Taiwan for their support and advice.