Wikipedia Art documentation

This two and half minute video (made for Transmediale) breaks down Wikipedia Art’s core contributions as an intervention, and work of art. The piece manifested as a conventional Wikipedia page, so that art editors could change what the work did and was, simply through their writing and talking about it – as long as they followed Wikipedia’s highly enforced and often malleable rules. Wikipedia Art started as an intervention, turned into an object, died and was resurrected several times over, through a creative pattern / feedback loop of publish-cite-transform that we call ‘performative citations’.

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Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
This is not Wikipedia, painting by Patrick Lichty
This is not Wikipedia, painting by Patrick Lichty
Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
Wikipedia Art installation detail, Furtherfield Gallery, London
Wikipedia Art installation detail, New Forms Festival, Vancouver

“I am just getting worried that somebody is going to archive the whole discussion and the postmodernists are going to hold an exhibition of ‘Look how we made the encyclopaedists dance’ with me as the star attraction” – Daniel Rigal, Wikipedia Editor

Wikipedia Art installation detail, New Forms Festival, Vancouver
Wikipedia Art installation detail, New Forms Festival, Vancouver
Wikipedia Art installation detail, New Forms Festival, Vancouver
Wikipedia Art installation detail, New Forms Festival, Vancouver
Wikipedia Art installation detail, New Forms Festival, Vancouver
Wikipedia Art installation detail, New Forms Festival, Vancouver
Wikipedia Art installation detail, New Forms Festival, Vancouver

“A group of trolls managed to manufacture for the media a publicity stunt. It’s disappointing how easy it was for them to pull it off” – Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia co-founder

Wikipedia Art installation detail, New Forms Festival, Vancouver
Wikipedia Art installation, Determining Domain, Intersection for the Arts, SF
Wikipedia Art installation, Determining Domain, Intersection for the Arts, SF
MADE REAL: Scott Kildall & Nathaniel Stern @ Furtherfield Gallery, London

Our interview at Furtherfield Gallery, London. About the show: Networks – social, political, physical and digital – are a defining feature of contemporary life, yet their forms and operations often go unseen and unnoticed. For this exhibition Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern, artists and co-founders of Wikipedia Art take these networks as their artistic materials and play-spaces to create artworks about love, power-play and a new social reality.

furtherfield.org/​exhibition/​made-real

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Wikipedia Heart

One of many artistic responses to Wikipedia Art, song by Kent Watson and lyrics by Tom and Kent Watson

Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern invited artists to re-mix the Wikipedia Art project as part of Padiglione Internet (the Internet Pavilion) for the Venice Biennale.

See all contributed remixes on WikipediaArt.org

 

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Wikipedia Art

A collaborative project initiated with Scott Kildall, Wikipedia Art was originally intended to be art composed on Wikipedia, and thus art that anyone can edit. Since the work itself manifested as a conventional Wikipedia page, would-be art editors were required to follow Wikipedia’s enforced standards of quality and verifiability; any changes to the art had to be published on, and cited from, ‘credible’ external sources: interviews, blogs, or articles in ‘trustworthy’ media institutions, which would birth and then slowly transform what the work is and does and means simply through their writing and talking about it. Wikipedia Art, we asserted at its creation, may start as an intervention, turn into an object, die and be resurrected, etc, through a creative pattern / feedback loop of publish-cite-transform that we called “performative citations.” Despite its live mutations through continuous streams of press online, Wikipedia Art was considered controversial by those in the Wikipedia community, and removed from the site 15 hours after its birth. But the debate and discussion there, and later in the art blogosphere and mainstream press, produced a notable work after all. Various communities still “transform what the work is and does and means simply through their writing and talking about it,” despite its absence from Wikipedia. The “work” has since lived as a myriad of substantiated remixes at the Venice Biennale, a performance in New York City, a book chapter, several real-world installations in Berlin, London, and Vancouver, and more. It continues to question epistemological and material occurrence in the Communication and Information Ages.

For more documentation and press, visit WikipediaArt.org