Editing Ourselves into Film History: #Video+ Feminism
This is a free event for SAW Video members and members of the arts community at large. You are eligible to attend this lecture if you are: a SAW Video member, professional artist, creator, arts worker, cultural worker, admirer and or advocate for video and media arts.
In honor of International Women’s Day, SAW Video will host its first annual #Video + Feminism edit-a- thon. A 2010 Wikimedia survey found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as womxn, while only 15% of the English Wikipedia’s biographies are about womxn. This event is part of an annual worldwide initiative created by Art + Feminism* to help improve Wikipedia’s gender imbalance.
Our Edit-a-thon kicks off at 11:30am with a lecture by Carleton professor Laura Horak on the history of of womxn, trans, and gender-nonconforming filmmakers, an introduction to Wikipedia’s “gender gap,” and instruction on how Wikipedia works, including the best strategies for adding and improving entries on film and video makers marginalized by their gender. Horak is author of Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressing and Lesbians in American Cinema and director of the Transgender Media Portal.
After the lecture, participants will be encouraged to form breakout groups and spend the afternoon ensuring a gender-inclusive film and video history within Wikipedia’s vast database. Participants will be guided through the available resources that can be used to update Wikipedia entries on notable womxn, trans, and gender-nonconforming filmmakers, scholars, and historians in media art. Participants will be provided an editing tutorial and one-on-one coaching. No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary.
11:00 -11:30 Welcome and sign in
11:30 - 1:00 Lecture with Laura Horak
1:00 - 2:30 Editing!
2:30 - 3:00 Break ( SAW Video will be supplying coffee and snacks but please feel free to bring your own food/beverages)
3:00 – 5:00 Editing pt. 2, Review, Discussion, and wrap up
We are very pleased to offer free childcare during this event, we need all of your attention to dismantle the patriarchy.
Materials & Prep
Please bring your smartphone, tablet and or laptop for editing/note taking and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. All registrants must:
- Have/Create a Wikipedia user account (the sooner you can make an account, the more articles you can edit)
- Enroll into our event dashboard (passcode is: djksivum. We ask this so that we can track all of our edits during the event)
We would recommend that our editing newbies do some preliminary reading and test edits to get familiar with the process.
Please register using our google form, here. As a courtesy, we ask that all registered attendants be cognizant of the space they fill. If you become unavailable to attend after registering, please email notice of your cancellation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a free event for SAW Video members and members of the arts community at large. All gender identities are welcome to participate in this event and information regarding our access can be found here.
*Art+Feminism is a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, non-binary folks, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. From coffee shops and community centers to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia.