neta bomani is a worker who engages in social practices like oral history and direct action through organizing and making archives, writings, prints, zines, computational objects and workshops. neta's work has materialized as an educator of pioneer works after school programs, an organizer of the school for poetic computation, a member of stephanie dinkins studio and a participator in grassroots organizing against prisons and borders in new york city and beyond.
A close up to the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Center at the MoMA. A paper that reads “Art + Feminism: Welcome to the Edit-a-thon!” in all caps is next to a poster influenced by Swiss design which reads “MoMA” followed by blocky arrows colored in green, blue, red, yellow, cyan, turquoise and purple. Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon
On March 2, 2019, Art+Feminism had its sixth annual Wiipedia Edit-a-thon, “an all-day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to gender, art, and feminism” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Workshop participants gather and sit around three tables covered with butcher paper, magazines, markers, colored paper, glue and an assortment of other zine making supplies. Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon.
A close up of a person making a tiny accordian fold zine. The person is holding a marron colored marker and writing text onto their zine. Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon.
Based on an activity called “Wikipedia on Paper” originally developed by Maragraet Smith, our workshop extended the idea of editing Wikipedia definitions on notecards, to editing and publishing articles in zines. We specifically looked at articles about ideas, groups and figures which impact underpresented communities regarding technology, race and feminism like Octavia Butler, cybernetics, peer-to-peer and algorithmic bias.
Ritu (left) and a workshop participant (right) jofully discussing Wikipedia content on a laptop in front of them. The contents of the laptop are out of view, but we can see the two of them smiling widely. Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon.
We encouraged participants to think criticially and creatively about how we can make information more accessible to people within our communities by using analog editing and peer reviewing techniques given the following prompts: