neta bomani is an abolitionist, learner and educator who is interested in parsing information and histories while making things by hand with human and non-human computers.


Zine making workshop at Art+Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon

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).

Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon

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.

On behalf of the Tech Zine Fair, Ritu Ghiya and I led a zine making workshop at the New York Public Library across the street from MoMA as a part of the event.

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.

Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon

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: