Led by BRIC Biennial artists Heather Hart and Jina Valentine this genre-specific Wikipedia edit-a-thon will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of visual artists from the African Diaspora living or working in the Bedford-Stuyvesant or Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Together historical documents will be created that respond to the urgent need for a reconstruction of the art historical record. Join us for an evening of social Wikipedia editing! Drinks, snacks, and skills will be provided. BRING YOUR LAPTOP and feel free to bring a friend!
All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required. A brief overview of the basics of Wikipedia editing will be given at the start of the edit-a-thon. We will have a library resources and a list of suggested artists, cultural creators, and institutions on hand.
This session is open to all.
The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart which intends to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. In its 10 year existence, the BLT has taken a variety of forms relating to this most recent iteration, in the form of the Wikipedia edit-a-thon. BLT’s aim is the production of discursive sites (at literal and metaphorical lunch tables), wherein cultural producers of color engage in critical dialogue on topics directly affecting our communities. They endeavor to create spaces, online and off, mirroring the activity and creativity present in sites where Blackness and Art are performed.