Submissions/Using Wikicommons and conference attendant as a generative system for making artwork.

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This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no. 508
Title of the submission
Using Wikicommons and conference attendant as a generative system for making artwork.
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Kit French Sonia Ourmanova Beth Sarney

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Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)


Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

As artists we are interested in creating work from large archives of information, where we relinquish control and form and content are left to chance. Installed in a booth for the entire length of the conference, a group of three local artists will invite attendees to participate in the creation of a user-generated photomontage. Using the vast image archive of Wikicommons participants will search for an image on a topic or at random. Those images will be printed out and added to a continuously transforming photomontage. By combining the technique of photomontage and chance operations this project questions the notions of authorship, while attempting to outline the web of associations between participants. In addition, the aim of this project is to engage visitors as active participants in the creation of this artwork, which carries on the ethos established by Wikimedia.

Progress of the project will be documented by time-lapse camera and regular blog posts.

Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes

Length of conference

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)

All supplies will be provided by artists, we just need wi-fi

Special request as to time of presentations

We like to be placed in a common area

Interested attendees

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