I was invited to participate in a Wiki Sprint at the Mapping Festival in Geneva last May. VJs and academics from around the world gathered and collaboratively rewrote, sourced, and found open licensed images for a new Wikipedia page on VJing, which was sorely in need of development and discipline. We also did a presentation at the Mapping Festival on our work, where we did an audio recording of the Wikipedia page for the hearing impaired. Soon after, our work was turned into a book that was published by Greyscale Press.
You can download VJing by 375 Wikipedians as a PDF here.
From Greyscale Press:
Published September 27, 2010
Greyscale Press annouces the publication of VJing – by 375 Wikipedians, a paperback reader that reproduces faithfully the article VJing from Wikipedia.org (based upon the revision of July 25th 2010).
This book is the physical outcome of a collective writing workshop that was held in Geneva between May 6th-13th 2010. Taking place in the context of Mapping Festival, an event dedicated to live audiovisual performance art, this writing-sprint gathered a small but dedicated team of contributors who spent seven days discussing, expanding, translating and improving the Wikipedia article dedicated to the artistic practice of VJing.
For more information, see http://greyscalepress.com/2010/books/vjing/
An interview about the process of the Wiki-Sprint has been published by the Institute of Network Cultures: http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/cpov/2010/06/29/manuel-schmalstieg-and-the-wiki-sprint/
Our press release is available here in PDF format.
This book is a faithful reproduction of the Wikipedia article “VJing”, based upon the revision of July 25th 2010, last edited by 126.96.36.199. This book was produced as a physical outcome of the “wiki-sprint“, a collaborative writing workshop that was held in May 2010 in the frame of Mapping Festival, Geneva.
The book includes a prologue by Raphael DiLuzio and an introduction by Ana Carvalho. The final editing and layout took place in August 2010 during Hyperactivity, a summer lab at Centre d’art de Neuchâtel.
Carrie Gates (Canada)
VJ and media technician at University of Saskatchewan (Canada)
Raphael Di Luzio (USA)
Associate Professor of New Media at University of Maine
Carole Thibaud (France)
Artist and VJ
Xárene Eskandar (USA)
Editor of vE-jA: Art and Technology of Live Audio/Video (h4 San Francisco, 2006)
PhD student at University of California, Santa Barbara
Alex Berry (USA)
artist and VJ
Kenneth Feinstein (Singapore)
multimedia artist and theorist
Time lapse of our office: