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Wednesday 09.20.06

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Round Up

Image of a termite mound courtesy of the Collective or
other Institution Emergence as found on Wikipedia

continued from last week…….

Portland’s Art scene is not the only arty area of Wikipedia that’s been messed with by pranksters. According to the current artnet.com news (at the bottom of the page) the Whitney Biennial Wikipedia site has been the subject of mischief as well.

As of this posting, the entry for the Whitney Biennial over at Wikipedia is what the online encyclopedia’s editors call a "stub," that is, a brief outline rather than a full entry. In fact, the biennial stub weighs in at just 63 words and contains exactly four links to other Wikipedia entries related to the Biennial’s rich history: “Visual Arts in the United States," "Dan Colen," "Kenneth Anger" and "Daniel Johnson." (By contrast, the entry for the ‘80s cartoon Thunder Cats is currently over 4,000 words, with a separate page titled "List of Thunder Cats Episodes" that features plot descriptions and jpgs for each individual installment.)
Though short on info, the stub is long on mischief, however. A look at the discussion page reveals that the entry was recently hit by political pranksters who put in a link to the official-looking "Whitney Biennial 2006," http://www.whitneybiennial.org/ which is actually an anti-smoking site attacking the event’s connection to sponsor, Altria. Meanwhile, the official Wiki link to "Whitney Biennial Online" http://www.whitneybiennial.com/ does not connect to the New York museum’s own website, but rather to artist Miltos Manetas’ guerilla art project from way back in 2002, which co-opted the domain name to offer groovy Flash animation.
As always on Wikipedia, the entry can be expanded by the public. Art world, get to work!

To which I must add (!!!) get to work people! Nothing has been added to the Portland Art Scene Wikipedia page since I last looked! For further reading about the wikidilemma try this one found on Art Fag City who found it on BoingBoing.

And now onto other smashing little bits:

Edward Winkleman is in a panic. He’ll be a part of a panel discussion in Kyrgyzstan in October and is asking for help in his research. He’s trying to find innovative and successful international art spaces that he might not have heard about. Know of any?

Harrell Fletcher’s show in Paris at In Situ is on the critic’s pick list at artforum.com.

And finally, I hear from a tired but dependable source scanning the radio on his way back from the coast that Julie Bernard’s Art Focus on KBOO (90.7) will be interviewing D.K. Row about blogs tomorrow at 10:30am. If anyone has more reliable information about time and content please post.

Posted by Melia Donovan on September 20, 2006 at 22:03 | Comments (0)


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