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Say Hello to Christina and TED

Meet Christina Gentry; she’s the first – and so far the only – person to take me up on my offer to have lunch at Pucks with the IMA’s director, Max Anderson, for making a Wikipedia article about one of the IMA’s outdoor sculptures. As for TED, I’ll get to that later.

First check out Christina’s Wikipedia article on the Sutphin Fountain, which even has a link to a set of pictures of the fountain on Nice work, Christina!

Christina Gentry at IMA

I asked her if she thought making a Wikipedia article was hard to do and she said that once she took a few minutes to figure out how to use the software that Wikipedia employs that it was “pretty easy and kind of fun.”

Christina is finishing up her bachelor’s degree in the Museum Studies program at IUPUI, and thought that it would be a good networking opportunity to have lunch with the IMA’s director (yeah, I agree, plus the food at Pucks isn’t too shabby either).

While I was thrilled to meet Christina and see her work, I’m a little bummed that she’s the only one that’s made an article so far. I thought for sure other folks would jump at the chance to have lunch with our director. Really, I kind of thought I would be over-run with undergrad & grad students interested in museum careers from nearby universities. I thought we’d already have something like the Wikipedia article: List of Sculptures in Central Park. But, then again, I’m an optimist.

I’m not saying I’m this kind of depressed, that I’m down here in a “glass cage of emotion,” but I’m beginning to wonder if Christina and I are the only ones around here that think this is a good idea. Here’s my way of finding out: the offer is only good until April 30th, 2008. After that, I’ll move along.

But, listen, imagine for a second if the majority of artworks in the world had Wikipedia articles; it could be like a catalogue raisonné for everything, even new artworks as they are being made. I know Wikipedia isn’t perfect, but I think Jimmy Wales’ concept of an encyclopedia being “radical” is pretty much right on.

I admit, though, my hopes might be a bit far-fetched but that’s because I’m a believer. And this is where TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) comes in; I’ve been watching all sorts of videos over there, and have begun to buy into the whole “True Global Social Organization” notion.

I won’t go on about this for long, but if you’re interested watch the Howard Rheingold video and see him go from mastodons up to super computers “leaping off the desktops” and beyond. Or, better yet, watch Robert Wright tell How Cooperation Eventually Trumps Conflict. My point is that collaboration on a global scale is happening and it might just change the world. So, we play this back to the IMA: your making an article for Wikipedia not only will get you free lunch with our director, it might just help save the world. Okay, now that’s far fetched ….

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11 Responses to “Say Hello to Christina and TED”

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    Richard Says:

    I don’t know what the protocol is for providing unprovoked commentary on your own post; it’s probably not a good thing, but I wanted to add a note about the upcoming Art Wiki Marathon to this post.

    It will be taking place world wide on Saturday, April 26th.

    Here’s a rational from the Great Internet Art Wiki Marathon web page:

    “There’s a lack of art/artist info on Wikipedia, and we’re often too busy to find the time to contribute. So, we’re setting aside one day where a crew of people collectively drop serious knowledge into Wikipedia about art. From your favorite notable artwork, artist or exhibition, to our soon-to-be-famous peers. We’ll also add structural links to alumni schools and categories like collective art groups, non profit orgs, etc.

    “The day is Saturday January 26th: an afternoon on the internet quietly enriching the public domain. We imagine groups of 2-4 people around tables across the country, bottomless coffee cups fueling the discussions, fact checking, and troubleshooting. Ideally lots of ‘oh, that person worked with X, I’ll make a page for them, link me up.’ There will also be a lot of online chatting across coasts. Video chats if bandwidth permits.”

    Remember: the IMA now has free wireless access at the museum, so it would be possible for you to work in the IMA’s café, library, or even in the gallery.

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    Richard Says:

    Jasmine has made an article about Robert Indiana’s “Numbers,” so that means there’s only 3 spots left for lunch.

    Nice work, Jasmine!

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    Amber Says:

    I don’t have a real comment. I just wanted someone to comment on Richard’s blog, besides Richard.

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    Richard Says:

    MMMM… that too stings, Amber. (Though I appreciate the effort — the upstairs of the IMA looking out for the downstairs.)

    But clearly you’re just making this into a bigger mess. And here I am, like a rope-a-dope, responding to your response about my responding to my own post. Could it get any worse?

    I really have to stop doing this less folks start thinking I’m really desperate.

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    Joelle Says:

    I wrote a wiki blurb on LOVE when you first requested articles, however I am apparently a tech challenged art-ling and wikipedia deleted my article :(

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    Richard Says:

    Hey, Joelle —

    Nice work on the LOVE article; that’s a good one (and I too am glad you have computer friends).

    You’re in for the lunch, but today is the last day for people to make articles to get the free lunch at Pucks with Max.

    Anywho, it’s cool how you linked it back to the IMA and Robert Indiana (there’s a decent article on him).

    The “Learn More” section is cool, too. I hadn’t thought of that before. I like that youtube video you linked there — and not just because it has footage of me in it, but because it’s an early youtuber from the Nugget Factory. “Vintage” I’ll say.

    I summarized the Wikipedia situation over in the other post:

    I’ll send you an e-mail this week, Joelle, and we’ll begin making arrangements for the lunch with the director.

    I’m hoping one more person makes an article today.


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    Jenny Says:

    I added a Wikipedia entry on the diSuvero: Any spots left for lunch?!

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    Richard Says:

    Hey, Jenny —

    Thanks for your work. You’re in!

    That’s now 5 articles!

    I’ll be sending you an e-mail this week.


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