Project: Constant_V

Anna K: Just for the record

Together with visual artist Clara Thomine, the writer Catherine Lenoble is invited to talk about Anna Kavan and other heroines during the first workshop of the series Just for the record.

Just for the record investigates how gender is represented in new media and writing/publishing tools like Wikipedia, and how it influences the way history is recorded.

Despite Wikipedia’s efforts to come up with solutions to live up to their motto "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit", not only do the contributors predominantly identify as men, but the contents published also show partial gender representations. With platforms as Wikipedia becoming more important in our society these issues require attention. As a symbolic example, the article ’heroine’ is automatically redirected to the article ’hero’, and its emblematic figures are mostly male. Next to the issues of authorship and subject matter, the writing style and article structure that have become idiomatic on Wikipedia cause their own issues. A classic example of this is the amount of articles about women that starts with "this woman was the sister/wife of this famous man" in their first or second sentence.

During the workshop, we will take these observations as the point of departure for lectures and discussions - the day includes a crash course in Wikipedia editing.

The day will end with the finissage of Catherine Lenoble’s installation Anna K at Constant.

Here you find the complete program:

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