06 March 2010
Wikiartists should read the "Wiki Perspectives: Multiform Unity and Global Tribes" chapter in The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press, 2011).
From the University of Chicago Press catalog:
In The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age, artist and educator Mel Alexenberg offers a prophetic vision of a postdigital future that reveals a paradigm shift from the Hellenistic to the Hebraic roots of Western culture. The author surveys new art forms emerging from a postdigitial age that address the humanization of digital technologies. He ventures beyond the digital to explore postdigital perspectives rising from creative encounters between art, science, technology, and human consciousness. New chapters “Postdigital Perspectives: Rediscovering Ten Fingers” and “Wiki Perspectives: Multiform Unity and Global Tribes” have been added to chapters on semiotic, morphological, kabbalistic, and halakhic perspectives. The interrelationships between these alternative perspectives demonstrate the confluence between postdigital art and the dynamic, creative, open-ended Jewish structure of consciousness. Alexenberg’s pioneering artwork – a vibrant fusion of spiritual and technological realms – exemplifies and complements the theoretical thesis of his book. A revolutionary investigation into interactive and collaborative forms that imaginatively envisages the vast potential of art in a postdigital future.
11 September 2008
The http://www.wikiartists.us/ blog was created to invite people in all walks of life to become wikiartists by participating in the creation of web-enabled peer-produced artworks. This blog's URL is www.wikiartists.us – not .com, not .org, not .net – but .us – us – we the people interacting with each other through the web, crossing borders and honoring cultures different from our own.
MERIWIP: Exemplary Wikiart Project
People from the 21 Mediterreanean Rim countries (Spain, France, Monaco, Malta, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco) are invited to translate the text below into their language for posting on this blog.
Become a wikiartist by participating in MERIWIP: MEditerranean RIm WIkiart Project. Anyone can be a wikiartist by collaborating in creating web-enabled peer-produced artworks. MERIWIP invites people living in the 21 countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea to interact with each other through images of local weddings and native flowers. Look below for instructions for participation. Please forward this message to your friends and relatives around the Med Rim.
Oldest Med Rim Languages
Hebrew and Greek are the Med Rim oldest languages still in use. Contemporary Israelis and Greeks can read ancient Hebrew and Greek texts that were written more than 3,000 years ago. Below are translations of the text above into Hebrew and Greek.
MERIWIP: MEditerrenean RIm WIkiart Project.
כל אחד יכול להיות ויקיארטיסט באמצעות שיתוף פעולה
ביצירת אומנות המאופשרות באינטרנט בהפקת עמיתים. מזמין אנשים המתגוררים ב 21 המדינות הסובבות את הים התיכון, ליצור קשר אחד עם השני דרך תמונות של חתונות או פרחים מקומיים. לפרטי השתתפות http://www.wikiartists.us/ ראה
והעבירו הודעה זו לחבריכם הסובבים את הים התיכון
02 September 2008
MERIWIP invites people living in the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea to be wikiartists by collaborating in creating a web-enabled peer-produced artwork.
Anyone from the 21 Mediterranean Rim countries (Spain, France, Monaco, Malta, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco) can become a wikiartist by participating in MERIWIP.
Step 1. Send a wedding photograph from your country, the first names of the bride and groom, and the city and country in which they live. E-mail the picture as a JPG file and the information about the couple to firstname.lastname@example.org. The wedding pictures will be posted on this blog in the geographical order of the countries as they surround the Sea.
Step 2. Send a photograph of flowers that grow in your country as a wedding gift to a couple from another Med Rim country. E-mail the flowers as a JPG file to email@example.com. Your flower picture with the names of both of your country and the flower species will be posted with the wedding picture of the couple.
Interaction Towards Multiform Unity
MERIWIP will facilitate interaction between people living in the Med Rim countries to promote good will and unity – not the unity of the uniform, but multiform unity in which the distinctive culture of each country is honored. Marriage is an archetype of multiform unity, a loving unification that respects diversity. At its best, it creates a vibrant harmony between two singular people of different sexes, life experiences, cognitive styles, and viewpoints. It is a model for bringing peaceful relationships between to the rich variety of peoples and nations surrounding the Sea.
This wikiart project is inspired by YASMIN’s call for projects to advance communication, collaboration, and cooperation between these 21 countries. YASMIN is an Internet community
that promotes art-science-technology interactions around the Mediterranean Rim. Join the Facebook Wikiartists Group http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=26108262886&ref=ts.
‘I propose that collaboration was a crucial element in the transition from modernist to postmodernist art and that a trajectory consisting of a series o artistic collaborations emerges clearly from the late 1960s conceptualism onward. The proliferation of teamwork in post-1960s art challenged not only the terms by which artistic identity was conventionally conceived but alos the ‘frame’ – the discursive boundary between the ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of a work of art. I would argue that artist collaboration in the late 1960s and during the 1970s occupies a special position: Redefinition of art and artistic collaboration intersected at this time.’
From ‘The Third Hand: Collaboration in Art from Conceptualism to Postmodernism’ by Charles Green (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001).
Peer Production in Web-enabled Communities
‘This may be the birth of a new era, perhaps even a golden one, on par with the Italian renaissance or the rise of Athenian democracy. Mass collaboration across borders, disciplines, and cultures is at once economical and enjoyable. We can peer produce an operating system, an encyclopedia, the media, a mutual fund, and even physical things like a motorcycle. We are becoming an economy unto ourselves – a vast global network of specialized producers that swap and exchange services for entertainment, sustenance, and learning. A new economic democracy is emerging in which we all have a lead role.’
‘Billions of connected individuals can now actively participate in innovation, wealth creation, and social development in ways we once only dreamed of. And when these masses of people collaborate the collectively can advance the arts, culture, science, education, government, and the economy in surprising but ultimately profitable ways. Companies that engage with these exploiting Web-enabled communities are already discovering the true dividends of collective capability and genius…based on new competitive principles such as openness, peering, sharing, and acting globally.’
From ‘Wikonomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything’ by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams (New York and London: Portfolio, 2008).
Empowering and Unifying Individuals Everywhere
‘The divine purpose of the present information revolution, which gives an individual unprecedented power and opportunity, is to allow us to share knowledge – spiritual knowledge – with each other, empowering and unifying individuals everywhere. We need to use today’s interactive technology not just for business or leisure but to interlink as people – to create a welcome environment for the interaction of our souls, our hearts, our visions.’
From ‘Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe’ by Menachem M. Schneerson, adapted by Simon Jacobson (New York: William Morrow, 1995)
Devenez un artiste Wiki en participant à MERIWIP: MEditerranean RIm WIkiart Project. Lisez le projet d'art Wiki Morerranean Rim. Tout le monde peut être un artiste Wiki en collaborant à la création d'œuvres produites en collaboration et compatibles avec le Web. MERIWIP invite les personnes vivant dans les 21 pays du bassin méditerranéen à interagir les unes avec les autres à partir d'images de mariages locaux et de fleurs de leur région. Visitez http://www.wikiartists.us/ pour plus de détails concernant les modalités de participation, et faites passer ce message à vos amis autour de la mer méditerranée. (translated by Pascal Beusse, professor at École nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon, France)
Suleyman sends cactus flowers M. spinosissima from Turkey
Become a wikiartist by participating in MERIWIP: MEditerranean RIm WIkiart Project. Anyone can be a wikiartist by collaborating in creating web-enabled peer-produced artworks. MERIWIP invites people living in the 21 countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea to interact with each other through images of local weddings and native flowers. See http://www.wikiartists.us/ for details on participation and forward this message to your friends around the Med Rim.
Diventa un wikiartista partecipando al MERIWIP: MEditerranean RIm WIkiart Project - Progetto Wikiart Bordo del Mediterraneo. Ognuno può essere un wikiartista collaborando alla creazione di opere artistiche prodotte attraverso una piattaforma paritaria (peer) e abilitata per il web. MERIWIP invita le persone che vivono nei 21 paesi che si affacciano sul Mediterraneo ad interagire tra di loro attraverso immagini di matrimoni locali e fiori locali. Visita http://www.wikiartists.us/ per dettagli su come partecipare e inoltra questo messaggio ai tuoi amici intorno al Bordo del Mediterraneo. (translation by Maria Pistoletto and Christina Bottigella at Cittadellarte, Biella, Italy)
(translated into Croatian (Dalmatia region) by the artist Roko Ivanda of Vodice, Croatia)
(translated by Veroniki Korakidou, Ph.D Researcher at European Mobile Lab for Interactive Media, Athens, Greece)
Γίνε κι εσύ ένας wikiartist με τη συμμετοχή σου στο MERIWIP: MEditerranean RIm WIkiart Project.Καθένας μπορεί να γίνει wikiartist με τη συνεργασία του/της στη δημιουργία συλλογικά-παραχθέντων έργων τέχνης μέσω του web. Το MERIWIP προσκαλεί τους ανθρώπους που ζουν στις 21 χώρες που περιβάλλουν τη Μεσόγειο να αλληλεπιδράσουν ο ένας με τον άλλον μέσω των εικόνων των τοπικών γάμων και των εγγενών λουλουδιών. Δείτε την ιστοσελίδα http://www.wikiartists.us/ για τις λεπτομέρειες της συμμετοχής σας και διαβιβάστε αυτό το μήνυμα στους φίλους σας γύρω από τη λεκάνη της Μεσογείου.
Albireo sends flowers growing near Mellieha in Malta
Roko sends flowers from Croatia to Oded and Inbal
(translated by Renana Goren of Tel Aviv)
(translated by Abdelkrim Amrani, Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tetouan, Morocco)