Cover image: From the archive of Veronika Radulovic

From imagined archives to the creation of counter archives, or to artwork sourced directly from state-run, private or national archives, during the past century, artists have used archives for the creation of their work. While the ‘archival turn’ took central stage in contemporary theory, art and art criticism, the normative ambitions of archival practices persist. The supposed neutrality, if not objectivity, of the archival space is produced and reproduced through mechanisms of exclusion such as hegemonic classification structures, sets of rules, protocols, procedures and technologies that govern access to their holdings. Departing from the showcased artists in the exhibition Don’t Call it Art!, artist Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn and art historian Amber Berson, will lead a two-hour Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Designed to improve coverage of Vietnamese arts on Wikipedia, the workshop will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments.

The workshop will be held entirely in English, but bilingual writing and editing is encouraged. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

Please fill out this form for participating in the workshop:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeAcpgQS7CUeXyQGTiogDzOwBwrhCROTsTzR4_NG-Di-zE-g/viewform

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Schedule:

9:30-9:50: Guests check-in

10:00-10:15: Introduction of guests & workshop

10:15-11:00: Presentation by guest curator & edit-a-thon specialist Amber Berson

11:00-11:45: Edit-a-thon practical workshop

11:45-12:00: Final thoughts & questions

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Community care reminder:
As part of safety regulations against Covid-19, please bring a mask to the event and please consider cancelling your visit if you are experiencing any symptoms such as coughing or fever. And if you have forgotten protective gear at home, don’t worry, we will have extra masks and sanitizer at the space 🙂

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Biographies

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn is a visual artist and currently a Visiting Scholar at Fulbright University Vietnam while conducting her PhD in the ‘Art, Technology and Design,’ a joint program offered by Konstfack and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a researcher and a visual artist using archives and a broad range of media to investigate issues of historicity, collectivity, utopian politics and multiculturalism via feminist theories. Nguyễn’s work has been shown internationally, such as at the Borås Art Biennial, Borås (2021); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2021); Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2019); The Július Koller Society, Bratislava (2019); CAMPLE LINE, Thornhill (2019); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2018); Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Philadelphia (2018);  and her ongoing PhD research has so far been presented at the Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, Paris (2022); INHA, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris (2022); National Gallery Singapore (2022); Tate Britain, London (2019).

Amber Berson

Executive Director of The Visual Arts Centre in Montreal (CA), Amber Berson is a writer, a curator, and an Art Historian. She holds a doctoral degree from Queen’s University where her SSHRC funded research examined artist-run culture and feminist, utopian thinking. In her spare time, Berson works on knowledge equity projects, especially with the Art+Feminism Wikipedia project, where she worked in various capacities for a decade. Furthermore, she was the 2019-2020 Wikipedian-in-Residence at Concordia University Libraries. In addition to her curatorial work, Berson’s writing has been published in a variety of publications, including Canadian Art, C Magazine, Revue .dpi, Esse, Fuse Magazine, M/Other Voices, The Creative Independent and the St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies.