06 September 2008

Peer Creation

Creating Wikiart
I created a blog http://wikiartists.us/ to invite people in all walks of life to become wikiartists by participating in the creation of a web-enabled peer-produced artwork. The blog 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: MEditerranean RIm WIkiart Project
My first project, MERIWIP: MEditerranean RIm WIkiart Project, invites people living in the 21 countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea (Spain, France, Monaco, Malta, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco) to be wikiartists by collaborating in creating a work of wikiart.

Peer Participation
Participants from the 21 Med Rim countries are invited to send a wedding photograph with the first names of the bride and groom and the city and country in which they live. They e-mail the picture as a JPG file and the information about the couple to art@wikiartists.us. The wedding pictures are posted on the blog http://www.wikiartists.us in the geographical order of the countries as they surround the Sea.

As a second step, participants e-mail a photograph of flowers that grow in their country as a wedding gift to a couple from another Med Rim country. The flower picture with the country’s name is posted next to the receiving couple.

Mulitform Unity
MERIWIP creates a dynamic interchange between people living in the Med Rim countries promoting 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.

My 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.

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