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American Libraries,
Tue, 11/01/2011

Libraries Tap into Crowd Power

The notion that a group of people with varying opinions, when aggregated, can result in better information than a specific expert could come up with—aka “crowdsourcing”—has been around for some time. It’s one of the ideas on which the 10-year-old Wikipedia is based. So it seemed only natural when one of the most-consulted websites in the world recently posted a ubiquitous banner stating WIKIPEDIA LOVES LIBRARIES. What has resulted is nationwide “editathons”—editing marathons organized by active Wikipedia users to expand and add depth to the website’s content on a wide range of cultural and historical topics.

Charles Stewart imparting at ToFF wiki workshop.

At the Tom of Finland Foundation Library in Los Angeles on October 30, the “Queering Wikipedia Editathon” drew community activists, library school students, and members of the Foundation to create and update LGBT-related articles. Katie Herzog, director of the Molesworth Institute, helped put the event together and told AL that the meeting inspired dialogue about Gay history and generated an increased interest in activism for citizen-created content. “Everyone left feeling like it was the first of many to come,” she said.

 

By Sanhita SinhaRoy, Asscoiate Editor

COMPLETE ARTICLE

 

ToFF thanks Katie, Charles and Toni for making the wiki world – our world – a better place.

TOM OF FINLAND in Wikipedia

 

 

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Keskustelutilaisuus: Pornoa vai taidetta? – 3 marraskuu – Turku, Suomi

Taidekeskustelussa Pornoa vai taidetta? taidekriitikot Dan Sundell sekä Juha-Heikki Tihinen keskustelevat taiteen ja pornon rajapinnoista sekä Tom of Finlandin merkityksestä taidekentällä. Voiko porno olla taidetta, entäs mikä on pornon ja eroottisen taiteen ero? Haastattelijana toimii Rita Paqvalén.

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Sketch), c. 1966, Graphite on paper, 8.25” x 8.75”, ToFF Permanent Collection #0413, © 1966 Tom of Finland Foundation

Touko Laaksonen eli Tom of Finland (1920–1991) on yksi Suomen kansainvälisesti tunnetuimmista taiteilijoista, jonka tie maailman taidemuseoihin ja gallerioihin on kulkenut seksikauppojen, pornolehtien ja mainosmaailman kautta.

Tom of Finland aloitti taiteilijauransa ja tuli myös maailmanlaajuisesti tunnetuksi pornokuvien tekijänä ja pornolehtien kuvittajana. Hänen kuvat pääsivät vasta hänen viimeisinä elinvuosina perinteisen ta…idemaailman näyttämöille. Suomessa hän nousi taideyleisön tietoon vasta 1990-luvulla, jolloin hänen kuvia alettiin näyttää taidegallerioissa.

 

Tilaisuus on Tom of Finland -näyttelyn yhteydessä. Liput 8/12 euroa.

Torstai, 3 marraskuu • 17:00-19:00

Logomo
Köydenpunojankatu 14
Turku, Finland

 

Tom of Finland (1920-1991) is one of Finland’s best-known artists. His work has travelled the road to the world’s art museums and galleries from sex shops, porn magazines and advertising.

DISCUSSION: Art or Porn? Can pornography be art? What is the difference between pornography and erotic art? Art critics, Dan Sundell and Juha-Heikki Tihinen will discuss as well as Tom of Finland’s role in the field. Rita Paqvalén interviews.

Art and an opportunity for discussion. 3rd of November, 2011. Tickets 8 /12 euro.

 

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