Print Wikipedia is an art project by Michael Mandiberg that is printed 106 of the 7,473 volumes of Wikipedia as it existed on April 7, 2015 and also included wallpaper displaying 1,980 additional volumes. [1] [2] A 36-volume index of all the 7.5 million contributors to English Wikipedia is also part of the project. The table of contents takes up 91 700-page volumes. [3] The printed volume only includes text of the articles. Images and references are not included. [4] The project was shown at Denny Gallery in New York City in the summer of 2015. [5]

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Mandiberg originally thought of the project in 2009 but ran into technical difficulties. He then engaged an assistant, Jonathan Kirinathan, to help with the programming of the code to compile. [1] The print files were uploaded to self book publisher and are available for printout as paper volumes.

Mandiberg’s motivation was to answer the question, “How big is it?” For a big data entity, its size is on the threshold of what can be perceived as a collection of volumes, but not so much as to overwhelm one’s senses, such as the data files of Facebook or the NSA . [6] Katherine Maher , chief communications officer of the Wikimedia Foundation , has been described as “a gesture at knowledge”. It has also been described as a “futile grand gesture”. Wikimedia has collaborated with the project and has helped fund it. [3]

The task took three years, and the upload process took 24 days, 3 hours and 18 minutes. It was completed on July 12, 2015. [7] PediaPress had attempted to raise money for a full English Wikipedia print out on Indiegogo in 2014, but the project was pulled. [8] Mandiberg estimates that the printing costs of a full printout are around $ 500,000. The Denny art exhibit is a featured feature of the book. The show revolved around the upload of the print files to [5]

See also

  • 2015 in art


  1. ^ Jump up to:c “Print Wikipedia, in 7,600 volumes, to sell for $ 500,000”, The Hindu , 22 June 2015
  2. Jump up^ Sawers, Paul (June 17, 2015). “You can soon buy a 7,471-volume printed version of English Wikipedia for $ 500,000” . VentureBeat . Retrieved January 29, 2016 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Jennifer Schuessler, “Moving From Wikipedia Computer to Many, Many Bookshelves” New York Times , 16 June 2015
  4. Jump up^ Wikipedia, Volume 0873,Arturo O’Farrill Jr. — Art Deco, Publisher Michael Mandiberg, 2015, page 611450ISBN 9781329244580
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Natalie Hegert, “Standing Out in the Crowd: 10 Summer Solo Shows Around the World in 2015”, , June 24, 2015
  6. Jump up^ “Why Print Copies of Wikipedia?” Interview with Michael Mandiberg by Dan Damon,BBCWorld Update, 19 June 2015
  7. Jump up^ Schuessler, Jennifer (July 13, 2015). “Print Wikipedia Project Reaches Final Entry” . The New York Times . Retrieved 13 July 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ Hannah Ghorashi, “From AAAAA! ToZZZAP !: Michael Mandiberg on his plan to print Wikipedia “, ARTnews, 24 June 2015

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