We believe in fun.
This is not just an empty statement. Wikipedians follow their passions when choosing which articles to edit. If we want to develop a sustainable model for visual contribution we need to be true to our desires. Initially I was simply searching for articles I wanted to illustrateâ€¦ From electric chairs to witch hunts these fun morbid subjects felt like a bit of a stretchâ€¦ until it hit meâ€¦ zombies!
As I was browsing some of the undead Wikipedia articles I came across the term Philosophical Zombie. Apparently it is a thought experiment used in philosophy in which this person (the P-zombie) acts like a human externally though they don’t share the same feelings or vulnerabilities as humans do. In a way they are acting out.
It seems like artists resist to give in to collective culture in fear it would eat their brains, devour their subjectivity, steal their soul (funny, the same accusations were against photography). Will we be acting as philosophical zombies within this collective process? Or will we maintain our humanity and show that those Wikipedians down there don’t bite (hard).
*The illustration for the “Philosophical Zombie” will follow soon in the meanwhile enjoy “Chicken Girl”, an earlier zombie themed painting.