[artinfo] Readme 100 - deadline approaching!

Alexei Shulgin alexei at easylife.org
Tue Aug 2 01:49:13 CEST 2005

Dear all!
Let me remind you that the deadline for Runme 100 proposals is in one
week - August 8. Readme 100 is a real chance to get support for your
good deeds!

Greetings, Alexei

Please distribute!

README 100: Temporary software art factory

Call for proposals: Deadline August 8, 2005

Readme festival in the year 2005 aims at supporting the production of 
software art projects and
texts critically engaging with software art. Readme 100 will support up to 
6 projects and up to 6
articles on the competition basis. Each project will get a budget from 500 
to 3000 euros
(depending on the project complexity) and each article - 500 euros. The 
completed or close to
completion works and texts will be presented at the off-line event 
scheduled for November 4-5,
2005 in the State and City Library of Dortmund, Germany. Completed works 
will be honorably
published at Runme.org repository.

Proposals for projects and texts should be sent to og {at} dxlab.org and 
inke.arns {at} hmkv.de
no later than August 8. Readme 100 only supports new projects and texts. 
The decision will be
publicly announced on August 15, 2005. Please prepare the material in 
whatever format you see fit.
Make sure you include the concept / outline (around 1 page of text -approx. 
1.800 characters), a
short CV, links to your previous projects, the estimate budget, and any 
material you find

Different ways of software art production, including self-employing, 
hiring, using open source
solutions, interfacing with IT economy sector and educational/cultural 

Besides ways of production common for art and open source, we suggest to 
consider outsourcing
solutions (more details on Readme website) as they are proven to be 
efficient and adequate for the
modern globalized economy.

Factory - idea and location:
Readme 100 wishes to use the potential of the idea of production. Software 
art is often produced
using conventional software production models; sometimes pragmatic software 
tools get regarded in
terms of software art and vice versa: software art projects get used and 
sold as tools. One could
hire an Indian programmer to code a piece of software art; one could get 
rich from selling
well-advertised unconventional software, one could discover that an author 
of a conventional
software piece always felt it was something "different". Readme temporary 
software art factory
would like to focus not only on the product itself, but on the way of its 
production, and
experiment with different models of production in relation to art, 
including outsourcing, work
within IT companies or self-production.

Readme 100 regards texts as essential parts of the production process; 
critical texts are welcome
to be produced at the temporary software art factory.

What makes Dortmund particularly interesting as a venue for Readme 100 is 
the fact that the city
and the whole region of the Ruhrgebiet is in full transition from a former 
heavy industrial city
(coal, steel) to a city/region focusing on new technologies.
This setting symbolises exactly the transition from a fordistic / 
industrial production model to
a post-fordistic / post-industrial one. The fordistic production model is 
represented by, e.g.
Hollerith calculating machines, machine processing, "mechanization takes 
command", batch
processing. The post-fordistic, globalization-related model which started 
to evolve in the 1970s,
is characterised by upcoming concepts of timesharing, offshore outsourcing, 
borders transparent
for capital but not for human resources, the introduction of object 
oriented programming
languages, the increasing networking of computers and the first multimedia 
computers. The
"temporary software art factory" as a concept relates both to the 
originally fordistic calculating
machine, the networked, interactive medium that emerged from it, and 
globalized modes of

Readme 100 is hosted by Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany, and 
is organized by Inke
Arns, Olga Goriunova, Francis Hunger and Alexei Shulgin. The organizers 
will also form a selection
committee together with Amy Alexander and Alex McLean from Runme.org.

Readme is a travelling media art festival with a focus on software art. Its 
mission is software
art development and critical contextualisation. Readme is closely related 
with Runme.org, the
software art repository.

Readme festival history:
2002, Moscow. Beginning of formation of self-reflecting scene. Generating 
the first definitions
of software art.
2003, Helsinki. Launch of Runme.org, the software art repository. 
Introduction of software art
categories. Accumulating projects in the database.
2004, Aarhus. Further development of critical discourse: Software Art and 
Cultures Conference.
Runme-Dorkbot city camp - a face-to-face meeting of "people doing strange 
things with software".

Why is the festival called "Readme 100" if it is just the forth edition:
4 equals 100 in the binary numeral system; we use this system here for the 
reason of beauty of
the title.

Readme 100 is supported by:
-Ministerium fuer Staedtebau und Wohnen, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, 
-Stadt- und Landesbibliothek, Dortmund
-LesArt Literaturfestival, Dortmund
-Kulturbuero Stadt Dortmund


Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund


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