[artinfo] readme 100 software art factory - call for submissions

olga goriunova og at dxlab.org
Sun Jul 24 19:19:02 CEST 2005

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 appropriate.

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

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

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

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

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 r

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